Skinny chicken tikka masala with fragrant rice

(36 ratings)
Skinny chicken tikka masala
Skinny chicken tikka masala
  • Serves: 2

  • Prep time:

    (plus 12-24 hours marinating time)
  • Cooking time:

  • Total time:

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Mid-price

Our skinny chicken tikka masala with fragrant rice is a much healthier option than your average takeaway. A tasty, healthy chicken curry with low-fat yogurt, free-range chicken, light coconut milk and lots of warming Indian spices. This recipe serves 2 people and will take around 1hr and 10 mins to prepare and cook. This recipe shows you how to make a delicious marinade from scratch too - you'll want to make this marinade over and over again.


For the marinade:

  • 1tbsp tikka masala curry paste
  • 150g low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 free-range chicken breasts, each cut into 5-6 large chunks
  • Pinch of salt

For the sauce:

  • 1 rounded tbsp tikka masala curry paste
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 200g passata / strained tomatoes
  • 200ml tin reduced-fat or light coconut milk
  • 1tbsp low-fat Greek yogurt
  • A handful of coriander, chopped

For the fragrant rice:

  • 100g basmati rice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 5 curry leaves
  • tsp black mustard seeds
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Pinch of saffron (optional)

Janice Wood from Stoke-on-Trent suggests rubbing the inside of a pan with vegetable oil to stop rice or pasta boiling over and messing up the hob.


  1. To make the marinade for this chicken curry recipe, mix the curry paste, yogurt and chicken together.
  2. Preheat the oven to 220C/fan 200C. Drain the chicken a little and place piece by piece, onto a baking tray. Bake for 20 mins or until slightly charred. Set the tikka chicken aside while you make the sauce.
  3. Heat the curry paste in a saucepan. Add the onion and sweat slowly over a low heat for 5-8 mins or until the onion is translucent and soft. Add in the passata and cook for 5 mins, then add in the coconut milk. Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and add in the tikka chicken. Cook over a low heat for 5 mins or until the chicken is cooked through. Finish by stirring through the yogurt and coriander.
  4. To make the fragrant rice, add the rice and the aromatics to a pan and cover with enough water to come 1cm over the top of the rice. Bring to the boil and simmer for 8 mins, covered. The rice should have absorbed almost all of the water, but still be a bit wet. Remove from the heat and leave to absorb the remaining water for 10 mins, covered. Remove the cinnamon stick before serving with the curry.

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Very yummy & really easy to make. The only thing I added was fresh tomatoes & simmered a little longer until they were cooked down. Will definitely add this to my faves. Thank you.


Could someone tell me where the Passata comes in as it isn't in the recipe instructions?


I too struggled with the instructions, but made it up as I went along!! Adjusted the recipe slightly to reduce the calories down again, but using tikka spices NOT paste and grated block coconut instead of coconut milk. Made it for friends for an evening in and everyone really enjoyed it.


I made this tonight for dinner. After reading the last line of the instructions i was thinking how there was no sauce with this dish. Then i realised that i hadn't added the coconut milk, where is it in the instructions? I couldn't find it, it isn't there. Can someone add to the instructions when the coconut milk should be added before someone else makes the same mistake as i did. It was beautiful though, i really enjoyed it, and so did my 8 year old. It was a little spicy but not too much that my son couldn't eat it. Definitely worth making.

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