Chicken Tikka Masala is a flavorful dish that consists of chunks of roasted marinated chicken in a spiced curry yogurt sauce. The masala sauce is usually creamy and orange-colored and is one of the most popular dishes among the United Kingdom. It pairs nicely with homemade naan, an oven-baked flatbread, allowing you to soak up all of the delicious flavors in the masala sauce.
What You’ll Need to Make Chicken Tikka Masala:
- 3 lbs chicken, can be chicken tenderloins or chicken breasts. Cut into 1-2” cubes.
- 1 large diced onion
- 4 cloves minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons ginger, can be fresh minced or paste
- 1 can crushed tomatoes
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 2 TBS olive oil
- 2 TBS Garam masala
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 TBS cumin
- ½ TBS paprika
- 2 tsp salt
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 2 TBS water, 2 TBS cornstarch
What You’ll Need to Make Naan:
- 1 cup plus 2 TBS self-rising flour
- 1 cup non-fat greek yogurt
- 2 TBS olive oil
How to Make Chicken Tikka Masala:
- Place chicken, onion, garlic, ginger, tomato, coconut milk, olive oil and all spices into a large bowl. Mix well to combine ingredients and evenly coat chicken. Place into your crockpot.
- Cover and cook for 8 hours on low (or 4 hours on high if you don’t have the time).
- With 1 hour left, add yogurt.
- Once cooked, mix your 2 TBS of water with 2 TBS cornstarch and add to crockpot. Gently stir to thicken sauce and let sit for 15 minutes before serving.
How to Make Naan:
- Add flour and greek yogurt to stand up mixing bowl with the dough hook attachment. I used the paddle attachment and it came out fine as well. Mix on low speed until combined, about 3-4 minutes.
- Turn dough onto a floured surface. Sprinkle with flour and knead a few times to form into a ball.
- Cut the ball into eight pieces.
- Flour surface, roll one piece of dough at a time into a thin circle.
- Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat and brush the skillet with a coat of olive oil. Place one circle of dough in the heated skillet and cook until browned on the bottom. Flip and brown the other side.
- Depending on how much you like your dough browned, time can range from 3 to 7 minutes, you just need to keep an eye on the dough.
- Optional garnish: brush with melted butter and sprinkle with salt and chopped cilantro.