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Chicken Tikka Masala

In the last step you heard chicken tikka masala described as ‘Britain’s national dish’. In these two steps, Neil is going to show you how to cook it.

In this video, Neil shows you the ingredients you’ll need and prepares the masala marinade.

Here are the ingredients he uses:

  • 500g of chicken breast*
  • a small tub of plain yoghurt
  • a lemon
  • oil
  • paprika
  • garam masala
  • cumin
  • chilli
  • cardamom
  • tandoori masala
  • garlic and ginger paste


  • a sharp knife
  • a chopping board
  • a metal or glass mixing bowl
  • a lemon juicer
*A note about chicken:
When we buy chicken we sometime buy a whole chicken, for example if we’re going to make a roast chicken dinner. It’s best to buy a free range chicken, one that has been able to walk around in open space and not been kept in a cage, although they are a little more expensive.
If we don’t buy a whole chicken we can buy chicken breasts, which are white meat or chicken thighs which are dark meat. Meat from other animals, like beef, lamb and pork, are red meat.
You might also like chicken wings or chicken drumsticks (the lower part of the leg) – but not many people in the UK buy or eat chicken’s feet.

What do you think?

  • Are any of the ingredients new to you? Is it easy to buy them where you live?
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