Tikka Masala Soup

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Chicken tikka masala soup is for nights when you’re craving takeout but don’t want to wait. This Whole30-approved recipe is complex in flavor, yet easy enough that you can get dinner on the table in under 30 minutes.

A Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe That’s Cozy as Your Favorite Pair of Socks

Inspired by classic Indian chicken tikka masala, we dreamed up a soup recipe built around the iconic flavors of that dish. Say hello to a new weeknight favorite—chicken tikka masala soup! The warm and grounding flavors of garam masala, ginger, turmeric, cumin, and cinnamon infuse the tikka masala sauce-inspired soup base. Coconut milk adds a velvety texture to the broth without a adding any dairy, making it Whole30-approved. Add this easy, healthy soup recipe to your weekly dinner rotation and your family will thank you!

What is Tikka Masala?

Tikka masala is a classic Indian dish you’ve probably heard of before. Juicy pieces of chicken are simmered in a tomato and yogurt or cream-based sauce with a slew of fragrant spices added. Garam masala is a key competent to the recipe and while there are countless variations of this spice blend, it is known for his warming qualities. A few spices are nearly always included in this classic Indian spice blend—black pepper, dried chilies, cinnamon, cardamon, and coriander, which gives the tikka masala a warm, earthy flavor.

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How to Make Tikka Masala Soup

This tikka masala soup comes together rather effortlessly and is truly, magically all the things—healthy, comforting and delicious. 

  1. Make your kitchen smell heavenly by sautéing garlic and onion in coconut oil.
  2. Next, bloom the spices! This doesn’t mean planting them and waiting til spring. To “bloom” the spices means to warm the spices a bit over a relatively dry heat to awaken their fragrance. It’s often used in Indian cuisine, and this tikka masala soup is no exception, trust us on this one. 
  3. Pour in chicken stock, coconut milk, and tomatoes. Inhale the intoxicating aroma as the soup simmers! 
  4. Immersion blender, how we love you! Purée the soup until it’s lusciously creamy. 
  5. Finish the tikka masala soup recipe with shredded chicken from a store-bought rotisserie chicken—our favorite weeknight chicken soup shortcut! 

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A Tikka Masala That Checks All the Boxes

Whole 30 approved? Creamy, hearty and hot? Check and check. If you make this chicken tikka masala soup, be sure to post a picture to Instagram and tag @themodernproper and #themodernproper so we can celebrate your dinner win along with you. Happy eating!

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Tikka Masala Soup

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 tbsp coconut oil
1 small onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tbsp garam masala spice mix
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp tumeric
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 cups chicken stock
1 (28oz) can crushed tomatoes
1 (14 oz) can coconut cream
1-2 tsp kosher salt
1 whole rotisserie chicken or 4 cups TMP shredded chicken

Method

  1. Heat coconut oil over med-high heat in a heavy soup pot. Sauté the onion for 4 minutes then add garlic for 3 more minutes. Add cayenne pepper, garam masala, ginger, cumin, turmeric, and cinnamon. Sauté for 3 minutes longer until spices are fragrant.
  2. Add to the pot, 2 cups of chicken stock, tomatoes and coconut cream. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Using an immersion blender, or stand blender purée soup until smooth and creamy. Season with salt and add shredded chicken.