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Cheat’s chicken tikka masala  recipe

Cheat’s chicken tikka masala recipe

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Packed with big flavours, this curry marries succulent chicken breast and fresh herbs with a fragrant tikka masala sauce. This classic takeaway dish can be rustled up in 30 minutes and is sure to impress even the biggest of curry fans. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 8 mins to prepare and 22 mins to cook
  • 370 calories / serving


  • 2 tbsp tikka masala powder
  • 1 tbsp ginger and garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp ghee or butter
  • 1 onion, cut into 8 lengthwise
  • 625g chicken breast, cut into 2.5cm pieces
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 100ml (3 1/2fl oz) double cream or coconut cream
  • 100g baby spinach leaves
  • steamed rice and plain yoghurt, to serve

For the garnish

  • 3 tbsp fresh coriander, to serve
If you don't have chopped tomatoes, chop up a tin of plum tomatoes instead

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    19g 27%
  • Saturates

    10g 52%
  • Sugars

    7g 8%
  • Salt

    0.4g 7%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 10.3g Protein 39.8g Fibre 2.3g


  1. In a bowl, mix the tikka masala powder with the ginger and garlic paste and set aside. Heat the ghee in a large, deep frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onion. Cook, stirring, for 3-4 minutes or until softened.
  2. Add the chicken pieces. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until browned, then add the tikka paste. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute more or until fragrant.
  3. Add the tomatoes and the cream and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through with no pink showing. Add the spinach.
  4. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until the spinach has wilted. Serve with steamed rice and yoghurt, and garnish with the coriander.

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