Alternative:Chicken Tikka Masala

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Alternative:Chicken Tikka Masala
The finished dish
Category: Chicken recipes
Servings: 4
Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Medium
| Cuisine of the United Kingdom

Chicken tikka masala is a dish based on chunks of Indian-style roast chicken (Chicken Tikka) cooked in a Tomato, Curry sauce. There is no standard recipe for chicken tikka masala; a survey found that of 48 different recipes the only common ingredient was chicken.[1] The sauce usually includes tomato and either cream or coconut cream and various spices.



  1. Heat the oil in a wok (if available, otherwise a large frying pan).
  2. Add the garlic and onions (if using) and stir-fry until browned.
  3. Add the curry pastes and mix well, adding a little water or yogurt.
  4. Add the cooked chicken tikka and stir-fry for two minutes to heat through.
  5. Add the tomatoes, vinegar, tomato paste and chillies and simmer for five minutes. Add more water if required.
  6. Add the cream, garam masala and chopped cilantro and simmer for a few minutes.
  7. Garnish with fresh coriander and serve with Naan bread, rice coloured yellow with turmeric, onion bahjis and/or a glass of white wine.

Notes, tips and variations

  • Mustard seed oil is considered unfit for human consumption in many parts of the world and is therefore not available. A poor alternative can be made by crackling 1/2 tsp of mustard seeds in approximately 2 tbs of very hot vegetable or olive oil. Allow to cool then use in place of mustard seed oil.
  • Powdered or dried ingredients can be substituted for fresh, but at the expense of taste.


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