Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala

Brady and Karen made this Chicken Tikka Masala for us years ago when we both lived in California and we fell in love. Recently we tried the same dish at an Indian restaurant called the Bombay House in Provo, UT and this recipe was spot on, it tastes exactly the same! So good and flavorful, you will love it.

Chicken Tikka Masala

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  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 4 long skewers
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 8oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


  • In a large bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, 2 tsp cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, pepper, ginger, and 1 tsp salt. Stir in chicken, cover, refrigerate 1 hour. Preheat a grill for high heat. Lightly oil the grill grate. Thread chicken onto skewers and discard marinade. Grill 5 min. on each side.
  • For the sauce: Melt butter in a large skillet. Saute garlic for 1 minute. Season with 2 tsp cumin, paprika and 1 tsp salt. Stir in tomato sauce and cream. Simmer on low heat until sauce thickens, about 20 minutes. Add grilled chicken, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Transfer to a serving platter and sprinkle with fresh chopped cilantro. Serve over rice.


  1. Katherine says:

    I recently posted that EXACT recipe on my blog. I will vouch that it's AMAZING!
    My husband lived in the West Indies for two years and knows his Indian fare. He has declared this recipe the best chicken he has ever had 🙂

  2. Amy says:

    Mmm, I love the Bombay House!

  3. DosiDough says:

    I used to travel to Provo, UT at least once a month for work and LOVED the Bombay House.

  4. Sarah says:

    That's it I'm making this tomorrow. Love the Bombay House in Provo and there's no Indian restaurants in Fairbanks, Alaska.

  5. Jolene Huff says:

    I love Bombay House! Do you have any idea how to make the Chicken Coconut Kurma from Bombay House?! I would love to duplicate that recipe!! Thanks! I love your blog!

  6. Emily says:

    I actually do have the recipe for the Chicken Coconut Kurma!!! Coming soon! Keep watching….

  7. My Sister's Kitchen says:

    Made this for dinner and loved it!!!! Can't wait to have it again. Are you still going to post the recipe for Coconut Kurma? Would love to try it as well! Thanks for all the yummy recipes.

  8. melissa says:

    I made this for the in-laws, and I warned them befoe-hand not to judge me when I licked the plate clean. This is so so so so so good. I've tried a bunch of different Tikka Masala recipes, hoping to satisfy my craving for Bombay House Tikka Masala, and this was PERFECT. I'll never have to go to Bombay House again! (plus, I don't live in Utah anymore… sad for me…) Not to toot my own horn, but I even made Naan for this dish. The Naan was also delicious, but my pizza stone cracked while making it! Sad day for me, but not too sad since I still had the tikka masala to make it all better. Thank you for sharing!

  9. Erica says:


    I wish there were a "like" button here because I would "like" your comment. In fact. I love it! Thanks so much! I am glad it turned out great for you!


  10. Aaron R says:

    I made this for my family a couple of nights ago and it was amazing! Even my 2-year-old was eating it. I just stumbled across your web site a week or so ago, but I have a very long list of new meals to try. Thanks!

  11. Jen says:

    Just made this and it far and away the best Indian recipe I have made at home. It was really easy and so tasty! Will definitely make this again!

  12. Liz says:

    I love love LOVE this recipe. It is now in our regular dinner rotation.

  13. Bethany says:

    This looks good, I’m going to try it tonight. Love all of your recipes that I’ve tried and your site. I did find it interesting that there is no curry in this recipe. We lived in the West Indies for 4 years and had wonderful Indian food, and I always assumed that the Indian flavor came from the curry. Any thoughts???

    • Emily says:

      All the spices together give it an indian curry taste, it is more authentic than using curry powder.

    • Erica says:

      @Bethany- You will love this dish. It is a rich, savory dish.. I know many Indian dishes call for curry but not this one. It doesn’t have the sweet flavor that curry typically brings and it just works with Tikka Masala. This is one of our very favorite dishes–my husband requests it all the time!

  14. Bethany says:

    Thanks for the reply back. I trust you and am cooking the dish right now! 🙂

  15. cameron says:

    I assume yogurt means plain low-fat non-flavored yogurt. Anyone try it with plain low-fat greek yogurt?

    That’s all I have in the kitchen and I want to try this recipe tonight.

    • Emily says:

      Yes, it is plain yogurt. I have used plain greek yogurt and it works great!

  16. Cindy says:

    Awesome recipe, had my picky eater asking for seconds.

  17. pam says:

    i live in an apartment and cannot grill the chicken. any ideas on how to prepare this dish without grilling the chicken?? thanks

    • Emily says:

      Instead of grilling, just cook the chicken pieces in a skillet until lightly browned. I have done this when it was raining and I didn’t want to go outside to grill, it still tasted great!

  18. Kerry says:

    Made this exactly as directed and it was AMAZING!! We love it and will be making it for friends real soon. One word…OUTTADAPARK!! Thank you!!

  19. Kathleen says:

    What kind of tomato sauce do you use? I’ve seen recipes for crushed tomatoes but just want to make sure I’m in line with all these rave reviews!

    • Emily says:

      I am pretty sure I just used a regular can of Hunt’s tomato sauce, nothing fancy!

      • Kathleen says:

        Sounds good, thank you! I’m looking forward to making it tonight!

  20. Regina Célia says:

    Hummm, vou tentar esta receita, amo comida indiana e os ingredientes tenho todos aqui em casa. Vou depois olhar com carinho seu blog, ele promete coisas deliciosas, agora vou levar a neta para a escola.
    Um abraço.

  21. Cory Elvidge says:

    SO YUMMY!!! Third recipe I’ve made from your site and all three were a home run! I’m so excited to make more!! Thank you so much for all your hard work. We LOVED the change of pace with this indian dish.

  22. Rachel says:

    This is the first time I’ve grilled chicken (I’ve made a point of not knowing how to do it so my husband would have to make dinner sometimes…) : ) but I got tired of waiting to have this recipe and did it myself.

    So, here’s my question: Was the chicken supposed to cook all the way through on the grill, or does it finish cooking while it is in the simmering sauce for 10 minutes?

    Thank you so much for your website! I LOATHE cooking dinner night after night after night after night and you guys make it bearable (and even fun — don’t tell)!

  23. Kim says:

    Initially saw this recipe pinned and thought I had to try it! I made it last week and it was so delicious! Thanks for the great recipe. I am now looking for more!

  24. Tracy says:

    This looks amazing! Just wondering how many this recipe serves. Thanks!

    • Emily says:

      This serves about 4 to 6, depending on serving sizes.

  25. Maritza says:

    I love indian food! this is amazing! I love Bombay House (I’ve only tried the one in SLC), but I love spicy indican food, so my question would be, what spice, chili, do they use to make it hot? is it just cayenne pepper? I would love to try it, but all my family would request spice! I know it, and I am going to try to prepare Naan, basmati rice so we have the whole experience. Thanks!

    • Emily says:

      If you want to kick up the spice, you can add red pepper flakes, but I would use siracha hot sauce.

  26. Kristen says:

    Thank you for a delicious recipe! Made it tonight and me whole family loved it.

  27. Morven R. Baker says:

    This is just the BEST chicken tikka masala I have ever eaten and, as it is my very favorite Indian dish, I have tried it all over the world. SO grateful to have found a recipe that I can make at home that tastes authentic. Thank you, ladies!!

  28. Jason Smith says:

    I tried your recipe last night with my family. I’ve been an avid fan of food from the Bombay House, and I’ve spent that last two or three years learning to cook Indian Food. Your recipe was really good and my kids really enjoyed it. It’s simple and something you can do from home. However… it did NOT taste exactly like the Bombay House version. I’m not sure if that’s even possible, but I’m pretty particular in specificity. This was a great sauce, might even taste better, but it wasn’t the same. For one thing, I know the Bombay House includes Bell Peppers and Onions in their sauce (it says right on the menu). Great job though, I am going to be trying a lot more of your recipes and endorsing you to other chefs!

    • Emily says:

      I know, I left the onions out on purpose because I hate them. 🙂

  29. jill says:

    WOW what a recipe! I’ve made this like 3 times now since I found it. But I have to say I didn’t like white boneless chicken (when we eat out, we found it usually dry and bland), so I used bone in pieces and it tasted AAAAAmazing!!!!! My husband loves Indian Food, and since we’ve been having two little kiddies, eating out is more of a nuisance than an enjoyment so I started looking up recipes of our favorite Indian dishes. So far this is a definite keeper! Thank you for sharing. Because of this recipe I don’t feel like Indian cooking is a mystery nor is it beyond my reach anymore 🙂

  30. Bethany says:

    And the spice level here tastes like the mild version of their Tikka Masala? Bc I don’t do great with spicy foods, but I LOVE their Tikka Masala (mild).

  31. Michelle says:

    Excellent tikka masala recipe. I’ve tried a few others, lost hope then the hubby requested Indian food this evening. I followed the recipe to a “t” but cooked my chicken under the broiler. Delicious. Paired it with cauliflower rice for a wonderful low carb meal. Thank you for posting this will become a staple in our home.

    • Erica says:

      Thank you!!! I love your idea with the cauliflower rice! yum!

  32. Katie says:

    This recipe is nearly identical to a recipe on allrecipes that I love. I have several recipes on your site that I love, but you never seem to give credit where credit is due.

    • Emily says:

      Sorry Katie, this recipe actually came from my cousin’s wife, which was a family recipe of hers. I’m sure that we have many recipes that are going to look similar to others online just due to the fact that there are a lot of similar recipes out there. Most of our recipes are from our family or ones that we have created. If we do use another online recipe as a resource we always credit them back. We have been posting for almost 8 years now and when we update a recipe it pushes the date up, so some of the ones you may be seeing online are copies of our originals too.

  33. Brian says:

    We love Indian foods and this really tasty. I made it pretty close. I added some cauliflower to the chicken/marinade and broiled both (didn’t feel like going out to the grill). I also added some chopped onion to the sauce, thought about a bell pepper but forgot. I tossed some turmeric in the marinade and a little cinnamon in the sauce.
    Such an easy-to-make and tasty dinner. We have awesome lunches tomorrow

    • Erica says:

      Oh adding cauliflower is a wonderful idea! Good thinking! So glad you liked it!

  34. Dianne says:

    Mine is in the final stage of cooking and the aroma is amazing! Can’t wait to eat!

  35. krystle says:

    Making this tonight.. problem is i dont have cumin powder.. i dont know how it’ll turn out but i will let you know

    • Erica says:

      Hopefully it will still be ok, let us know how it turns out!

  36. Aurora Z says:

    Is it possible to use anything in place of the yogurt? Lactose allergy… thanks

    • Erica says:

      I don’t know what would be a good substitute– you could probably just leave it out if you need to!

  37. Heather says:

    Ok, so I am about 6 years late to this party…but THANK YOU for this recipe!! This is one of my family’s favorite dinners!! I love that it doesn’t call for Garam masala, which is not easy to find in my area. I have many Indian restaurants in my area, but it’s nice to have an inexpensive option that I can make at home (and that isn’t spicy for the kiddos).

    • Emily says:

      It’s never too late to comment! 🙂 So glad you like it!!

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