Chicken tikka masala, a fiery favourite boasting succulent, marinated, melt in your mouth chicken chunks cloaked in a perfectly creamy, tomato-based curry sauce. A classic curry so full of rich, creamy flavour, everyone will be begging you to make it again and again.
It serves as the perfect comfort food for a rainy day, or the ideal meal for those family get-togethers where you want to impress. If you’re in the mood for a hearty meal that packs a bit of heat, chicken tikka masala will certainly satisfy.
For a truly tasty treat, pair the curry with some buttery naan bread or delightful balls of dombolo to sop up the sumptuous curry sauce.
But what exactly gives chicken tikka masala its robust, spicy flavour? Let’s explore.
What does chicken tikka masala consist of?
Making a classic chicken tikka masala is a three-part process, with each part presenting an opportunity to infuse the chicken and curry sauce with authentic, spicy flavour. These three parts consist of marinating the chicken, grilling the chicken, and preparing the curry sauce. A huge part of what makes chicken tikka masala so delicious is the mouth-watering medley of spice blends and curry powders that go into this flavourful curry.
Developing the balance of bold, spicy flavours that make up a chicken tikka masala is likely the trickiest part of putting this delightful dish together. But worry not because Rajah has you covered with a superb selection of curry powders and spice blends that will infuse your chicken tikka masala with irresistible flavour and enchanting aromas.
With the three essential steps in mind - marinating, grilling and making the sauce - let’s explore how you can add layers of robust flavour to your chicken tikka masala recipe with our Rajah Curry Powders and Spice Blends.
Chicken Tikka Masala Recipes You Can Try
First off, the marinade. A great chicken tikka masala is one infused with the rich flavour of quality herbs, spices and curry powders, like those in our Rajah range. The yoghurt-spice marinade does just that while also tenderising the chicken. So, for the most flavourful chicken tikka masala, we recommend adding your choice of Rajah curry powders or spice blends to the yoghurt marinade.
By adding a small amount of our Rajah Flavourful and Mild Curry Powder to the yoghurt marinade, you’ll infuse the chicken pieces with hearty flavour and gentle spice from the get-go. A spice-infused yoghurt marinade is a great start to a sensational chicken tikka masala.
Next, after marinating your chicken pieces overnight or for however long your recipe recommends, you can then begin the grilling process. While your chicken pieces are cooking to juicy perfection, you can move on to the best and perhaps most important part of making this mouth-watering meal - the sauce.
You can’t have an authentic, full-flavoured chicken tikka masala without a well-balanced garam masala spice blend. Rajah has eliminated the hassle of trying to get that perfect balance of spice flavours. Our Rajah Mild Masala Curry Powder and Rajah Chicken Tikka Pure Spice Blend will help you deliver a chicken tikka masala that’s so tasty it can only be described with a chef’s kiss. The Mild Masala Powder will set the tone, releasing a delightful, aromatic whole spice blend into your masala sauce.
Then our Chicken Tikka Spice Blend will layer on the yumminess, elevating your curry ingredients with an infusion of robust, spicy flavours and irresistable aromas.
Simplify your way to a sensational chicken tikka masala with the convenience of our pre-mixed spice blends and curry powders. With our range of spices, tap into your inner foodie and discover unique and flavourful spice combinations to create your own tantalising take on the classic chicken tikka masala.