Chicken Tikka Masala

Make this iconic curry at home!!! It's a stunner - and although there's an extensive looking list of ingredients, it's astonishingly straight forward. Far better than paste in a jar, less oily than restaurants, and you can get everything you need from supermarkets!

Chicken Tikka Masala

Ingredients
CHICKEN TIKKA MARINADE:
  1. 600 g/ 1.2lb chicken thigh (boneless, skinless), cut into 3cm / 2.2" cubes (Note 1)
  2. 1/2 cup plain yoghurt, full fat best (Greek is fine)
  3. 6 cloves garlic , minced (~1.5 tbsp)
  4. 1 tbsp fresh ginger , grated
  5. 1 tsp garam masala (Note 2)
  6. 1 tsp each salt, cumin, ground coriander, paprika (sweet, normal or smokey)
  7. 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  8. 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  9. Pinch black pepper
  10. 2 tsp lemon juice

COOKING CHICKEN:
  1. 1 - 2 tbsp oil (Note 3)
  2. CURRY SAUCE SPICES:
  3. 2 tsp turmeric
  4. 1 tbsp garam masala (Note 2)
  5. 2 tsp coriander
  6. 1 tsp cumin
  7. 1/8 tsp cardomon powder
  8. 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

CURRY SAUCE:
  1. 3 tbsp / 65ml vegetable oil (Note 3)
  2. 30g / 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  3. 1 onion, finely chopped (brown, white or yellow)
  4. 1 tsp salt
  5. 2 tbsp fresh ginger , grated
  6. 6 cloves garlic , crushed or grated
  7. 1 tbsp paprika (not smoked)
  8. 400 ml / 1 2/3 cups tomato passata (tomato puree)
  9. 400 ml / 1 2/3 cups water
  10. 100 ml / 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp cream (thickened or pure is fine)
  11. 1 tsp sugar
  12. 50g / 3 tbsp unsalted butter

Instructions
CHICKEN TIKKA:
  • Combine all ingredients except chicken in a bowl and mix. Add chicken and turn well to coat.
  • Cover with cling wrap and leave in fridge to marinate overnight (3 hours minimum).
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a non stick pan over high heat until smoking. Add half the chicken and spread out. Leave for 2 minutes or until charred. Turn each piece and cook the other side until charred - don't worry if not cooked inside. (Note 4, also Video helpful here) Remove into bowl.
  • Scrape out charred bits left in pan and discard. Add more oil if required and cook remaining chicken.