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Tikka Masala Soup

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 45 min
  • Calories: 325
speckled ceramic bowl of homemade tikka masala soup topped topped with fresh cilantro

We took classic Indian chicken tikka masala and turned it into a soup that is the definition of cozy. Slurping encouraged.

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!

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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!
speckled ceramic bowl of tikka masala soup topped with fresh cilantro
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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!

Tikka Masala Soup

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 45 min
  • Calories: 325

Ingredients

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 milk. 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.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories 325
  • Protein 19 g
  • Carbohydrates 9 g
  • Total Fat 19 g
  • Dietary Fiber 3 g
  • Cholesterol 79 mg
  • sodium 806 mg
  • Total Sugars 6 g

Tikka Masala Soup

Questions & Reviews

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  • Sharon K

    Can the soup be frozen?

    We haven't personally tried it yet but it should work fine! Hope you enjoy Sharon!

  • Donna Davie

    Can I use shrimp instead of chicken?

    We haven't tried that but it would probably be good. Let us know if you give it a shot!

  • Jane

    Can you add Spinach to it? Is like to add more vegetables

    Sure!

  • Deanna M

    Can you make this into a slow cooker recipe?

    Add all ingredients through tomatoes and cook on the HIGH setting for 4 hours or LOW setting for 8 hours. Stir in the coconut milk and then season to taste. Leave it in the slow cooker on low for another 30 minutes so that the coconut milk can come up to temp.

  • Jessica Blacknall

    We tried this on a whim and absolutely loved it! Such a quick and easy weeknight dinner. My daughter said it tasted like something we would get from our favorite Indian restaurant, and we actually cooked down what was left and froze it for use later as a quick tikka sauce. Since she is vegetarian we used vegetable stock instead of chicken stock and we added either rotisserie or plant-based "chicken" as desired in our own bowls, so this was a perfect meal for our whole family. The only changes I would make based on our results is to use a white or yellow onion (I used a local sweet onion and the flavor definitely ran a bit too much on the sweet side) and to add about a teaspoon of salt for a little balance.

    We love to hear this! Sounds like you made it your own, which is so fabulous. Thanks for sharing!

  • LOB

    The flavor of this was amazing! It’s my first attempt at Masala and since my husband is a vegetarian we added crispy tofu and roasted cauliflower in lieu of chicken.
    Thank you so much. This is a recipe we will make over and over again.

    Yay! This is great to hear, we are so happy you both loved it and will continue making it in the future!

  • Michele

    This is amazing! A little spicy but my family absolutely loved this soup!

    I paired it with some nam bread💕

    Thank you Michele, we are so happy the whole family loved it!

  • Ellis

    This was delicious! This is going to be a new staple in our weekly meals and it was so easy. Thanks for the great recipe. I think we will try topping with some chickpeas and veggies next time just for a fun change up but it’s great the way it is.

    Oh that sounds great!

  • Debbie

    This was so good! The only modification I made was to use my instant pot. Filling, flavorful, and delicious. Thank you!

    Thanks Debbie! We are so thrilled you loved it!

  • Sharon Nobs-Harris

    This recipe is a staple now in our house with making it at least 8 times !! we LOVE IT !! I have made it according to the recipe and it's marvelous... the first try turned out more like a sauce as opposed to a soup because I used the wrong coconut cream, but have found the proper one and now all is great... I just wanted to add/ask is there any suggestions for veggie style... maybe zucchini ? but what other veg can be added... I'd like 2 veggies in there... maybe some red peppers also to add color ?