Easy Chicken Tikka Masala

We are always asked what to do with our Garam Masala spice blend. Bill and I started using Garam Masala years ago, and really never used it for anything it “should” be used for. We often used it to season chicken that we roasted in the oven, and really loved it that way! Many people think of Chicken Tikka Masala when they think of this spice blend, so today we are sharing an easy recipe for delicious Chicken Tikka Masala.




With classic Chicken Tikka Masala, you should marinate your chicken in yogurt, but for our recipe, we stripped it down to the basics so that you can get the flavors of this dish, with a bit less work.



This recipe is full of warmth from the onion, garlic, fresh ginger, pepper, and of course the spice blend of Garam Masala. It is a great recipe to make when it’s chilly outside and you want something really comforting. We served this over cauliflower rice, so it’s completely Whole30 approved!



I took the lid off of our bottle of Garam Masala so that I could easily pour it into a tablespoon. Unfortunately things can get a bit dangerous when you are trying to cook, and maneuver around your husband who has a camera in the way of any arm movements trying to film this recipe.



So with one swift movement trying to get around the camera, and stir my recipe, the bottle of Garam Masala went down, and all over our kitchen floor. Thankfully we had already used what was needed for the recipe, but it made photographing the bottle a tad tricky (it was basically empty). Yesterday I spent a lot of the day cleaning, and was reminded of this kitchen oops every time I used the vacuum.



Bill picked up the can of tomatoes for me to make this recipe. He had seen somewhere that you should buy whole tomatoes, and squeeze them in your hand into the sauce. When he told me this, he said he thought it would give a “rustic look”. I don’t remember how I responded to that, but I’m pretty sure I just ignored that comment.



I didn’t feel like making a mess trying to dice whole tomatoes that were in tomato puree, so I squeezed each tomato into the pot. This reduced the mess, but I would have used diced tomatoes, which is what I called for in the recipe. If it were any other time of year, I wouldn’t mind, but my hands have been super dry from the cold weather. I would have made Bill do the dirty work, but he had to man the camera, so, lucky me!



This recipe came together really easily (if you ignore the spice spill), and once everything was in the pot, it just simmered away until we were ready to eat. The best kind of meal! I hope you enjoy this recipe, and let us know how you like using our Garam Masala spice blend!


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Easy Chicken Tikka Masala

This is an easy recipe for Chicken Tikka Masala that eliminates the step of marinating the chicken, so you have a meal that comes together quickly, but has all of the wonderful flavors, warmth, and comfort of classic Chicken Tikka Masala.

Serves: 4

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Note, these instructions are written assuming the standard serving size, since you have modified the number of servings, these steps may need to be modified for best results
  1. Heat half of a tablespoon of ghee in a small soup pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the cubed chicken, and sear on all sides. Season with salt and pepper, and then remove from the pot.
  3. Add the diced onion to the pot, along with the minced ginger and garlic, and saute until the onion starts to become translucent.
  4. Add the coconut milk, along with the Garam Masala, and crushed red pepper, and stir to combine.
  5. Add the diced tomatoes, and stir to evenly combine.
  6. Add the chicken back into the pot, and stir in one tablespoon of ghee.
  7. Allow the Tikka Masala to come to a bubble, and then turn down to simmer, and place a lid on the pot, but do not seal the top so that steam can escape.
  8. Cook the Tikka Masala for about 2 hours, stirring from time to time.
  9. Before Serving, saute your riced cauliflower in the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of ghee.
  10. Season with salt and pepper if desired.
  11. Serve the Tikka Masala over your riced cauliflower, and garnish with chopped cilantro.
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