The Secret Ingredients of the Best Chicken Tikka Masala

One of the most adored Indian dishes in the UK is Chicken Tikka Masala. Did you know that the original Chicken Tikka Masala recipe from India was a dry version? But to suit the tastes of the British, a yoghurt-based version was created and there’s been no turning back. Not only is this dish one of the most iconic Indian takeaway dishes in London, but it’s also considered the national dish of the UK!

If you want to compete with restaurants that are serving the best Chicken Tikka Masala in London, then this recipe won’t disappoint!


Follow this recipe step-by-step and you’ll have the best chicken tikka masala in North London. Your family will love it!

Step One – Marinate the Chicken

Chicken Tikka Masala Ingredients:

Chicken Marinade

  • 500 gm of Boneless Chicken Breasts or Thighs cut into 1.5-inch pieces.

  • 400ml – Plain Yoghurt
  • 2 Tbsp – Garlic/Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 Tsp – Red Chilli Powder, Kashmiri Chilli Powder, Garam Masala, and Coriander Powder.
  • 2 Pinches – Black Salt
  • ½ Tsp – Cumin Powder
  • 2 Tbsp – Oil
  • Salt to taste

Chicken Preparation

Mix the chicken pieces with all the ingredients and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes. For the best Chicken Tikka Masala marinate it overnight for amazingly tender and juicy chicken.

When you’re ready to make the dish, bake the chicken for 20 minutes at 150 degrees Celsius. 

Step Two: Prepare the Sauce (Gravy)

Sauce (Gravy) Ingredients:

  • 4 – fresh tomatoes (chopped)
  • 3 Tbsp – Ghee
  • 2 – Chopped onions
  • 2 inch – Chopped ginger
  • 2 – Chopped garlic cloves
  • 2 Tsp – Coriander Powder
  • 2 Tsp – Cumin Powder and Garam Masala
  • 4 pieces – Green cardamom
  • 1 piece – Black cardamom
  • Half Stick – Cinnamon
  • 1 piece – Bay Leaf
  • 1 Tsp – crushed Fenugreek leaves
  • 100ml – Fresh full-fat cream
  • 500ml – Water

Sauce Preparation

Warm Ghee in a skillet, then fry the raw ingredients, ginger, garlic, and onions until fragrant.

Then add water and the rest of the ingredients (except Cream, Garam Masala, and Fenugreek leaves). Cook for 15 mins. Let the sauce cool down and then use a blender to blend it into a creamy, thick sauce.

Add the cooked chicken, garam masala, crushed fenugreek, and salt (to taste) into the sauce and cook it for 5 mins on medium heat, stirring constantly. Take the pan off the heat and mix in the fresh cream.

Best Indian Takeaway In North London

If you’re craving delicious chicken tikka but in no mood to cook, then you must visit The Spice Box for the best chicken tikka masala in Edgware. We have a fabulous menu of authentic Indian classics as well as traditional Indian street foods that you’re going to love!

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