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Easy Chicken Tikka Masala

Easy Chicken Tikka Masala

  • Slow Cooker/Instant Pot
  • Spicy

Skip the takeout this Indian Curry can be made in under 30 minutes.

  • 25 minutes
  • Serves 4
  • Easy



Craving curry tonight? Well skip the take out and impress your family tonight with this easy to make and authentic tasting curry. 

Chicken Tikka Masala

This is my take on a healthier version of Chicken Tikka Masala.

What makes it healthier that we are omitting the cream and replacing it with 2% milk and then adding plain yogurt as well.

What makes it easier is that we are not blending the onions after cooking them rather just allowing them to simmer in the pressure cooker.

Chicken Tikka Masala

Also if you can get your hands on “green cardamom pods” which you can find in your ethnic spice isle, do add a few of those. This really adds a unique taste and is soooo good in here.

Packed with so much flavor this recipe will definitely remind you of some of the best Chicken Tikka Masala dishes that you have tried at your favorite restaurant.

In addition I like to add some mini potatoes to this recipe, however those are not typically used in Tikka Masala.

I think they go so well with this dish, so I will leave that ingredient option up to you. You can also serve this with rice OR naan bread.

If you end up giving it a try, do let me know in the comments below. I would love to know what you think 🙂

Chicken Tikka Masala with potatoes

Notes: For a spicier curry add 1 tbsp of red chili powder. Also feel free to omit the mini potatoes if you would rather serve this with rice or naan bread.

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Chicken Tikka Masala with potatoes


Yield: 4

This is my take on a healthier version of Chicken Tikka Masala.


  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 3 large Boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 tin Tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup Plain yogurt
  • 3 cups Mini Potatoes
  • 4 cloves minced Garlic
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 tsp Ginger


  • 1 tbsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp Curry powder
  • 1 tbsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tbsp Coriander
  • 1 tsp Red chili powder
  • 3 pods crushed Green Cardamom
  • 3 tbsp Dried Fenugreek leaves, Kasoori Methi
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Gram Masala


Pressure Cooker: Cook for approx. 10 minutes - after following the initial steps.

    Slow Cooker: Place on LOW for 2-3 hours HIGH for 3 hours. - after following the initial steps.

      Stove Top: Cook covered on low for 60 minutes. - after following the initial steps.

      1. Turn ON the Brown setting on your Cooker or Stove top & cook your diced chicken in oil till browned. Transfer Chicken to a plate and set aside.
      2. Next add in your diced onion and cook till browned, then add in your garlic, and ginger and cook for one min.
      3. Add in the curry powder, cumin, crushed green cardamom pods, turmeric, coriander, red chili powder and mix till combined and fragrant. Then add in the tomato paste, yogurt, milk then all the mini potatoes.
      4. Return the cooked chicken breasts chunks and add your salt and pepper. Lastly add in your Garam masala & 3 tbsp of fenugreek leaves.
      5. Finish this recipe off by setting your Pressure Cooker for 10 minutes and let it cook entirely or follow one of the other cooking methods above. Top with more dried fenugreek leaves for garnish. Serve with Basmati Rice and or Naan Bread if desired. Enjoy!

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