Gluten-Free Chicken Tikka Masala

The basics of this recipe break down traditional curry powder, but like most people, I personally have all of the separate spices on hand more often.  Also, when you break the combination apart, you can omit ingredients, such as the poblano pepper, to adjust to your desired level of spicy, or double up on the more beneficial ones, like fresh ginger, if you need a little digestive boost.

Gluten-Free Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

Serve on top of a bed of Jasmine or Basmati Rice, with chickpeas on the side, or my personal preference, mix it all in together.    If you are like me and have a garden full of tomatoes right now, I’d even go for making your own tomato sauce, if you have the time, that is.

That part takes A LOT of time!!

Do you have any favorite curry recipes?  Do you make your own curry or buy the premixed kind?


  • 1 cup Greek Yogurt (I’m addicted to Chobani. Hands down, it performs the best. Guaranteed.)
  • ½ Lime juiced
  • 4 tsp Cumin divided
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 6 tsp Real Saltdivided
  • 2 Chicken Breasts cubed (feed 4 people)
  • 1 Can Chickpeas rinsed and drained, optional
  • 12 oz. Tomato Paste
  • 1 Can Coconut Milk
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 3 Garlic Cloves chopped
  • 1 Poblano Pepper
  • (this is what grows in my garden. I’m sure any variation of pepper or multiple peppers will do!)
  • 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar


  1. Mix greek yogurt, lime juice, ½ cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, black peppers, ginger and ½ salt for chicken marinade.
  2. Add chicken cubes and marinade in refrigerator for 1-24 hours.
  3. Discard marinade and cook chicken in a skillet over medium heat until cooked through.
  4. Meanwhile, melt butter in saucepan and add peppers, brown sugar and garlic. Sauté while adding remaining cumin, paprika, and salt.
  5. Add tomato paste and coconut milk.
  6. Reduce heat to low, add chicken and chickpeas and simmer until sauce thickens.
  7. Serve with or over rice. You can also eliminate the chicken and double the chickpeas for a hearty vegetarian option. YUM!

Gluten-Free Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe