Skillet Chicken Tikka Masala Meatballs are a fun twist on the popular Indian dish. Chicken meatballs are simmered in a creamy and flavorful tikka masala sauce and served over rice for a cozy, ethnic meal.
Indian food is something we almost never go out for. Honestly, I think I’ve only been to one Indian restaurant and it was so long ago I don’t even remember where it was. While we don’t go out for it, I do enjoy making it at home. One of my favorite dishes is chicken tikka masala. There’s something about that sauce that keeps me coming back for more.
Instead of doing a traditional recipe for it I decided to make these Chicken Tikka Masala Meatballs instead. I’m a huge lover of meatballs, so putting this twist on the classic recipe was a no brainer.
The meatballs are made with ground chicken, but if you can’t find that ground turkey works well too. The meatballs are flavored with lots of fresh ginger, garlic, cilantro and one of my favorite Indian spices, garam masala. If you’ve never used garam masala it’s a fragrant blend of warm spices that generally includes, cumin, coriander, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and black pepper.
When combining the meat mixture for the meatballs do it with a light hand. You don’t want to overwork the mixture or you’ll end up with tough, chewy meatballs like the ones you typically find in the freezer section at the grocery store. Homemade meatballs are always my preference even if they aren’t as convenient.
The meatballs are cooked in a skillet. Once cooked, put them on a plate while you make the tikka masala sauce in the same pan. The sauce uses many of the same ingredients that are in the meatballs. Ginger, garlic, garam masala and cilantro. The base of the sauce is tomato paste and tomato sauce. Some variations use diced tomatoes, but I wanted a smooth sauce.
The creaminess comes from coconut milk. I used light coconut milk to cut back on some of the fat and calories, but feel free to use full fat if that isn’t a concern for you. This is a great recipe to make if you’re dairy-free or gluten-free and most importantly, if you love making homemade Indian food!
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Tikka Masala Sauce
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 371Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 776mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 40g