Easy Weeknight Chicken Tikka Masala

Depending on your location, fenugreek may be hard to find. It’s totally optional. Feel free to garnish with cilantro instead. Not the same flavour at all, but easy and tasty.

The History of Chicken Tikka Masala and How it Became a One Pot Meal Quick Family Dinner

What is Chicken Tikka Masala?

Chicken Tikka Masala is a dish which is a popular dish in Indian cuisine. It is made with chunks of grilled chicken, marinated in yogurt and spices, and cooked in a spicy tomato sauce.

It was created by Pakistani chefs working at the Royal British Raj restaurant in Delhi, India and first served at the restaurant on 31 August 1971.

The dish’s popularity has increased over recent years with its introduction to Western cuisine as an exotic curry.

How Chicken Tikka Masala Became an Indian Recipe for One Pot Quick Family Dinner

Chicken Tikka Masala is an Indian recipe that has been adopted by the western world. It is a one pot quick family dinner, which has become a staple of many home cooking repertoires.

The dish was created in Glasgow, Scotland in the 1970s and was originally made with tandoori chicken. The dish became popular with locals who were told it was a traditional Indian dish and so they started to call it Chicken Tikka Masala.

History of Chicken Tikka Masala from India to England and Beyond and Its Adaptations Across the Globe

The dish has been adapted and modified across the globe. Chicken Tikka Masala is now available in all major cities of the world.

The dish was first introduced to England by a Bengali Muslim immigrant named Sake Dean Mahomed. He opened a restaurant called “Mahomed’s” in 1810 which served Indian cuisine to British patrons. He also wrote a book on Indian cuisine called “The Cookery of India” which was published in 1846, and had a recipe for what we know as Chicken Tikka Masala today.

In the late 1960s, when Indians began to settle in Britain, they brought their food with them and soon enough it became popular among the British population too.

The Complete History of Chicken Tikka Masala One Pot Meal: From Traditional to Modern Day Recipe

The Origins of Chicken Tikka Masala and How Did it Become Popular in the Western World?

Chicken Tikka Masala is a popular dish in the Western world. But it was not always this way. This dish has a long history that can be traced back to the Mughals in India who used to cook this dish with chunks of meat and yogurt.

In the 20th century, more people started cooking chicken tikka masala with yogurt and tomatoes which made it easier to cook this dish in their kitchens. The addition of tomatoes made it easier for people in the West to recreate this dish at home which helped make it popular there.

How Did British Households Start Eating Chicken Tikka Masala?

The dish was first served in the UK in 1971 and it is now one of the most popular dishes in the country.

Chicken tikka masala is a curry dish that became popular in Britain after being introduced to the country by Indian immigrants.

History: Chicken tikka masala has been around for over 200 years. It originated from a dish called chicken tikka, which was created by a chef at an Indian restaurant called Shish Mahal in Glasgow, Scotland. The chef was trying to create a milder version of an already existing dish called chicken tandoori and added spices such as cumin, coriander, and chili powder to achieve this result. The restaurant’s owner then decided to add tomato sauce and cream or yogurt as well as butter

Modern Day Cookery Versions Of Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken tikka masala is a popular Indian dish that is loved by many. There are many variations of this dish and it can be made with different kinds of meat. In the following article, we will explore 3 modern day recipes for chicken tikka masala that you can try at home.

1) Vegetarian Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

2) Vegan Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

3) Modern Day Cookery Version Of Chicken Tikka Masala

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
1 day
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 724kcal


The Marinade

  • 700 g chicken thighs boneless, skinless, chopped into 1" pieces
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

The Gravy

  • 1/2 cup red onion finely chopped
  • 5-10 red chilli birds eye, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes or passata
  • 6 tbsp 35% cream
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp coriander ground
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp fenugreek leaves
  • 300 ml water

The Rest

  • 1 medium red onion chopped, 1" pieces
  • 1 large green pepper chopped, 1" pieces

The Rice

  • 1 cup basmati rice cooked


The Marinade

  • Combine everything in a ziplock bag, seal, massage, refrigerate at least 2 hours, but ideally over night

The Curry

  • Heat vegetable oil in a large pan on medium high
  • Once oil is shimmering, add chicken and marinade to pan, fry on medium, turning frequently til darkened, fragrant and chicken beings to release its oils- 8-10 minutes.
  • Remove chicken from pan with a slotted spoon, leaving behind the marinade
  • add fineley chopped onions and chilis to the pan and fry for 1-2 minutes until softened and fragrant.
  • add ginger garlic paste and continue to fry another 1-2 minutes
  • Add the tomatoes, spices, and water, stir to combine then simmer uncovered for 2 minutes
  • return the chicken to the pan with the peppers and onions, stir to combine and simmer for 10 minutes
  • stir in the cream and simmer another 2 minutes
  • add the fenugreek and simmer another 2 minutes
  • serve over rice


Calories: 724kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 198mg | Sodium: 865mg | Potassium: 1014mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 2032IU | Vitamin C: 124mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 4mg