If you often find yourself heading to your favorite local Indian spot for curry, you need to try this Coconut Chicken Tikka Masala. It’s likely healthier, has incredible flavor, and can be made using only a handful of pantry staple ingredients…that you may even have on hand. My secret is to blend up a quick homemade yellow curry, which becomes the base flavor. I also add coconut milk to the chicken, which keeps the masala creamy. It adds a hint of coconut flavor, which I find to be really nice with Indian cuisine. AND…the flavors get even better the next day, meaning leftovers are especially delicious!
We’re less than one week out from the release of Half Baked Harvest Super Simple. And today I’m sharing a recipe straight from the pages of the new cookbook! Some of you might recall, but I asked everyone on Instagram which recipe they’d like to see this week and the Tikka Masala won. It was a very close call between the TIkka Masala and Beef Bourguignon, but Masala won fair and square!
To be 100% honest, I’m not sure I’m really ready for the release of this cookbook. You guys, I am SO NERVOUS. I think even more nervous than the first cookbook, I just really want you all to love this book!! It’s very scary and I’ve had a nervous pit in my stomach for days now. But don’t take that wrong, because I am so excited too! I cannot wait to share this book with you all. My hope is that it brings to you so many new recipes to fall in love with.
And today, a sneak peek at one of my personal favorite recipes, the chicken Tikka Masala!! With homemade naan…of course.
PS. Barnes & Noble is selling signed copies…
This recipe is well, Super Simple!
Start with the curry paste. I have a hard time finding a really good yellow curry paste locally, so I decided to make my own. It takes only minutes to put together and you probably already have everything you need in your pantry right now.
I toss an onion, shallots, garlic, plenty of ginger, and a couple of spices into a blender (or food processor). Then I process it all together until a paste forms. No chopping, no weird ingredients, nothing fancy. Just simple and delicious.
The cool thing about this curry paste is that it lasts for up to a month in the fridge. So if you love making curry I’d recommend doubling the recipe and keeping a batch in the fridge for incredibly fast weeknight curries. Perfect for cold and cozy fall/winter days.
Now, onto the chicken.
Since the curry paste adds all the flavor, the chicken just needs to be marinated for thirty minutes in the paste. Oh, and add in some Greek yogurt too. This tenderizes the chicken and makes for a creamy sauce. If you’re really short on time, you can skip marinating and just move right onto cooking.
Tip: Before you start the chicken, make a pot of rice. You can’t have Tikka Masala without rice.
Then simmer the chicken on the stove with coconut milk, and tomatoes paste. Minutes later your Coconut Chicken Tikka Masala will be done. And your kitchen will smell amazing, like deliciously slowly simmered Indian food.
Again, super simple.
So how does it taste?
SO GOOD. I know that the recipe feels simple and the steps are easy, but I promise, this tastes like real deal Chicken Tikka Masala…but with the slightest hint of coconut. It’s rich, creamy, perfectly spiced, and is best served over steamed rice with warm naan for scooping up all that sauce.
I was so excited to have the chance to make this again that I even shot some new photos, fresh for the blog. I filmed a quick Instagram story video as well. That sauce is just so creamy and brightly colored that I had to capture it.
Also? Recreating this recipe from the cookbook was especially well-timed. My oldest brother is in town and this is one of his favorite Indian dishes.
My hope in sharing this book recipe today, is to get you all excited for the book’s upcoming release. And maybe, hopefully, to encourage you all to order it too!
If you’ve yet to preorder your copy, you can order a copy on Amazon, OR order a signed copy from Barnes & Noble. Also, if you order the book before December 20th enter your receipt information here, and immediately receive the bonus pack.
The book is out this Tuesday!! Are you all excited? Will you be making Tikka Masala tonight?!?
One final note, I just want to say thank you all so much for your outpouring of support. It’s the most wonderful thing. It means the world to me that you all are so excited to continue cooking with me daily. Your messages, comments, and emails are all read and heard. Just thank you SO MUCH!! I really can’t thank you enough!!
If you make this coconut chicken tikka masala, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
Super Simple Coconut Chicken Tikka Masala
Calories Per Serving: 993 kcal
Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
- 1 medium yellow onion, quartered
- 1 shallot, halved
- 6 cloves garlic
- 2 (1-inch) pieces fresh ginger, peeled
- 3 tablespoons garam masala
- 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, cubed
- ½ cup full-fat plain Greek yogurt
- 1 can (14 ounce) full-fat unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 can (6 ounce) tomato paste
- ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
- 3 cups cooked rice, for serving
- 1. To make the curry paste. In a blender or food processor, combine the onion, shallot, garlic, ginger, garam masala, turmeric, salt, red pepper flakes, and lemon zest. Pulse until a smooth paste forms, about 1 minute.2. To make the chicken. In a gallon-size zip-top bag, combine 2 tablespoons of the curry paste, the chicken, and the yogurt. Seal the bag and massage the mixture into the chicken to cover completely. Marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes or refrigerate up to overnight.3. Heat a large, high-sided skillet over medium heat. Add ¼ cup to 1/2 cup (use to your taste) of the curry paste and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the chicken, coconut milk, and tomato paste. Cover and cook until the chicken is cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the lid and simmer until the sauce thickens slightly, about 5 minutes more.4. Stir in the cilantro and serve the chicken over rice.
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Curry Paste: You can double the curry paste and store it refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 month, or in the freezer for up to 4 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight. Alternately, you can use store-bought yellow curry paste.
I’ve made this recipe before and loved it! I’m cooking for a friend who’s dairy free so like that the recipe calls for coconut milk rather than cream, but is there a substitute you would suggest for the Greek yogurt? Thanks!
You bet, just use a dairy free yogurt:) Please let me know if you have any other questions! xT
I made this tonight and it was delicious! The curry paste recipe made triple what was needed for the meal (which I just froze in portions for next time I make it) I wonder if some of the people that didn’t like it used all of the curry paste. I found it a little confusing that the recipe made so much curry paste and that there was also a note on the recipe that you could double it and save more for later, when in fact the recipe actually made triple the amount needed for the meal, so I can see how people may have gotten confused. I loved it though and will make it again and am excited I won’t have to make the paste again because I have it frozen!
Wonderful!!🌴🍍 I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your review, love to hear that it turned out well! xx
This recipe was a complete failure and it is disheartening when you’ve purchased BEST of BEST products, spices including organic chicken.
First up, the final dish was reminiscent of brown MUD and you’ve called for 3 tablespoons of Garam Masala when most curries will only utilize 1/2 tsp! I followed the recipe exactly as I love Indian curries and it was nothing like the photo posted.
Hence, it was thrown out!
Thanks for trying this recipe and sharing your feedback. So sorry to hear this was not enjoyed. This is actually a favorite recipe on the blog, so I really am not sure what went so wrong for you. Was there anything you may have adjusted? Please let me know how I can help! xx
I read through the recipe and had a feeling things were off. Sorry about the wasted food but I’m glad you warned me! Lol mud curry
This was delicious and so flavorful–made exactly as instructed on stove top! Didn’t use all the curry paste and was still bursting with flavors and spices. We had a fair amount of leftover sauce so added chic peas to sauce after chicken had been eaten. Would definitely make again!
Fantastic!! Thanks a bunch for trying this recipe out, I’m thrilled to hear that it turned out well for you:)
my chicken burned so badly in the instant pot. I thought it was so dry just w the yogurt and tomatoes paste and tiny bit of water w all that chicken. So that was a bummer. Maybe my instant pot was too high heat? There’s only one high setting though. So burned I was bummed. Maybe add more water next time???
Thanks for giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback, sorry to hear you had some issues with the instant pot! Next time, I would chose a different cooking method, as I’ve never experienced the burn notice. I hope this helps! xx