Street Food - Chicken Tikka Masala

Street Food - Chicken Tikka Masala

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Also Known As:
Chicken Tikka Masala, Murgh Tikka Masala, Bhatti Ka Murgh Masala

Average Price Per Serving:
SGD $3 - $18

Chicken Tikka Masala is a British dish, invented by a Punjabi chef, in Britain, United Kingdom. It has since spread back to North India.

Chicken Tikka Masala consists of chunks of boneless pre-marinated chicken, usually Chicken Tikka, in a smooth, mild curry.

The deboned chicken in Chicken Tikka Masala is first marinated with a mixture of plain yoghurt and tandoori masala, then roasted in a tandoor oven.

Some variations grill or pan-fry the chicken instead.

The curry for Chicken Tikka Masala is made with garam masala, salt, onions, garlic, powdered cumin, cloves, chili, powdered turmeric, cinnamon sticks, powdered coriander, ginger, pepper, fenugreek leaves, tomato puree and fresh cream / coconut cream.

Some hawkers may also add cardamom seeds, bay leaves, sugar, chicken stock or lemon juice.

The difference between Chicken Tikka Masala and Butter Chicken is the inclusion or exclusion of the following ingredients: butter, coconut cream and garam masala. Thus, the taste and texture of Chicken Tikka Masala will be slightly heavier and more grainy as compared to Butter Chicken.

The pre-marinated chicken and curry are combined, and cooked until done. A good Chicken Tikka Masala will have a relatively smooth, mild curry, which complements rather than overwhelms or disguises the chicken meat. The chicken should have a hint of smokiness, while being slighly chewey, without being overly spiced or dry.

Chicken Tikka Masala is often accompanied by Indian breads or rice.


Chicken Tikka Masala is considered to be one of the most popular dishes in Britain. Most North Indian stalls in Singapore also have this on the menu.

These are the top 3 stalls which I feel serve the best Chicken Tikka Masala in Singapore.


Al-Ameen Eating House
@ 3 Cheong Chin Nam Road
Opening Hours: 24 Hours Daily

@ Trade Hub 21 8 Boon Lay Way #01-27
Opening Hours: 24 Hours Daily

@ 484 Changi Road
Opening Hours: 24 Hours Daily

@ Bamboo Grove Park 5 Chu Lin Road
Opening Hours: 24 Hours Daily

@ The Woodgrove 30 Woodlands Avenue 1 #01-10
Opening Hours: 24 Hours Daily


The Banana Leaf Apolo
@ 56 Race Course Road
Opening Hours: 10.30am - 10.30pm Daily

@ 48 Serangoon Road #01-32
Opening Hours: 7am - 10.30pm Daily


Jaggi's Northern Indian Cuisine
@ 34 Race Course Road
Opening Hours: 11.30am - 3pm, 6pm - 10.30pm Daily