|May 12, 2023


Chicken Tikka Masala isn't just a cuisine's name but a feeling. "Tikka" means "small pieces' ' of meat in Punjabi. "Masala" means "mixture" in the Punjabi language. So, integrating these words when small pieces of chicken are marinated in Tikka Masala and baked or grilled on skewers, gives you Chicken Tikka Masala.

The rich and creamy delicious Chicken Tikka is a favorite to many. Why go out when you can prepare it nicely with Alco Tikka Masala at home? With golden chicken pieces floating in a fantastic curry, this Chicken Tikka Masala recipe is one of the most pleasing you will try! Pair it with Naan, Kulchha, Tandoori Roti or Steamed Rice.

You can cook Genuine Chicken Tikka Masala with yogurt marinated chicken, skewered and chargrilled for fantastic barbecue flavors. 

Chicken Tikka Masala is a highly popular non-vegetarian dish in Indian cuisine, second only to Butter Chicken Masala. The chicken is marinated in a flavorful blend of Indian spices and then cooked to perfection in an oven, grill, or tandoor. The marinated chicken is then combined with a spicy tikka masala sauce or curry. The traditional recipe calls for a silky sauce made from a mix of Indian spices, onion, and tomato. This iconic dish has several variations like Tikka Tandoori Chicken or Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala, which you can find in most Indian restaurants around the world.

How Was the First Chicken Tikka Masala Made?

The origin of Chicken Tikka Masala has been debated for some time. Some sources claim it originated from a fortunate accident in Punjab, India, while others believe it was invented in the South Asian community of the United Kingdom. Another popular legend suggests that it was accidentally created in Scotland. To meet the high demand of customers, a British Pakistani cook added a tomato cream sauce to the chicken tikka, and this modification to the original Tikka Masala recipe has remained unchanged, as it has become a popular dish in Indian restaurants worldwide.

What Makes Tikka Masala Different?

Tikka refers to chunks of meat that are either marinated in yogurt or spiced water before being grilled on skewers. On the other hand, Masala can either be a sauce made with cream, yogurt, or tomatoes or a blend of spices used for flavoring food.

Which Is Healthier, Butter Chicken Or Tikka Masala?

Butter Chicken is typically viewed as a healthier choice compared to Chicken Tikka Masala due to its lower calorie count. On average, a serving of Chicken Tikka Masala contains around 500 calories, while a serving of Butter Chicken has approximately 430 calories.

Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe 

A traditional Indian dish, chicken tikka masala is not as challenging to make at home as you may consider. It is loaded with savour; the creamy, spicy gravy-coated tender chicken pieces wait to be served with naan and perfect basmati rice. 


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Print Recipe
  • Serves - 4
  • Preparation Time - 15 Minutes
  • Cooking Time - 30 Minutes



  • In a bowl, stir yogurt, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1 tbsp Alco Tikka Masala.
  • Add the Chicken pieces to marinate for at least thirty minutes and up to six hours.
  • Heat oil in a large pot over a medium flame. Add ginger-garlic paste, and saute for one minute.
  • Add onion and chiles and stir for 5-7 minutes or until softened. 
  • Add 1/3 cup tomato paste and stir for 2 to 3 minutes. 
  • Add Alco Garam Masala, Alco Coriander Powder, Alco Turmeric Powder, Alco Cumin Powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  • Add 1/2 cup water. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring often and lowering the heat to low if required to hold a gentle simmer until the mixture condenses 10 to 12 minutes. 
  • Stir in cream and gently simmer, mixing continually, until scarcely thickened, 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Simultaneously, grill the marinated chicken pieces. When grilled, add them to the prepared curry. 

Serve hot with Naan and Rice.

Time to Wrap Up

There you have it! You are now well-informed about India's Chicken Tikka Masala, a popular dish in many good restaurants across India and around the world. Preparing this delectable and tempting meal is easy with a simple recipe, and it is a perfect option for lunch, dinner, or any special occasion. You can relish this dish any day of the week and enjoy its unique taste and exotic spices.

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