Chicken Tikka Masala
This classic masala is often the first dish many try when exploring Indian food. We love Grace Parisi's version because it's easy to prepare and its slightly spicy tomato cream sauce is addictive. The chicken needs to marinate overnight, so plan accordingly.In 2018, Food & Wine named this recipe one of our 40 best: Big-flavored, creamy, and comforting, chicken tikka masala is the perfect gateway dish to Indian cooking. This version, from former F&W Senior Test Kitchen Associate Grace Parisi, is relatively easy to prepare— and highly addictive, thanks to the slightly spicy tomato cream sauce. (For many years, this was the most popular recipe on foodandwine.com!) The chicken does need to marinate overnight, so plan accordingly.
The Chicken Tikka Masala can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Reheat gently before serving.
Variation The marinade and sauce here are also delicious with shrimp, lamb and vegetables.
Steamed basmati rice, rice pilaf or warm nan.