Stovetop Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

By Amber

April 12th, 2019

I’m always looking for new recipes that everyone in the family will love. While my husband and I really like spicy, flavorful foods, our kids can be a little pickier. Recently I made a chicken tikka masala dish that everyone devoured, and it gave us enough leftovers for another meal, too!

Stovetop Chicken Tikka Masala

Our kids are fairly keen to try new foods, but if they eat something and it’s too spicy, they refuse to take another bite. This has happened with a few different meals and then I have to scramble to make them a sandwich or quick meal while my food gets cold. I’m not the parent who forces their kids to eat something if it’s too spicy, so I just try to make dishes that are flavorful and then add spices after for my husband and myself. I haven’t actually made chicken tikka masala before, but when I heard my cousin rave about it a few weeks ago, I decided to give it a try.

You start by marinating the chicken in a sauce. We had most of the ingredients in our fridge and cupboards, though I did have to buy garam masala, which is a mixture of spices commonly used in Indian food. That spice smells HEAVENLY. As soon as I mixed up the sauce, my mouth started watering.

Once you’ve mixed the marinade, you add the chicken and refrigerate it for an hour. I think this is an important step to make sure the flavors really permeate the chicken.

After the chicken has marinated for an hour, it’s time to start cooking! Keep the chicken on medium heat until the outsides are fully cooked. It will continue to cook with the sauce at a simmer, so it doesn’t need to be fully cooked immediately.

After the chicken has started cooking, it’s time to add the sauce ingredients to the same pan. The blend of garam masala and heavy cream is already a winning combination, but with added tomato sauce and garlic, you know it’s going to be delicious!

My little helper loves to stir whatever I’m cooking. Of course, I only let him help if I’m sure he can’t get burned by whatever we’re making, but he loves to be a part of the meal-making. Once you mix in all of the sauce ingredients, bring the meal to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for twenty minutes.

Then, you can serve it over rice or cauliflower rice if you’re looking for something low-carb. We love naan so we just serve ours with a few pieces of mini naan, which is great for sopping up the leftover sauce, too!

Check out the full recipe if you’d like to try making it at home!

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Stovetop Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe
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This delicious stovetop chicken tikka masala recipe will leave your mouth watering from the moment you start making it!
  • For the chicken marinade:
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts chopped into ¾ inch pieces
  • 1 cup of plain, whole milk yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • For the sauce:
  • 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1½ cups heavy whipping cream
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 teaspoons garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  1. In a large bowl, add the marinade ingredients except chicken and stir until well-mixed
  2. Add chicken pieces to the marinade and coat well
  3. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour
  4. When chicken has marinated for at least an hour:
  5. Heat a large pan over medium-high heat
  6. Add chicken chunks and marinade to pan
  7. Saute until the chicken is cooked on the outside, stirring occasionally
  8. Reduce to medium heat
  9. Add tomato sauce, heavy cream, garam masala, paprika, and salt and mix well
  10. Bring to a simmer
  11. Let the sauce simmer for about 20 minutes until it thickens a bit and develops an orange color, while stirring occasionally
  12. Reduce the heat as necessary to maintain simmer
  13. Serve over rice or cauliflower rice and use naan to wipe up and devour any extra sauce!

Let me know in the comments if you’ll try this delicious meal!


Hi there! I’m Amber, a 30 year old wife and mom of two from central Minnesota. I love to travel and to be outside with my kids anywhere the weather is warm! When I have a spare free moment, I love to read and scrapbook as well as binge-watch Netflix long after the kids are asleep. I drink too much Caribou Coffee and have a real sweet tooth but also try very hard to consume organic foods and use eco-friendly, fair trade products as much as possible. I also love socializing and sharing about my favorite products!


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