Chicken Masala

Total Time:
45 min
5 min
40 min

4 servings

  • 4 chicken breast halves without skin
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour, for dredging
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil1 onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala seasoning, plus 2 teaspoons
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup cream of chicken soup, condensed
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • Cooked white rice, to serve

Place chicken breasts and flour in zip-top bag. Shake until chicken is coated with flour. Remove from bag, shaking off excess flour and set aside.

Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, add the chicken breasts and fry until golden brown on both sides. Remove chicken to a plate and set aside.

Add the onion and garlic to the pan and cook until soft. Add the garam masala, tomatoes, soup, coconut milk, and salt and pepper to taste and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and return the chicken breasts to the pan. Simmer for 15 minutes, then add the frozen peas. Return to a simmer and cook for an addition 10 minutes.

Serve hot with white rice.

Cook's Note: Garam masala is a traditional Indian blend of spices and is available in the spice section of the grocery store.

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    I made this for dinner tonight and it was so good. I put chicken bouillon instead of soup and added turmeric and cayenne pepper for more authentic flavour. I served it with rice and chapati. :) will definitely make this again.
    I loved it Ths sauce was great. I had left overs but not enough for 2. So for my round 2 I added 1 cup celery a half of onion that I cooked a can of drained beansprouts,Soy sauce,a couple shakes of 5 spice power a shake of chili pepper flakes.I changed countries. I had enough for another meal and it was great!
    I admit I was skeptical. Canned chicken soup? But wow! This was so amazing, I served it to my Indian friends and they couldn't BELIEVE how authentic it was! They begged me for the recipe, lapped it up, and ate the platter clean. They even fought over the last piece of chicken and the remaining sauce. This is now my standard dinner party dish. In fact, we love it so much, I make it every night. We'll probably never eat anything else again. We've had it for every meal for the last three weeks. Sandra, you really hit this one out of the park! SO GLAD I tried this!!!!!!
    My daughter, who loves Indian food, said the homemade version was better than her favorite Indian restaurant. I substituted chicked thigh for breast and added red and yellow bell pepper and chunks of fresh mushrooms. Delicious and easy.
    This recipe was a hit for my entire family. Even my father who doesn't like anything with much flavor really enjoyed it.
    fast and delicious without a lot of prep work. I subbed soy sour cream and chicken broth for the condensed chicken soup b/c I can't eat dairy. Also fried chicken without flouring in a wok - used the wok rather than fry pan for the whole recipe. Came out sooooo good. Whole family enjoyed it w/ rice. no leftovers.
    This recipe gets rave reviews every time I make it! It's so simple and tasty. I add some chopped red bell pepper to the dish and serve it over basmati rice. Not exactly like traditional masala, but yummy nonetheless!
    I made the gravy then added some homemade seitan spiced with garam masala, slicing it thin. It was wonderful.  
    also, served it with basmati rice  
    update - I substituted tofu for the chicken - sooooo good
    This recipe was very tasty and easy tio make. We will definitely prepare it again
    Rachael in Georgia. Perhaps the reason your dish tasted gross is because you added curry. The recipe does not call for that spice. I received a free pouch of garam masala spice when I recently bought spices online and was looking for a way to use it. This was excellent choice.
    Before Campbell's first made Cream of Chicken soup, I have no idea how Indian cooks made Chicken Masala! I've tried making it so many times but never with the soup. Only using Sandra's recipe did it finally turn out right.
     I'm going to take this recipe to my favorite Indian restaurant so they can start making it properly.
    Thank you for the recipe, but I Just wanted to share with you Sandra, that Canola oil is not really a good choice. It's not good for your body and health. Why not cultural butter or Olive oil?
    My husband and I made this dish just like the recipe, and we were extremely pleased with it! The chicken was so tender, and the flavor was very tasty! We will definitely make it again, and this time serve it to friends!
    I was disappointed in the taste there was something missing, I was about to chuck it but decided to check my kitchen cabinets. I saw a can of tomato paste, added 1/2 can [a teaspoon at a time] of the tomato paste. That did the trick much more authentic to my favorite Indian Restaurant. The Chutney Masala in Irvington, New York
    Thought this recipe was wonderful - gave to several friends, they loved it. Thanks Sandra for your wonderful show, It's very informative, easy recipes and love your tablescapes. Wish you were on more than once a day.
    It was pretty easy, although dredging and frying can be a little more effort than I'd like for a weeknight. The taste was fine, and the chicken stayed quite tender. Not really remarkable.
    I have made this recipe a number of times and the family loves it. It is very easy to make, is open to deviations, and is delicious. Makes lots of sauce, if I remember correctly.
    I loved this recipe! Very easy to make. I added some curry powder to make a bit more authentic...even my Indian roommate enjoyed it!
    This recipe was recommended by a friend whose family all loved it. I followed Sandra's directions except I left out the frozen peas and I left the chichen out of the sauce until plating to keep it crisp. My whole family loved this recipe. We thought it was delicious. I did have to add salt/pepper to our taste but that was it. I've passed this along to some other friends already.
    I made this dish. It is a bit bland. I did not use the cream of chicken soup. I tried the 1/2 and 1/2 - like another poster suggested. My own thought was to I added some chicken broth. It is just okay.
     Remember people Sandra's show is titled "Semi- Homemade" she is not trying to make an authentic Indian dish. People should be nicer when posting. Insults about Sandra are way off base. Sandra has come along way from a troubling childhood. PLEASE Just stick to reviewing the recipe. If you don't care for it, then just state that and the reason. No need for the personal insults. Thanks for listening.
    We love Indian food, but we all thought this missed the mark. It was very easy to do, but I think it was the combination of coconut milk and chicken that we didn't enjoy.
    We love Indian food, but since I'm usually short on time we don't get to have it very often. This receipe is fantastic. I usually triple it and freeze batches so we can have it more often. It freezes well and the chicken stays moist.
    Coming from someone who's not big on chicken--that meal was absolutely wonderful. I love Indian food and have to say that it was better than most Indian restauarants I have been to. The chicken was moist and everything that complemented the dish was heaven to my taste buds. (Julie's husband)
    I was a bit anxious making this for the family since, at times, it seems no one can be pleased. This recipe was a HUGE success with everyone! The vote....definitely make this one again!
     Thank you Sandra!
    Being married to an Idian, It is a challenge finding recipies that are spicy enough but different enough from our everyday cooking. This recipe was easy to make and very tasty!
    I have been searching for an easy Masala recipe. This is it. I added a can of condensed cream of chicken soup, 2 cups of peas and 1 cup and a half of coconut milk. I also added a can of condensed tomato soup. This step saved the recipe and made it amazing!!!!
    This was very good. I doubled the soup and coconut milk since it looked a little dry. Loved it!
    I love Indian food and have not attempted to cook it at home until this recipe. It taste great and is quick and easy.
    Being big fans of Indian cuisine, we have made this recipe multiple times. I have reduced the amount of diced tomatoes to 1/2 of a can instead of a whole can to allow the flavor of the garam masala to be more prominent. This makes a delicious dinner that even my 14 month old loves! The Naan recipe that accompanies it is also delicious.
    Great Recipe - Loved eating every last bit of it, and super simple to make.
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