Skinny Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

Skinny Chicken Tikka Masala
Skinny Chicken Tikka Masala

Skinny Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

Skinny Chicken Tikka Masala

Tender chunks of boneless chicken breast cooked in an aromatic creamy tomato sauce. Chicken tikka masala, probably the most popular dish on the menu of any Indian restaurant here in the states, but ironically this dish is claimed to be originally from Britain and is actually Britain’s national dish.

I’ve attempted a skinny version of this dish many times without all the cream and ghee (clarified butter) yet never felt quite satisfied with the results. I almost gave up figuring this is probably just one of those dishes that does not lighten up well, after all it’s also known as Butter Chicken!


Gina’s Weight Watcher Recipes

Servings: 4 • Size: 3 oz chicken + sauce • Points +: 5 pts  • Smart Points: 4

Calories: 190.4 • Fat: 4.5 g • Carb: 12.8 g • Fiber: 2.0 g  • Protein: 24.5 g • Sugar: 5.1

Sodium: 99.3 (without salt)


2 tsp canola oil or you could use butter

1 small onion, minced

1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated

3 cloves garlic, crushed

1 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes

4 oz fat free yogurt (I used Chobani)

1/2 cup 1% milk

1 tbsp cumin

1 tsp turmeric (optional)

1/2 tbsp chili powder

salt to taste

16 oz (2 boneless) chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces

4 tbsp fresh cilantro (or to taste)



Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until golden. Add the crushed ginger, stir for a few minutes then add the garlic and cook another minute. Add cumin, garam masala, turmeric, chili powder, and salt; mix well until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, yogurt and milk. Simmer on low heat until sauce thickens, about 10 minutes. Add chicken and simmer for 10 – 15 minutes or until cooked through. Add a generous amount of chopped cilantro and serve with Bamati Rice or Naan.

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