How to perfect Chicken Tikka Masala

September 15, 2017

Chicken Tikka Masala has become such a popular dish throughout the world, however there is always a debate on how it should be perfected and what ingredients it should include, as different cultures and ages have different recipes. Chicken Tikka Masala is such a popular dish as it is always delicious, however there can be a few ways to enhance the flavour- so that you can enjoy the authentic flavour so much more.

Chicken breast is the most popular way to cook your chicken tikka masala ensuring that it is boneless. Using chicken breast over thigh ensures the chicken can stay more tender, but some people believe that thigh increases the chicken flavour. Therefore, trial and error is important when making a masala and it all comes down to personal preference. To create the tikka element, you should be cooking the chicken in a big tandoor with either wood or charcoal to give the chicken extra flavour.

When marinating the chicken, the time depends how strong and developed you want the flavours to be. It can be marinated any time from 30 minutes to 48 hours- and again this depends on preference. When making the marinade include a sour flavouring, such as lemon juice as well as a form of yoghurt to give it the creamy flavouring that everyone loves.

The sauce in the masala will either make or break the dish therefore you should ensure it’s perfected. The flavouring of the masala should be savoury with a strong tomato flavouring, with only a hint of sweetness, it should be creamy but not too overpowering that it comes rich and hard to eat. The main ingredients of any masala are tomatoes, onion, garlic and ginger, and are the foundation of the sauce. Adding the extra marinade to the pureed sauce then adding cream makes the perfected sauce. To add some spice, chilli powder is great and adds a strong colour to the curry.

Overall, Chicken Tikka Masala can take a few attempts to perfect to your own preference. If cooking isn’t your favourite thing to do, visit Nawaab today: the best Halal Restaurant in Manchester with years of experience we have perfected the best Chicken Tikka Masala!