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3 ways to cook Chicken Tikka Masala with Anar Gourmet Foods Seasoning Kits

Making perfectly spiced Chicken Tikka Masala by using our Indian seasoning kits and easy recipe is our favorite hack to make this delicious dish. You can also use 3 different cooking methods to prepare it. If you don't have an oven or if it's not working, no worries! You can cook this dish in a pressure cooker or on the stove. 

  1. Bake: This is our favorite way to make this dish. The taste is absolutely on the mark. There is no need to simmer the sauce for an extra 5-7 mins, to thicken it and boil off excess liquid. 
  • Marinate chicken with Step 1 spice packet, plain yogurt and lemon juice preferably overnight (per recipe).
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line deep baking pan with aluminum or parchment paper. 
  • Place marinated chicken in baking pan, bake for 20 minutes.
  • While baking chicken, prepare the sauce in a pot (per recipe). 
  • After sauce in pot is bubbling, CAREFULLY remove chicken from oven. Scoop chicken out of liquid in baking pan with a slotted spoon and place chicken in sauce. This gets rid of excess liquid easily.
  • Simmer for another 20-25 mins till chicken is cooked and it falls apart easily. That's it!

2.  Pressure Cooker: This is a very efficient way to cook the chicken fast while sealing the juices in the chicken. 

  • Marinate chicken with Step 1 packet, plain yogurt and lemon juice preferably overnight (per recipe)
  • Prepare the sauce in the pressure cooker per recipe. 
  • Add marinated chicken directly to the sauce in the pressure cooker. Cover with lid.
  • Use pressure cooker function, set to high pressure and "normal" mode. Close pressure cooker vent i.e. toggle the lever to seal pressure cooker.  This usually sets the cooking time to 15 or 20 minutes after pressure is built up in the cooker. 
  • After timer goes off, cancel "pressure cooker" function. CAREFULLY toggle lever to vent and let all the steam out. 
  • Check to see if chicken is cooked and falls apart easily. Normally, the chicken is cooked at this stage. If it is not, set pressure cooker to "sauté" function in "normal" mode and cook for approximately another 10 mins with lid on. Stir occasionally to ensure chicken is not burning.
  • There will be a lot of sauce in the pressure cooker. Simmer for another 5-10 mins with lid off (still in "sauté" function and "normal" mode) to boil off excess liquid and thicken sauce. This will give you the same AMAZING taste as when you bake the chicken. 

3. Stove top: This is the easiest way to make the dish. 

  • Marinate chicken with Step 1 packet, plain yogurt and lemon juice preferably overnight (per recipe)
  • Prepare the sauce in a pot on the stove top (per recipe). 
  • Add marinated chicken directly to the sauce in the pot. Cover tightly with lid.
  • Bring to boil, then turn down heat to simmer. 
  • Cook for 30-35 mins.  
  • Check to see if chicken is cooked and falls apart easily. If it is not cooked, simmer for approximately another 10 mins with lid on. Stir occasionally to ensure chicken is not burning.
  • There will be a lot of sauce in pot. Simmer for another 7-10 mins with lid off  to boil off excess liquid and thicken sauce. You will get the same mouthwatering taste when you bake the chicken.

Suggested pairing with dish:

Traditional: Rice (preferably white basmati rice), naan or Indian flat break of choice. Better yet, make some mouthwatering 😋 turmeric infused coconut rice (recipe is on the website) to up the oomph! to this dish. 

Fusion Indian: Eat with taco shells and your favorite toppings, it's just AMAZING! Or repurpose as a second meal with all the yummy sauce. Add some shrimp or veggies, simmer ingredients to cook them in sauce for an amazing mouthwatering fusion Indian dish. 

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Wow. This was amazing!

I bought a few items at the Pittsburgh Home Show and finally used made this.. It was truly.superb. Better than any restaurant! Can't wait to try more. (and it looks exactly like the picture)

Hi Elizabeth,

Thank you for your AWESOME review! I'm SO delighted that you loved my Grandma's Spicy Chicken Curry seasoning kit and that it met your expectations. I will let my mom know that you loved her recipe. I'm sure she will be thrilled. Thank you SO much! Cheers Priya

Wow! So Tasty!

What a fantastic way to bring Indian Cuisine into my home. Priya, your Tikka Masala Seasoning packets leave me speechless! Thank you so much for taking the step to open this business offering these amazing tastes into everyone's home. Kept me going back for 2nd and 3rd helpings! Very dangerous for singles households. Once my four kits are all gone, I will absolutely be ordering four more! Thanks 10 times more! - Fred

Dear Frederick,
I absolutely loved your review. My family got a good chuckle out of it because we could relate to going back for 2nds and 3rd helpings of chicken tikka masala. I am so glad our seasonings brought you joy with this dish. Thank YOU for your awesome review. Cheers Priya

A fabulous dish!

I saw Priya profiled in a newspaper article and decided to try her recipe. It was wonderful - scrumptious flavors and very easy to follow. It makes a lot of sauce that can be used with other proteins and veggies - a dish that keeps on giving! So glad I gave it a try.

Hi Victoria,
I am absolutely thrilled that you loved my chicken tikka masala seasonings, recipe and tips to maximize the dish. Thank you SO much for your detailed and thoughtful review. We celebrated with a happy dance. Cheers Priya

Husband loved it!

I was taken by your ad that said I could adjust the spice level. I bought the Chicken Tikka Masala and the Butter Chicken mixes. I made the Tikka Masala for my husband, who cannot tolerate much heat, and made it without adding any jalapeño. He LOVED it. After dinner he came in and asked for a small bowl of rice with the sauce on it. He asked me to order more immediately! Thank you for making this spice mix so easily adaptable for people like my husband, who can’t enjoy spicy hot foods, but love the flavors of this dish. I think we are about to be regular customers! (PS—I enjoyed it as well!)

Hi Evelyn,
Thank you for your detailed and thoughtful review. Oh my gosh!! I’m absolutely thrilled that your husband enjoyed the chicken tikka masala and that you did too.
It takes me 3-4 months to perfect a recipe and customize the spicy heat. So it’s fulfilling to know that I was able to help you make Indian food that you both loved.

Thank you for sharing your experience. It means a lot to me and my business.

Wonderful company!!

I read about this company in my local paper and was super excited to order some of the spice kits for my daughter’s birthday. She LOVES Indian food and makes it occasionally, but because the spice preparation can be daunting and ordering spices online can result in pounds of something you may not use in your lifetime, my daughter did not make her own very often. What a brilliant idea to sell spice packets for those of us who don’t want to buy a ton of exotic spices but want to cook our own Indian food! Oh - and the gift decoration was gorgeous. Very personal service. Highly recommend!

Hi Barbara,
Thank you SO much for your thoughtful and AWESOME review ! The reason I started this company was to make it easier to cook Indian food. I'm thrilled in particular that you are enjoying our unique home cooking in your home. I'm so glad you, your daughter and family loved our gift decorations. It truly was made with love from our family to yours. :-). Thanks again. Wishing you all the best. Cheers ~ Priya