How to make Clean Chicken Tikka Masala

Nicola Halloran aka The Wonky Spatula gives us her take on this healthy snack - for more recipes, tips and tricks follow #GiveInToLiving

Clean Chicken Tikka Masala, perfect for when you have a craving for something bold but don’t want to break you clean eating streak!

What you'll need:

  • 4 Chicken breasts diced

For the spice rub:

  • 1/2 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tbsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 onion, finely sliced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 red chili, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp garma masala
  • 1 tbsp turmeric
  • 1 small tin of tomato puree (38g)
  • 200g chopped tomatoes
  • 200g creamed coconut
  • Coconut oil
  • Fresh Coriander to serve


  1. In a small bowl combine the spice rub, dice the turkey and toss in the spices.
  2. Add 1/2 a tbsp of coconut oil to a wok or large pan, once heated lightly brown the turkey for 3-4 minutes, before setting aside.
  3. If needed add some more coconut oil to you pan/wok and sauté the onions, garlic and chili for 3-4 minutes before stirring in the turmeric and garma masala, add about 3 tbsp of water and cook for a further 2 minute until the onion has started to soften.
  4. Once the water has evaporated stir in the tomato puree and mix well until a paste has formed.
  5. Add the turkey back in and coat in the paste.
  6. Stir in the chopped tomatoes and allow the mixture to come to the boil.
  7. Add in the coconut cream, keeping back about a 2 tbsp of it for later on, mix thoroughly through and allow the sauce to come to the boil again.
  8. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes at a low heat, until the sauce has nicely thickened and the turkey is fully cooked.
  9. Serve with a dollop of creamed coconut and a sprinkle of fresh coriander and enjoy!

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