Vegan Chicken Tikka Masala

Vegan Chicken Tika Masala

Vegan Chicken Tikka Masala

This vegan chicken masala was a first for me. I was inspired to create this recipe because my friend and part-time assistant told me it was her favorite Indian dish. Tika Masala is traditionally chunks of chicken marinated in spices and yogurt and served in a masala spice sauce of tomatoes and coriander. Today I used vegan chicken strips from Beyond Meat.

As far as the spices go, they may seem exotic, but I often use them in many of my vegan recipes.  Spices are your best friend friend when you're vegan.  The Beyond Meat vegan chicken worked really well especially when you consider it withstood the broiling and boiling. As a matter of fact, I don't think anyone would be able to distinguish between the vegan chicken and the animal based one.

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Vegan Chicken Tikka Masala
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 6
Vegan Chicken Coating (or tofu)
  • 1 12 ounce package of Beyond Chicken Strips, strips cut in half
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, finely chopped
  • 1½ cups of plain almond or soy yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 6 cardamom pods, crushed
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ginger finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups of light coconut milk
  • 1½ tablespoons maple syrup
  • ¾ cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 2 cups cooked steamed rice for serving
Vegan chicken
  1. Combine 2 garlic cloves, 2 teaspoons ginger, 2 teaspoons turmeric, 1 teaspoon ground coriander, 1 teaspoon ground cumin and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk in yogurt. Add the vegan chicken and turn to coat. Cover and chill 4 hours or more.
  1. Heat oil in a large heavy non-stick pot over medium heat. Add onion, tomato paste, cardomom and chilies and cook, until tomato paste has darkened and onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Stirring frequently.
  2. Add 2 teaspoons turmeric, 2 teaspoon of ground coriander and 1 teaspoon ground cumin. Cook another 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring often, for about 10 minutes or until sauce thickens.
  4. Add coconut milk and chopped cilantro. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat broiler. Place the oven rack between the middle and the top. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and arrange chicken in a single layer. Place on rack. Broil until vegan chicken gets browned, about 5-7 minutes, being careful not to overcook.
  1. Add chicken to sauce and simmer for another 5-8 minutes.
  2. Serve with rice and fresh cilantro.


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  1. Mary Wolfe says:

    Hi. What is the chicken made from and is it nutritious? Thank you.

    • Nancy M says:

      Hi Mary – Yes it is – Beyond Meat is made from plant-based protein and much healthier than animal protein. I have had the opportunity to meet the founders and team and they are passionate about their vision to provide healthier alternatives to consumers. You can read more about Beyond Meat here

  2. Wednesday says:

    If I use tofu instead of Beyond Chicken, do you have any recommendation for the best firmness? Looks delicious, btw.

    • Nancy M says:

      Hi Wednesday – I would use extra firm. Thanks for stopping by and being part of our community.

  3. Hi! I was wondering, what is the quantity of tomato paste used? It just says “1/4”, but not what it’s a fourth of 🙂

  4. This looks really great, I’m going to use a different brand of chicken strips because for some reason I just don’t like the beyond meat brand, even though I’ve tried it many times. My fiancé and I Like our food on the hotter side. suggestions to make this a bit spicier?

  5. As I live in UK, cant get Beyond Meat, so I tried something called ‘vegan pieces’ from my local shop, unfortunately it ended up tasting very bland. Like I was eating chopped up cardboard is the only way I could describe it.

    • So sorry to hear Una – You could replace the vegan chicken with tofu. I think it could work equally as well. If you are allergic to soy use chickpeas and serve it over a nice bed of rice that has been seasoned with lemon, chiles and ginger. Thanks for being part of our healthy community!