This rich and creamy flavoursome Chicken Masala rivals any Indian restaurant! Why go out when you can make it better at home! With aromatic golden chicken pieces swimming in an incredible curry sauce, this Chicken Masala recipe is one of the best you will try! Pair it with our buttery garlic naan breads!
If you can find Kashmiri Chili, use it! It’s a mild chili but intensifies the colour and adds a wonderful flavour to the Masala sauce. If you can’t find it, don’t worry. Any ground red chili powder or Cayenne powder will do! You can adjust the amount to suit your heat preference, or leave it out all together for a non spicy Tikka.
To blend or not to blend the sauce
This is personal preference. Over the years I’ve tried both AND made both options over the last couple of weeks for the purpose of this post. In the image above, we blended the sauce and then strained it for a smooth lump free sauce. In the image below served with rice we are showing the non blended sauce.
We prefer the non blended sauce. It’s easier, less mess and not necessary! Especially when the most crucial flavours are strained right out. You WANT those flavours in your curry.
For a juicier Masala Chicken, marinate the chicken for a good 30 minutes to one hour in 1 tsp turmeric powder, 2 tbsp mustrad oil, salt and 2 tsp curd and garlic paste.
Fresh tomatoes always works better than tomato puree.
Make sure you slow cook the chicken, as this would enhance the flavour and colour of your dish.
If the chicken is fried in the masala until it releases oil, it will have a darker colour. If you prefer a deeper colour, you can also add Kashmiri red chilli powder.
750 gm chicken
2 cup chopped onion
salt as required
2 inches cinnamon stick
2 green cardamom
1 teaspoon ginger paste
2 teaspoon coriander powder
1 cup water
2 teaspoon cumin powder
1 tablespoon garam masala powder
1 tablespoon ghee
4 tablespoon mustard oil
1/2 cup minced tomato
3 teaspoon coriander leaves
2 bay leaf
1 black cardamom
2 teaspoon garlic paste
1 teaspoon powdered turmeric
2 teaspoon red chilli powder
2 green chillies
2 teaspoon kasoori methi powder
Wash and clean the chicken To make Masala Chicken, first thoroughly wash the chicken under running water. Now put it in some warm salted water and allow it to rest for 10 minutes and throw the water away and wash again. This helps to remove the smell of the chicken.
Saute whole spices Add oil and ghee in pan and heat over medium flame. When the oil is hot enough, add bay leaves and both the cardamom and cinnamon. Saute for a minute and then add finely chopped onion into it. Cook till onions turn pink. Then add the ginger-garlic paste. Fry for a minute and then add chicken pieces in it. Cook chicken for 2-3 minutes until it turns white.
Add spices in frying chicken Quickly, add red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric, cumin powder, and salt to taste. Stir to mix all the ingredients well with the chicken. Cook for a minute and then add finely chopped tomatoes and green chillies (slit and halved). Now reduce the flame and cook covered for 6-7 minutes and then uncovered till the chicken is browned.
Cook for 2-4 minutes with closed lid and serve hot Add one cup water and cover the pan with a lid and cook for 2-4 minutes until the chicken is tender and soft. Remove the lid and garnish with garam masala powder, coriander leaves, kasoori methi powder and cook on high flame till the oil separates. Your Masala Chicken or Chicken Masala is ready. Enjoy with butter naan, rice or roti.
The BEST part about this recipe and just like our Butter Chicken — you may already have these ingredients in your kitchen. If not, they are so easy to find in any grocery store, you won’t need to go searching high and low to find them! Authentic Chicken Tikka Masala is usually made with yogurt marinated chicken, skewered and chargrilled for incredible bbq flavours. For the sake of making this recipe much easier for us to make at home, we are using a skillet or pot to cook it all in, while still keeping those amazing flavours.
what to serve with chicken tikka masala
The BEST side is hot and fresh Basmati rice, garlic butter rice, fresh homemade Naan bread or flatbread.
Which chicken masala is best?
Everest Chicken Masala Powder. Everest has been one of the best Masala brands in India and has been a popular option for improving culinary values. The Everest Chicken Masala adds more flavour and taste to your food.
Why is Indian food so unhealthy?
All Indian food is hot and spicy.
Does chicken masala contain chicken?
Chicken Masala & salt to taste. Stir fry for 2-3 min. Add Chicken pieces and fry them for 10 min. ... Ingredients : Coriander seeds, Red Chillies, Turmeric, Cumin, Iodised Salt, Black Pepper, Fenugreek Leaves, Mustard, Dried Ginger, Cassia, Cardamom Amomum, Cloves, Nutmeg, Mace, Asafoetida.