Indian Chicken Tikka Marsala

Indian Chicken Tikka Marsala

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  • Prep Time


  • Total Time


  • Servings



  • Spices needed:

  • 5

    cardamom pods

  • 5

    cm cinnamon stick

  • 1

    tsp cumin powder

  • 1

    tsp coriander powder

  • ¼

    tsp turmeric powder

  • ½ to 1

    tsp cayenne pepper

  • 1

    tbsp paprika

  • 1

    tsp garam masala powder

  • Rest of the ingredients:

  • 3

    chicken breasts

  • 4

    tbsp olive or groundnut oil

  • onions

  • 2

    tsp fresh ginger, minced

  • 2

    tsp garlic, minced

  • 1

    large tomato

  • 1

    tsp tomato purée

  • 150

    ml water

  • Salt to taste

  • Yoghurt or 1 tin coconut milk, if desired

  • Fresh coriander to garnish


Step 1: Chop the tomato finely and set aside for later use. Step 2: Finely chop the onions and set aside. Step 3: Cube the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces, season with a little salt and also put to one side Step 4: Mix together the ginger, garlic, cumin, coriander, turmeric, cayenne, garam masala and paprika. Step 5: Put the oil into a pan over a medium heat. Step 6: When hot, add the cardamom pods and cinnamon stick, leave for a few seconds and then remove. This flavors the oil, giving it a wonderful aroma. Step 7: Add the onions and cook while stirring, until brown. Step 8: Add the masala paste and stir for a minute.(from Step 4) Step 9: Add the tomato and tomato purée and stir for a minute till thoroughly combined. Step 10: Pour in the water and bring to a gentle simmer, stirring constantly. Taste the sauce and season with salt if necessary. Step 11: Add the chicken cubes and mix well into the masala. Simmer for 10-12 minutes Step 12: Place the chicken on a serving dish, decorate with coriander leaves and serve.


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