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This chicken tikka masala chili is the stuff your dreams are made of. This Whole30 chili has a rich and creamy tomato sauce, with beautiful caramelized onions, garlic, and chiles, loaded with tender ground chicken and veggies. Inspired by my beloved chicken tikka masala recipe, this chicken tikka masala chili is a must make for fall! It'll surely become your favorite Whole30 chili, too.

Chicken Tikka Masala Chili

This chicken tikka masala chili is the stuff your dreams are made of. This Whole30 chili has a rich and creamy tomato sauce, with beautiful caramelized onions, garlic, and chiles, loaded with tender ground chicken and veggies. Inspired by my beloved chicken tikka masala recipe, this chicken tikka masala chili is a must make for fall! It'll surely become your favorite Whole30 chili, too.

Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American, Indian, Indian / Pakistani
Keyword chicken, Chicken tikka, Masala Chili
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 751 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken ground
  • 5 tablespoons coconut oil ghee or refined
  • 2 tablespoons medium white onion diced
  • 3 tablespoons serrano chiles stemmed and minced, seeds removed if you prefer a milder chili
  • 7 tablespoons garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons ginger minced
  • 2 tablespoons Garam Masala Simply Organic
  • 2 tablespoons ancho chili powder Simply Organic
  • tablespoon cinnamon stick
  • teaspoon paprika Simply Organic
  • 2.15 Ounce tomato sauce cans sprouts Roma
  • tablespoon green bell pepper stemmed, deseeded, halved width-wise and sliced into strips
  • 1 tablespoon red bell pepper  stemmed, deseeded, halved width-wise and sliced into strips
  • 16 ounce mushrooms sliced
  • 4 tablespoons dried fenugreek leaves optional but recommended
  • 1 whole lemon juiced
  • 1 tablespoon plenty of sea salt to taste
  • 2 14 ounce coconut cream cans sprouts
  • 1 tablespoon basmati or cauliflower rice for serving, optional
  • 1 tablespoon naan for serving, optional
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped cilantro leaves for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon ghee in a large pot over medium heat, then add ground chicken. Brown ground chicken, breaking up with a wooden spoon or spatula, until completely cooked through. Transfer ground chicken to a bowl and set aside.
  2. Return pot to stove and heat remaining 4 tablespoons ghee. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add serrano chiles, garlic, ginger, and reduce heat to medium or medium-low. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture turns a nice toffee color, about 20 minutes, adding a few drops of water here and there if mixture is drying out and sticking to the pot. This step is extremely important, so don’t skip it! It should look like the photo before you move on to the next step.

  3. Add garam masala, paprika, ancho chili powder, and stir well. Cook until fragrant, a few minutes, adding a couple tablespoons of water if necessary to reduce sticking.
  4. Add tomato sauce to pot then transfer mixture to blender or food processor, and process until smooth. Return sauce to pot, then add sliced bell peppers, mushrooms, fenugreek leaves, cinnamon stick, and plenty of sea salt.
  5. Simmer gently for 30 minutes on medium-low heat or until thick and more like a paste than sauce. The mixture will start like paste then become more sauce-like and liquid as the veggies cook down. It's ready when the texture becomes like paste again. Add the cans of coconut cream and stir until very smooth, then add lemon juice and cooked ground chicken. Taste and add more salt to taste. Serve over basmati or cauliflower rice and naan, if desired, and garnish with plenty of fresh chopped cilantro leaves.

Recipe Notes

Taste and add more salt to taste. Serve over basmati or cauliflower rice and naan, if desired, and garnish with plenty of fresh chopped cilantro leaves.

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Tikka Masala Chili
Amount Per Serving (6 g)
Calories 751 Calories from Fat 558
% Daily Value*
Fat 62g95%
Saturated Fat 40g250%
Cholesterol 114mg38%
Sodium 1393mg61%
Potassium 935mg27%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 1328IU27%
Vitamin C 17mg21%
Calcium 66mg7%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.