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Indian spiced chicken with raita and tomato salsa recipe

Indian spiced chicken with raita and tomato salsa recipe

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This fabulous Indian tikka masala-spiced chicken dish is served with a cool and refreshing raita and a colourful salsa.


Hertfordshire, England, UK

2 people made this

IngredientsServes: 4

  • For the chicken
  • 80g (3 oz) tikka masala paste
  • 2 tablespoons natural yoghurt
  • 4 large chicken thighs
  • For the salsa
  • 35g (1 1/4 oz) cashew nuts
  • 290g (10 1/4 oz) cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cucumber, diced
  • 1 squeeze of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • 25g (1 oz) mini pappadums, roughly crushed
  • For the raita
  • 1/2 cucumber, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 125g (4 1/2 oz) natural yoghurt
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • chopped fresh mint, to garnish

MethodPrep:15min ›Cook:30min ›Extra time:30min marinating › Ready in:1hr15min

    For the chicken:

  1. Mix the tikka masala paste and the natural yoghurt in a large, non-metallic mixing bowl. Add the chicken thighs and turn to coat. Cover and marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  2. For the salsa:

  3. Toast the cashew nuts in a dry frying pan, stirring often until golden brown. Allow them to cool then roughly chop and mix with all the remaining salsa ingredients except the mini pappadums.
  4. For the raita:

  5. Combine all of the raita ingredients in a separate bowl and season lightly.
  6. BBQ method: If using a barbecue, put the chicken thighs over a medium-hot area, brush thickly with the marinade, season, and cook for about 20 to 25 minutes, turning occasionally until they are cooked through.
  7. Oven method: Alternatively, cook the chicken pieces in an oven preheated to 200 C / 180 C fan / Gas 6 and bake for 45 minutes until cooked through and the chicken is no longer pink.
  8. Stir the crushed pappadums into the salsa and serve with the chicken and the raita. Garnish with fresh mint.

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The chicken should slow cook or simmer in the gravy to absorb all the flavors. You need to use bone-in chicken as boneless will not yield the same flavor as the former.

And the onions have to be sauteed beyond the ‘transparent’ stage or till lightly browned and once you add ginger garlic paste, continue to saute till the raw smell disappears and the oil separates. This is a very crucial process for making any Indian curry be it vegetarian or chicken.

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All you chicken fans out there, do give this spicy chicken curry recipe a try. If you do, please share your feedback and pictures of chicken curry in the blog comments or on social media. Would love to see them. You will find me on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and Instagram.


1. Grate cucumbers squeeze out excess liquid. In a bowl, combine cucumber, onion and sour cream season to taste.

2. In a separate bowl, combine tomato, red onion, jalapeño and cilantro.

3. Pound chicken breast with a mallet to an even thickness brush with olive oil and rub all sides with spices. Grill until done brush with lemon juice.

4. Serve chicken atop flatbread with cucumber raita and tomato-onion-cilantro salsa. Partner with spinach-basmati pilaf, if desired.


Ingredients of Burhani Raita

  • 2 cup yoghurt (curd)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • salt as required
  • 7 garlic
  • 2 tablespoon coriander leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder

How to make Burhani Raita

Step 1

To start with, take a bowl and add curd and whisk it to make it smooth.

Step 2

Then add crushed garlic, cumin seeds powder, chopped coriander, salt, chili powder to the bowl and mix well.


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Why am I explaining all this while detailing my avacado dip recipe?

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For Marination:
Garam Masala Powder – 1 tblspn
Red Chilli Powder – 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi – 1 tsp
Cumin Powder / Jeera Podi – 2 tsp
Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tblspn
Curd / Yogurt – 1 cup
Salt to taste


For Grinding:
Dry Kashmiri Red Chillies – 10 to 15
Garlic – 6 to 8 cloves

Method:Take chicken in a bowl, add all the marination ingredients into it and mix well. Leave it to marinate for 30 mins.

Take chillies and garlic in a blender and puree till smooth.

Heat oil in a kadai. Add in onions and saute till golden.

Now add in the chicken along with the marination and saute on high heat for 5 mins.

Cover the kadai and cook on a low heat for 25 to 30 mins. Stiring inbetween.

Now the chicken must be cooked, increase the heat and cook on high heat till the chicken is well seared and oil separates from this. It will take around 10 to 15 mins.

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