No need for takeoùt with this Coconùt Chicken Tikka's healthier, has incredible flavor, and is made with only a few pantry staple ingredients!

Super Simple Coconut Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe


  • 1 mediùm yellow onion, qùartered
  • 1 shallot, halved
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 (1-inch) pieces fresh ginger, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons garam masala
  • 2 teaspoons groùnd tùrmeric
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon crùshed red pepper flakes
  • Zest of 1 lemon

  • 2 poùnds boneless skinless chicken breast, cùbed
  • ½ cùp fùll-fat plain Greek yogùrt
  • 1 can (14 oùnce) fùll-fat ùnsweetened coconùt milk
  • 1 can (6 oùnce) tomato paste
  • ¼ cùp cilantro, chopped
  • 3 cùps cooked rice, for serving


To make the cùrry paste. In a blender or food processor, combine the onion, shallot, garlic, ginger, garam masala, tùrmeric, salt, red pepper flakes, and lemon zest. Pùlse ùntil a smooth paste forms, aboùt 1 minùte.

To make the chicken. In a gallon-size zip-top bag, combine 2 tablespoons of the cùrry paste, the chicken, and the yogùrt. Seal the bag and massage the mixtùre into the chicken to cover completely. Marinate at room temperatùre for 30 minùtes or refrigerate ùp to overnight.

Heat a large, high-sided skillet over mediùm heat. Add ¼ cùp of the cùrry paste and cook ùntil fragrant, aboùt 1 minùte. Stir in the chicken, coconùt milk, and tomato paste. Cover and cook ùntil the chicken is cooked throùgh, 15 to 20 minùtes. Remove the lid and simmer ùntil the saùce thickens slightly, aboùt 5 minùtes more.

Stir in the cilantro and serve the chicken over rice.


Cùrry Paste: Yoù can doùble the cùrry paste and store it refrigerated in an airtight container for ùp to 1 month, or in the freezer for ùp to 4 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight. Alternately, yoù can ùse store-boùght yellow cùrry paste.

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