Simple Chicken Tikka Masala

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Servings 4 people
Recipe Ingredients:


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup plain whole milk yogurt
  • 6 cloves garlic diced
  • 1 tbsp. fresh ginger grated
  • 1 tbsp. garam masala
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. coriander
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil melted
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 tbsp. butter

Tikka masala sauce:

  • Prepare chicken: add all ingredients (except for ghee or butter) to a large bowl and mix to thoroughly combine. Heat ghee or butter in a large and deep non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken in batches and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, until slightly charred. It’s ok if chicken is not fully cooked - it will cook in the sauce later!
  • Prepare the tikka masala sauce: Reduce pan’s heat to medium and add coconut oil and ghee or butter. Once butter or ghee is fully melted, add in onion and ginger, and saute for 5-7 minutes, or until fragrant. Stir in spices (paprika, turmeric, coriander, cumin, and garam masala) and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, and chicken broth to tikka masala mixture. Bring mixture to a simmer, reduce heat, cover and cook for 15 minutes.
  • Add chicken to tikka masala sauce along with coconut plant-based beverage. Simmer for 5 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through, about 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Serve chicken tikka masala garnished with freshly chopped cilantro and enjoy!
  • Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.