Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken tikka masala is a dish of chunks of roasted marinated chicken in a spiced curry. The curry is usually creamy and orange-coloured.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 250 kcal


  • Instant Pot


Masala Gravy

  • 15 ounces Crushed Tomatoes
  • Salt To Taste
  • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • ½ tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder
  • ½ tsp Cumin Powder Roasted
  • ½ tsp Coriander Powder Roasted
  • ½ tsp Garam Masala
  • ½ tsp Sugar
  • 6-8 units Garlic Cloves Crushed
  • ½ tsp Ginger Garlic Paste

Final Cooking

  • ½ cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 tsp Butter
  • Handful of Chopped Coriander
  • 1 tsp Kasuri Methi (Fenugreek Leaves)


Chicken Marination

  • Mix all the ingredients for the chicken marinade.
  • Marinate for at least 20 minutes or up to overnight, in an air tight container in the fridge. The longer you marinate, the better.

Cooking in Instant Pot

  • Turn on the saute mode on your instant pot. Add the oil and let it heat for 1 minute. Add the marinated chicken and cook for 2- 3 minutes, until no longer pink.
  • Now add the masala gravy ingredients.
  • Mix, and cancel the saute mode. Close the instant pot lid, move the valve to sealing, and put on manual pressure for 6 minutes.
  • Do NPR for 2 minutes and then vent. Open lid. Refer to finishing instructions below in the recipe card.

Cooking on stove top

  • Add oil to a medium sized pot, and add the oil.
  • Add the chicken and saute for 5-7 minutes until cooked through.
  • Remove the chicken from the pot, and set aside.
  • Now add ginger and garlic, and saute for 20 seconds or so.
  • Then add the spices and saute for 30 seconds. Add the crushed tomatoes. Add the salt and sugar, 1/4 cup water, and allow the sauce to reach a simmer.
  • Lower the heat, and cook for about 15-20 minutes, while stirring every few minutes.
  • Add the chicken back to the pot, and stir to combine. Refer to finishing instructions below.

Final Finshing

  • Turn on the saute mode on the IP OR if using stove top, turn up the heat to medium. Bring the chicken tikka masala up to a simmer. Add heavy cream, kasuri methi, butter and chopped coriander. Serve with rice and or naan.
Keyword Chicken, Tikka


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