Chicken Tikka Masala

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Chicken Tikka Masala

Something true for October: life can be hard, but dinner doesn't have to be. That's why we created this Club — and all it takes to join and be part of this with us is the commitment to cook dinner just once this week. We hope you'll make the Tikka Masala (see below), because it's delicious, but you could also try the Rainbow Taco Salad, or even a non-Supper Club recipe. Maybe your kids help chop an onion, or your partner sets the table. Maybe your toddler throws rice, you laugh at dad jokes, your teen complains about putting away her phone, but you all spend a little time together decompressing from the chaos of the day. Maybe you remember it's worth it, one supper at a time.

A dinner of quick, cozy Indian food may seem like something you can get only from DoorDash, but I assure you it can be made in your own kitchen, on a weeknight. My kids especially love dipping naan into the sweet sauce. It’s a great make-ahead dish, there’s often leftovers for lunch the next day, and is equally delicious subbing cauliflower for chicken. If you’ve never tried Tikka Masala, this is a perfect, mild, and comforting entry to Indian food! 

Skip the takeout — simmer chicken in tomatoes and spices for a simple and satisfying take on this classic Indian dish!

  • Active Kitchen Time: 30-40 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings


  • 1 onion
  • 2-inch piece ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • small bunch cilantro
  • 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 ½ lbs boneless chicken breasts
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • rice or flatbread, for serving

Supper Smarts:

  • Mix it Up: Add in cut-up cauliflower in addition to or in lieu of chicken – the florets soak up the delicious sauce perfectly!

  • Flavor Town: Add crushed red peppers while cooking, and serve with Sriracha so people can turn up the heat to their liking.

  • Serving Suggestion: Add peas directly to the chicken tikka for an easy veggie win. Serve with basmati rice, naan, and/or some quickly roasted chickpeas.

  • Slow Cook It: Add all ingredients except heavy cream and rice to slow cooker. Cook 6-8 hours. Add cream at end. Serve over cooked rice or with flatbread.

  • Easy Swap: Don't have garam masala? Use curry powder instead, or try 2 ½ tsp ground cumin mixed with ½ tsp allspice.


Dice 1 onion. Cut in half, trim away ends, and peel. Cut layers into strips, then squares. Add to medium bowl.
Peel skin off 2-inch piece of ginger. Carefully, grate ginger on small holes of box grater to make 2 tsp. Add to onions.
Smash and peel 3 cloves garlic. Mince and add to onions and ginger. Set bowl aside.
Cut 1 ½ lbs boneless chicken breasts into 1-inch pieces. Add to separate large bowl. Wash your hands and workstation.
Add 1 Tbsp garam masala, ½ tsp turmeric, 1 tsp cumin, 2 tsp paprika, and 1 tsp kosher salt to chicken. Stir to coat with spices.
Heat 1 Tbsp canola oil in pot over medium heat.
Add onion, ginger, garlic, and 1 tsp kosher salt. Cook until onions are soft, stirring occasionally, 7-9 minutes.
Add 1 Tbsp tomato paste, 1 Tbsp brown sugar, and chicken. Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes. Stir well, scraping the bottom of the pot. Bring mixture to a boil.
Reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer 10 minutes.
Turn off heat. Stir ¾ cup heavy cream into the sauce.
Mince 1 small bunch cilantro. Sprinkle 2 Tbsp on top. Serve with rice or flatbread. TASTE & SHARE!

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Danielle December 11, 2023 @ 07:06 AM

This was a hit with everyone and the leftovers were good too! My picky eater actually liked this dish. I was surprised! He said the chicken was delicious. Will definitely make again.
Note: I did the slow cooker version and I had leftover fresh green beans that I added in at the beginning. Served with rice 1st night and Naan the 2nd night.

Ashley October 10, 2023 @ 09:02 AM
So easy and delicious!! I’ll definitely be making more Supper Club recipes!
Mara October 4, 2023 @ 10:01 AM
Yes! This is my absolute favorite Raddish recipe!