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Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

I got this chicken tikka masala recipe from my aunt, who served it to us when we went to visit her. The chicken tikka masala tasted brilliant so I wanted to share it with you guys as well. Plus it was the first time I saw anyone use this technique. This dish combines chicken tikka and masala into one delicious conglomeration.


1 Kg Chicken

½ packet Chicken Tikka Masala

2 tbsp. Garlic (Lasun) paste

2 tbsp. Ginger Paste (Adrak)

1 cup Yogurt

½ tsp. Cumin seeds (Zeera)

1 tbsp. Green Chilli Sauce

2 tbsp. Soy Sauce

2 tbsp.  Vinegar

1 tsp. Salt (increase/decrease according to preference)

½ cup Oil + 1 tbsp. for the smoking

1 coal


  1. In a large bowl add almost all the ingredients, Leaving out the chicken and reserving ¼th cup of oil for later.
  2. Mix together well and add the chicken to the mixture piece by piece, coating each piece generously.
  3. Let this mixture marinate for at least 1 hour or up to four.
  4.  Add the rest of the oil to a large pot (ensure that the pot you use has a lid).
  5. Heat the oil to shimmering and add the marinated chicken along with all the marinade.
  6. Cook at a high heat for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, then reduce heat so that the chicken can cook through and the juices can simmer.
  7. Let the chicken simmer at a low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. If, after 15 minutes the chicken is cooked through; proceed to the next step, otherwise wait another 5 minutes.
  8. Turn the heat back up and evaporate any excess water from the pot, the finished dish should have a thick paste-like curry, however no soupiness should remain.
  9. Once the chicken is sufficiently dry, take your coal and heat it until its blazing.
  10. Turn off the heat and cover the pot.
  11. Place the blazing coal in a small metal bowl which easily fits into the pot and still allows for the lid to cover. If you don’t have such a utensil; then create a small bowl shape using aluminum foil and place the coal in it.
  12. Place the coal, in its bowl on top of the chicken in the dish and add a few drops of oil to the coal cover the pot once you have done this.
  13. Let the dish smoke for 5 minutes, before removing the coal carefully using tongs and serving.
  14. Delicious chicken tikka masala is ready to go!
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