Creamy Coconut Milk Chicken Tikka Masala

Creamy Coconut Milk Chicken Tikka Masala

  • Author: Madison
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4-5 1x


You need this Creamy Coconut Milk Chicken Tikka Masala in your life! Imagine smothering a warm piece of garlicky naan bread in a creamy, tikka-licious (yep i just made that word up) sauce filled with juicy chucks of flavorful chicken. I am already dreaming about reliving the leftovers again tomorrow.



For the marinade:

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp tikka masala seasoning
  • 1/2 can coconut milk

For the sauce:

  • 2 tbsp ghee or butter
  • 1/2 medium white onion
  • 3 roma tomatoes
  • 2 medium garlic cloves
  • 1.5 cans coconut milk
  • 5 tsp tikki masala seasoning
  • 2 tsp arrowroot powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • cayenne pepper and extra salt to taste

For serving:

  • White rice, brown rice, cauliflower rice, or quinoa
  • Garlic naan
  • Fresh cilantro


  1. Cut chicken breasts into small to medium sized cubes. Marinate with the seasoning and coconut milk for about 12-24 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Bake the chicken (in the marinade) for about 30 minutes (or until cooked through).
  4. Meanwhile, dice the onion and saute in the ghee or butter on medium heat for about 5 minutes, until softened. Add the garlic and reduce heat to medium-low. Stir and cook for about 2 more minutes. Add tikka masala seasoning and stir until fragrant.
  5. Cut the tomatoes into small pieces add it them to the pan. Cook until softened, about 3 minutes.
  6. Transfer mixture to a blender and blend until pureed.
  7. Transfer back to pan and immediately add coconut milk and stir until smooth.
  8. Add the cooked chicken (excluding the marinade juices) to the sauce.
  9. Add the arrowroot powder and reduce heat to low. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until sauce is thickened.
  10. Serve over rice with garlic naan. Top with lots of fresh cilantro.


  1. I used Savory Spice Shops Tikka Masala Seasoning to make the recipe a little easier and it worked out perfectly. But, feel free to use any seasoning or make your own. Or follow this recipe: Tikka Masala Spice Mix Recipe.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Indian

Keywords: tikka masala, chicken tikka masala, coconut milk