Chicken Tikka Masala


  • 4 teaspoons garam masala (see Note)

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric

  • ½ cup gluten free flour

  • Gluten free flour ½ cup

  • 1 pound chicken tenders

  • 4 teaspoons avocado oil, divided

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 large sweet onion, diced

  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh ginger

  • 1 28-ounce can plum tomatoes, undrained

  • ⅓ cup coconut milk

  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro for garnish


1. Stir together garam masala, salt and turmeric in a small dish. Place flour in a shallow dish. Sprinkle chicken with ½ teaspoon of the spice mixture and dredge in the flour. (Reserve the remaining spice mix and 1 tablespoon of the remaining flour.)

2. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken until browned, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.

3. Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil in the pan over medium-low heat. Add garlic, onion and ginger and cook, stirring often, until starting to brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the reserved spice mix and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Sprinkle with the reserved 1 tablespoon flour and stir until coated. Add tomatoes and their juice. Bring to a simmer, stirring and breaking up the tomatoes with a wooden spoon. Cook, stirring often, until thickened and the onion is tender, 3 to 5 minutes.

4. Stir in coconut milk. Add the chicken and any accumulated juices to the pan. Bring to a simmer and cook over medium-low heat until the chicken is cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Garnish with cilantro.  

Servings = 4 (1 1/2 cups) -


  • Garam masala, a blend of spices used in Indian cooking, usually includes cardamom, black pepper, cloves, nutmeg, fennel, cumin and coriander. It is available in the spice section of most supermarkets.