Cooking with a simmer sauce doesn’t have to mean standing at the stove. Use it for braising, like this dish of bone-in chicken thighs, baked with Tikka Masala until juicy, tender, and flavorful. And while it’s in the oven, use the time to cook orzo or couscous, and make a beautiful salad!

Serves 4

  • 8 chicken thighs (skin-on, bone-in)
  • Salt and black pepper, as needed
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup Maya Kaimal Tikka Masala
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (optional)


Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Step 2

Trim off excess fat from thighs. Season chicken on all sides with salt and pepper and set aside.

Step 3

Heat the oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Place chicken in the pan, skin-side down and cook without moving until the skin is browned and mostly crisp, about 4 minutes. Turn each piece over and cook the other side for 4 minutes.

Step 4

Transfer the chicken, skin-side up, to an oven-proof baking dish leaving a little room between each piece. Spread about 2 tablespoons of Tikka Masala over the top of each thigh to cover skin side. Bake until cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes.

Step 5

Garnish with cilantro, and serve with rice or grain of your choice.