Chicken Tikka & Garlic Rice with Cherry Tomato Salad

Enjoy the mild, aromatic flavors of India in this quick meal. Tender strips of chicken get a light masala coating, which goes perfectly with fragrant garlic rice. A collection of zesty side dishes takes this dinner to the next level: there’s a fresh salad, creamy yoghurt sauce to cover all your bases.


  1. Finely chop the garlic (or use a garlic press) • In a medium saucepan, melt the butter with a dash of olive oil over a medium-high heat • Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute • Add the water and ½ the salt • Bring to the boil then add the rice • Reduce the heat to low and cover with a lid • Cook for 10 minutes, then remove from the heat and keep covered until the rice is tender and the water has absorbed, 10 minutes • While the rice is cooking, slice the chicken breast into 1cm strips • In a medium bowl, combine the masala powder, the remaining salt and a good drizzle of olive oil • Add the chicken strips, toss to coat and set aside.
  2. Finely chop the cucumber • Pick and finely chop the mint leaves • In a small bowl, combine the yoghurt, ½ the cucumber and ½ the mint • Season with salt and pepper and mix well • Set aside • Slice the cherry tomatoes in half • In a second medium bowl, combine the cherry tomatoes, remaining cucumber and remaining mint • Add the white vinegar and drizzle with olive oil • Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine.
  3. In a large frying pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil over a high heat • When the oil is hot, add the chicken and cook, tossing regularly, until the chicken is browned and cooked through, 4-5 minutes.
  4. Divide the garlic rice and chicken tikka between bowls • Serve with the cucumber raita, tomato salad.

Tools you will need:

Kitchen Knife • Chopping Board Peeler • Medium Pan Small Bowl • Large Pan Medium Bowl

Ready In

25 mins




Serves 2


  • 2

    Garlic Clove

  • 2

    Chicken Breast ( pc )

  • 1

    Cucumber ( pc )

  • 150

    Yogurt ( gr )

  • 0.75

    Rice ( cup )

  • 3

    Masala Powder ( T )

  • 2

    Mint Leaves ( unit )

  • 129

    Cherry Tomato ( gr )

  • 1

    White Vinegar ( t )

  • 2

    Olive Oil ( T )

  • 20

    Butter ( gr )

  • 1.5

    Water ( cup )

  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Nutritional facts (est. per serving)

Nutrient DV 309kCal