chicken tikka masala

my first time eating indian food was sometime my freshmen year at Yale. my favorite indian restaurant in New Haven was Zaroka Bar and Restaurant. sooo good! i took my folks there during my graduation weekend and they LOVED it!

one of the first indian dishes i ever tried was chicken tikka masala. it’s a classic “first indian dish” to try. sooo i thought that the first indian dish i should try to cook should pay homage to that dish that made me fall in love with indian cuisine 🙂  kevin likes indian food too (he even spent a summer during college in chennai) so deciding to cook indian was a no brainer.


(photo and recipe courtesy of skinny taste)

we made a few modifications to the recipe and doubled it. we also used both chicken breasts and thighs.


  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 2 small onion, minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 8 oz fat free Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp turmeric (optional)
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1 lb chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 lb chicken thighs, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 bunch of fresh cilantro (or to taste)


1) Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until golden. Add the crushed ginger, stir for a few minutes then add the garlic and cook another minute.

2) Add cumin, garam masala, turmeric, chili powder, and salt; mix well until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, yogurt and milk. Simmer on low heat until sauce thickens, about 10 minutes.

3) Add chicken and simmer for 10 – 15 minutes or until cooked through.

4) Add a generous amount of chopped cilantro and serve with Basmati Rice or Naan.

5) Enjoy!

*this recipe was good, but did not taste quite as “authentically indian.” i suspect that the culprit was the crushed tomatoes WITH BASIL (hahaha) that i accidentally bought. i used it anyways though because i was too lazy to run back to the grocery store…i think it made the chicken overly sweet…but kevin still loved it. i’m feeling inspired to try other indian dishes now!

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