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Chicken tikka masala is a curry dish of roasted chicken chunks (tikka) served in a rich-tasting orange-coloured sauce. The sauce is usually creamy, spiced and contains tomatoes. Tikka masala has been found to be the most popular dish in British restaurants and it has been called a "true British national dish."


Chicken tikka masala is chicken tikka, chunks of chicken marinated in spices and yogurt, that is then baked in a tandoor oven, served in a masala ("mixture of spices") sauce. A tomato and coriander sauce is common, but there is no standard recipe for chicken tikka masala; a survey found that of 48 different recipes, the only common ingredient was chicken tikka. The sauce usually includes tomatoes, frequently as puree; cream and/or coconut cream; and various spices. The sauce or chicken pieces (or both) are coloured orange with food dyes or with orange foodstuffs such as turmeric powder, paprika powder or tomato puree. Other tikka masala dishes replace chicken with lamb, fish or paneer.


Chicken tikka masala is served in restaurants around the world. A survey in the United Kingdom claimed that it is that country's most popular restaurant dish. One in seven curries sold in the UK is chicken tikka masala. The cross-cultural popularity of the dish in the UK led former Foreign Secretary Robin Cook to proclaim it as "a true British national dish". In an ironic inversion of history, British companies now export chicken tikka masala to Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.

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