Lemon chicken tikka masala

Easy to make, full of flavor, and the perfect weeknight meal for two!


Difficulty: Easy

Time: 45 min. preparation time, 15 min. baking time

Nutrition: Calories ca 930 / Protein 87g / Carbohydr. 87g / Fat 24g

Ingredients (2 servings)

2chicken breasts
2 clovesgarlic (divided)
25 gginger
0.5lemon (zest and juice)
150 gyogurt
5 ggaram masala (divided)
0.75 tspsalt (divided)
1white onion
1 bunchcilantro
1chili (chopped)
1 tbspvegetable oil
150 gbasmati rice
250 mlwater
200 gcream
1bouillon cube


baking sheet, citrus juicer, oven, 2 large saucepans, fine grater, serving plate, large bowl, parchment paper, cooking spoon, cutting board, knife

Wine Tip

Pinot Noir
Moderately tannic, fruit forward wines like new world Pinot Noir pair well with rich sauces like the one in this dish.

Step 1

Lemon chicken tikka masala

Preheat oven to 200°C/390°F. Peel and finely dice garlic. Grate ginger. Zest and juice lemon. Wash chicken breasts, pat dry, and cut into bite-sized pieces.

citrus juicer, oven, fine grater, cutting board, knife

2 cloves garlic / 25 g ginger / 0.5 lemon / 2 chicken breasts

Step 2

Lemon chicken tikka masala

In a large mixing bowl, mix together chicken, yogurt, ginger, half of the garlic, half of the garam masala, lemon juice and zest, and some salt.

large bowl

150 g yogurt / 1 clove garlic / 2.5 g garam masala / 0.5 tsp salt

Step 3

Lemon chicken tikka masala

Cut tomatoes into small dices. Peel and finely dice onion. Pluck cilantro leaves from stem and finely dice stem.

2 tomatoes / 1 white onion / 1 bunch cilantro

Step 4

Lemon chicken tikka masala

In a large saucepan, sauté onion, remainder of garlic, chopped chili, and cilantro stems in vegetable oil over high heat for approx. 1 min. Then, add diced tomato, remainder of garam masala, and continue to cook for another 3 min.

large saucepan, cooking spoon

1 chili / 1 clove garlic / 1 tbsp vegetable oil / 2.5 g garam masala

Step 5

Lemon chicken tikka masala

Transfer marinated chicken to a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake in preheated oven 180°C/390°F for approx. 15 min. until golden brown.

baking sheet, oven, parchment paper

Step 6

Lemon chicken tikka masala

In a separate large saucepan, add rice, water, and salt. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low, and cook for approx. 12 – 14 min. until rice is tender and has absorbed all the liquid.

large saucepan

150 g basmati rice / 250 ml water / 0.25 tsp salt

Step 7

Lemon chicken tikka masala

Add cream and bouillon to first pan, bring to a boil for approx. 1 – 2 min., reduce heat, and continue to cook for another 10 min.

200 g cream / 1 Bouillon cube

Step 8

Lemon chicken tikka masala

Add baked chicken to pan and stir well to incorporate. Transfer rice to a serving plate, ladle lemon chicken tikka masala on top, and garnish with cilantro leaves.

serving plate

Step 9

Lemon chicken tikka masala

Kochhaus wishes you happy cooking!