This Restaurant Style Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe is one of the best recipes to make your favourite Indian take out. Here is how to make Chicken tikka masala.

Best Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 465 kcal
Author: Neha Mathur

This recipe is one of the Best Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe to make your favourite Indian take out. It tastes very close to your favourite restaurant's version. 



For Marinating the Chicken

  • 500 g Chicken Boneless, Cut into small cubes
  • 1/4 cup Hung Curd
  • 2 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 tbsp Tikka Masala Spice Mix
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 pinch Red Food Colour Optional

For the Gravy

  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 2-3 Cardamom
  • 3-4 Cloves
  • 1 inch Cinnamon
  • 3-4 Black peppercorn
  • 1/2 cup Onion Finely Chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 cup Tomato Finely Chopped
  • 1-2 Green Chilli Slit into half
  • 1/4 cup Tomato Puree
  • 2 tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Roasted Cumin Powder
  • 2 tbsp Tikka Masala Spice Mix
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Cream
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 2 tbsp Kasuri Methi

For the smoky Flavour

  • Piece of charcoal
  • 1 tsp Ghee / Oil


  1. Mix all the ingredients for marinating the chicken in a bowl.

  2. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 10-12 hours.

  3. Pre heat the oven to 200 degrees C.

  4. Transfer the chicken pieces along with the marinade in a baking tray.

  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes until it is charred from the top.

  6. Heat butter and oil in a pan.

  7. Slightly crush the cardamom, cloves, cinnamon stick and black peppercorn and add them in the hot oil.

  8. Let them crackle for a few seconds.

  9. Add onion and fry until it turns translucent.

  10. Add ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute.

  11. Now add tomato and cook for 3-4 minutes until the tomatoes are mushy.

  12. Add green chilli, tomato puree, Kashmiri red chilli powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder, tikka masala and salt and cook for 3-4 minutes.

  13. Add grilled chicken and 1/2 cup of water and cook for 2-3 minutes.

  14. Now add fresh cream, honey and kauri methi and cook for another minute.

  15. Heat the piece of charcoal over direct flame until it is red hot.

  16. Keep a bowl in the centre of the karahi with the chicken and keep the hot charcoal piece in the bowl.

  17. Pour ghee on top of the charcoal and immediately cover the karahi with a lid.

  18. Let it rest for 15 minutes for the smoke to incorporate in the masala.

  19. Serve hot with naan or laccha paratha.

Recipe Notes

You can also grill the chicken over stone top in a  pan. 

Smoking the curry is optional. 

Nutrition Facts
Best Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 465 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Fat 40g62%
Saturated Fat 24g150%
Cholesterol 101mg34%
Sodium 1331mg58%
Potassium 398mg11%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 1310IU26%
Vitamin C 13.4mg16%
Calcium 75mg8%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.