Chicken tikka masala

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Chicken tikka masala
Chicken tikka masala
  • Serves: 4

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

Woman's Weekly recipe This easy chicken tikka masala recipe has got to be one of our favourite curry recipes. Chicken breast is cooked with ready made tikka masala paste and thickened with single cream and it's ready in just 35 mins. This simple recipe serves 4 people and is the perfect family choice on a Friday evening when you're looking for a healthier alternative to your usual takeaway. You can make this curry recipe cheaper to make too if you're watching the pennies by swapping chicken breast for chicken thighs instead, which are much cheaper to buy. This curry can be frozen as long as you use fresh chicken and not chicken that has been previously frozen. Make sure you defrost thoroughly in the fridge overnight or during the day and reheat until piping hot to serve. Serve with rice and naan bread. A portion of this classic chicken tikka masala recipe works out at only 350 calories per serving.


  • 2 tbs groundnut oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced
  • 500g (1lb) chicken breast escalopes, each cut into 4
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 3 tbs tikka masala paste (we used Patak’s)
  • 500g carton passata
  • 170ml carton single cream
To serve:
  • ¼ cucumber, cut into fine sticks
  • 5 radishes, cut into fine sticks
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into fine sticks
  • 1 teaspoon malt vinegar
  • Boiled basmati rice (see tip)

For perfect rice: Measure rice in a jug up to the 200ml (7fl oz) mark. Tip into a pan, add 400ml (14fl oz) boiling water and salt. Cover with a tight-fitting lid. Bring to boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Turn off heat, leave for 5 minutes, covered, then serve.


  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the onion and cook gently for 5 mins to soften it.
  2. Add chicken, season and cook gently for 5 mins, turning meat as needed, until browned.
  3. Add the tikka masala paste, stir for 1 min, then add the passata and warm through.
  4. Stir in the cream and simmer for 5 mins.
  5. Meanwhile, mix the cucumber, radish and carrot with vinegar. Serve alongside the curry and rice.

Nutritional information per portion

  • Low
  • Med
  • High
  • Calories 350(kcal)
  • Fat 17.0g
  • Saturates 7.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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