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This is how to make the best Chicken Tikka Masala recipe
If you are looking for an easy chicken tikka masala recipe then this post is for you. It’s great for beginners who want to cook a fakeaway for a Friday night or even on a weekday.
This chicken masala recipe comes in at under £1 a head for four people and can be bulked up if needed with rice or any kind of vegetables.
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How to make the Chicken Tikka Masala sauce
All of this curry is made from scratch including the sauce. It’s a great beginner recipe if you’re unsure how to cook everything from scratch.
The spices are made up of Paprika, Cumin, Coriander, Chilli, Cinnamon, Black Pepper, Cloves and Cardamom.
The sauce which is for the marinated chicken is made up of onions, garlic and ginger.
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This chicken tikka recipe is great if you are on Slimming World too. The chicken can be grilled first or fried using low-cal spray.
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What goes with chicken tikka masala?
You can have loads of side dishes with chicken tikka masala that include:
Homemade naan bread
Chicken Tikka Masala Shopping List
This comes in at under £1 a head for four people. It can be a little spicy so you can tone it down with some extra tomato puree.
This is an easy recipe for the whole family to cook together. It’s delicious and only takes about ten minutes to prep and about thirty to forty minutes to cook.
4 chicken breasts £1.40
2 onion 16p
2 garlic cloves 6p
1 small piece of ginger 15p
200ml tinned tomatoes 28p
100ml single cream 60p
1 tsp lemon juice 5p
4 tbsp low cal spray 20p
1 tsp salt 3p
180g Rice 24p
Total: £3.17 (Correct at time of publishing)
Chicken Tikka Masala Instructions
Start by peeling and chopping the onion, garlic and ginger. You can whizz them in a blender if you’d prefer.
Chop the chicken into bite-size pieces. You can use fresh or frozen chicken but make sure that it’s been defrosted first.
Add all the ingredients together and leave for about 30 minutes.
Put the chicken on a baking tray grill for about 5 minutes in till the edges are a bit charred.
Fry the onion and add the rest of the ginger and garlic.
Add the tomatoes with any spices you may want.
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Add the chicken breasts and shimmer with the lid on for about ten minutes.
Stir in 100ml of the fresh cream and 50ml of warm water to make the sauce thick.
Season the curry as go and serve!
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- 4 chicken breasts
- 2 onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 small piece of ginger
- 200ml tinned tomatoes
- 100ml single cream
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 4 tbsp low cal spray
- 1 tsp salt
- 180g Rice
- Start by peeling and chopping the onion, garlic and ginger.
You can whizz them in a blender if you'd prefer.
- Chop the chicken into bite-size pieces. You can use fresh or
frozen chicken but make sure that it's been defrosted first.
- Add all the ingredients together and leave for about 30
- Put the chicken on a baking tray grill for about 5 minutes
in till the edges are a bit charred.
- Fry the onion and add the rest of the ginger and garlic.
- Add the tomatoes with any spices you may want.
- Add the chicken breasts and shimmer with the lid on for
about ten minutes.
- Stir in 100ml of the fresh cream and 50ml of
warm water to make the sauce thick.
- Season the curry as go and serve!
Amount Per Serving Calories 374Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 131mgSodium 738mgCarbohydrates 21gFiber 2gSugar 4gProtein 40g
Please check that this information is correct before you consume.