Special Chicken Tikka Masala

Special chicken  tikka masala, a variation of Indian chili chicken, is seasoned with tandoori masala spices in a tomato based curry sauce.
Special Chicken Tikka Masala

Special Chicken Tikka Masala

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

My recipe of the day is with Foodie Extravaganza as we are posting recipes to start off the new  year 2020 for National Curry Chicken Day which  occurs on January 12th. But since we only post each month on  the first Wednesday, the actual day will sometimes follow afterwards.

Special chicken tikka masala is the name given  to this dish  by a local  eatery (Dushmesh) in  Cincinnati. I am not sure if  it is  the official  name  or not.

I was given this one time by accident when we picked up some take-out and I had ordered something  else. But having already left the  scene of the mistake, I gave it a taste and decided I liked it, whatever it  was. Upon examining their menu I  deduced  the name.

Special Chicken Tikka Masala

This  recipe is  very similar  to chili  chicken.  Except for that one in particular,  I think it  uses  plain chicken, whereas this one has  the addition of  tandoori masala spice. I didn’t notice the addition of any yogurt as you might get  with  chicken  tikka masala. Which  is boneless  tandoori  chicken in  something like a butter curry sauce. At least locally.

I will  probably get around to posting  the chicken tikka masala.  But that will be sometime after I post my recipe for tandoori  chicken. As I have been  refining my spice blend and have that recipe waiting to  post.

Until  I  do  post that recipe,  you can feel  free to use any commercial  tandoori  masala- Rajah is  one brand I prefer (and  I have based my personal spice blend on that one). If you can’t find it locally, it  is sold online.

Special Chicken Tikka Masala

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Special Chicken Tikka Masala

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Special Chicken Tikka Masala

Sue Lau
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Indian
Servings 4


  • 1 pound onions 2 large
  • 3 bell peppers mixed colors
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or ghee
  • 1 pound boneless chicken breast sliced into chunks
  • 28 ounces tomato puree
  • 1/4 cup sliced fresh jalapeno peppers
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup tandoori spice
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons grated ginger root


  • Heat oil in a deep skillet and saute the onions and peppers until limp; stir in the chicken chunks and cook until browned.
  • Add the tomato puree, jalapenos, lemon juice, tandoori spice, ground coriander, cumin, salt. pepper, brown sugar, ginger and water.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes.
  • Serve with hot rice.


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Special Chicken Tikka Masala

8 responses

  1. Love the name and the color of the dish, looks so delicious and tempting. Thank you for joining me in this event.

  2. Getting your order wrong turned out to be a “happy accident”. Your recipe sounds delicious. Happy 2020 Sue, may the new year bring much happiness.

    • I’d happily eat just about anything they made at Dushmesh. We go out for curry more than anything else, I think.

  3. Just found this looking for Cincinnati Tikka Masala in particular, either Dusmesh or Swad! Will have to give this one a go and see how it compares. I’m surprised that there’s no cream in this recipe though. I feel like I remember it having more of an orange-ish tone that comes from the cream, no?

    • The regular chicken tikka masala is just boneless chicken done as tandoori chicken with the gravy from butter chicken added. This one is more like chilli chicken with tandoori spices in there so it won’t taste like the creamier version.
      I haven’t posted my tandoori chicken and butter chicken recipes yet. Those are still in my backlogged files. I can try to get the tandoori up as soon as a few weeks. When the weather warms as I like it as a grilling recipe. Not sure when I can post the butter chicken- but keep an eye out for it.

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