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Chicken Tikka Masala Meatballs | TheFoodCharlatan.com

Chicken Tikka Masala Meatballs

Chicken Tikka Masala flavors meet the classic and comforting meatball. An Indian-inspired easy dinner...with lots of sauce.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 456kcal
Author Karen


For the meatballs

  • 1 pound ground chicken or turkey
  • 1/4 large red onion chopped small
  • 1 jalapeno chopped small
  • 1 tablespoon ginger minced or grated
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro minced

For the sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 8-oz can tomato sauce (1 cup)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped


  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat with nonstick spray.
  • In a medium bowl, add all the ingredients for the meatballs. Use your hands to mix it until it is just combined—don’t overdo it or the meat will get tough.
  • Shape the meat into balls that are a little smaller than a golf ball. (Or any size, really, as long as they are uniform. Adjust baking times if you change the size.)
  • Place the meatballs on the prepared baking sheet. Bake at 400 for 10 minutes, or until they are browned on the bottoms.
  • Meanwhile, make the sauce. In a small bowl combine 2 teaspoons cumin, paprika, 1 teaspoon salt, and set aside.
  • Melt butter in a medium-sized pot over medium heat. Sauté garlic and jalapeno for 1 minute. Add the bowl of spices and cook for another minute.
  • Stir in tomato sauce and cream. Simmer on low heat until sauce thickens, about 20 minutes.
  • You can add the cooked meatballs to the sauce, or spoon the sauce over each individual serving. Serve this with naan and jasmine or basmati rice. (About 2 cups of uncooked rice will be enough.)


Serving: 3meatballs | Calories: 456kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 228mg | Sodium: 1196mg | Potassium: 771mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1813IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 3mg