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Chicken Tikka Sandwich Filler

May 8, 2020 (Last Updated: February 13, 2021) by Chris Collins

Once you try this homemade chicken tikka sandwich filler you’ll never get store bought again!

Chicken tikka sandwich filler. C’mon, we’ve all been there at least once. I’ve had a few good ones in my time, but far too many bad ones. As such, I thought it was time to recreate the classic and show you how easy it is to make at home. AND it’s approximately 14287283x more delicious. Follow me…

3 sandwich halves stacked on each other on wooden board

Chicken Tikka

The heart and soul of this recipe is of course the chicken. Here I use boneless skinless chicken breasts. You’ll need to butterfly the breasts right through to make 4 even sized skinnier chicken breasts. This speeds up the cooking process and increases the surface area of seasoning. You’ll also want to get your chicken out the fridge 15mins before needed. This will ensure it doesn’t seize up and go chewy when it hits the hot pan.

Homemade Tikka Seasoning

The seasoning mix is actually incredibly easy, and all spices can be found in all major supermarket/grocery stores. We’ll use half now to coat the chicken, then save half for later. Alongside this you’ll want an oil with a high smoking point like vegetable oil. This is because we’ll be frying at high heat.

Authentic Char

Chicken tikka is notorious for having a gorgeous char. We obviously won’t be achieving it authentically here, but by frying over high heat the breasts will char slightly, which will add a huge amount of beautifully smoky flavour.

Top Tip #1 – Once you’ve fried the chicken allow it to rest before dicing it up. This will allow some moisture to be retained and allow the chicken to completely cool.

How to make chicken tikka breast - 6 step by step photos

Chicken Tikka Sandwich Filler

Right, chicken tikka cooled and diced, let’s turn this into a sandwich filler. Alongside the chicken and second half of your spices here’s what you’ll need:

  • Yogurt & Mayo – a 50/50 split. Plain unsweetened yogurt & full fat mayo.
  • Red Pepper, Shallot & Garlic – I dice these up very small and keep them raw, but you can cook them off and cool like the chicken if you prefer the texture/flavour.
  • Lemon – Brightens up the dish.
  • Coriander/Cilantro – A classic, even if you’re not a fan just a pinch will do wonders.
  • Tomato Puree – Deepens the flavours and turns the sauce into more of a tikka sauce.
Top Tip #2 – I HIGHLY recommend making this ahead of time and resting in the fridge until needed. This will not only help the flavours develop, but also tenderize the chicken so it’s ultra soft.

How to make chicken tikka sandwich filler - 3 step by step photos

How can I serve this?

The obvious choice is in a sandwich, but plonking it in a pita or wrap works perfectly, as does plonking it on a baked potato.

How to store this?

This is best tightly covered in the fridge for 2-3days (longer at your discretion).

If you like the sound of this cold chicken tikka, be sure to check out my Chicken Tikka Style Slow Cooker Chicken Curry!

For more sandwich ideas check out these beauties too:

Alright, let’s tuck into the full recipe for this chicken tikka sandwich shall we?!

closeup shot of baked potato with chicken tikka on top with salad blurred behind

How to make Chicken Tikka Sandwich Fillerย (Full Recipe & Video)

3 sandwich halves stacked on each other on wooden board

Chicken Tikka Sandwich

Once you try this homemade chicken tikka sandwich filler you'll never get store bought again!
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Servings (click & slide): 6
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: British / Indian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Calories per serving: 282kcal
Cost per serving: ยฃ3 / $4


  • Frying Pan & Tongs
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Medium Mixing Bowl & Spatula
  • Small Pot (for spice mix)

Ingredients (check list):

Chicken Tikka

  • 2 large Chicken Breasts, brought close to room temp (approx 9oz/250g per breast)
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 3 tsp Garam Masala
  • 2 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1.5 tsp EACH: Cumin, Paprika, Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Ground Coriander
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Sandwich Filler

  • 1/2 cup / 120g Plain Unsweetened Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup / 120g Full Fat Mayo
  • 1/2 Red Pepper, very finely diced
  • 1/2 Lemon, juice only
  • 1 Banana Shallot, very finely diced (or 2 small shallots)
  • 1 clove of Garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp finely diced Coriander/Cilantro (or to preference)
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Puree (Tomato Paste in US)
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

To Serve (optional)


  • Firstly, I highly recommend making this in advance to develop the flavours.
  • In a small pot combine 3 tsp garam masala, 2 tsp chilli powder, 1.5 tsp cumin, paprika & turmeric, 1 tsp ground coriander and 1/2 tsp salt. Place to one side.
  • Butterfly your breasts right through to make 4 even sized breasts. Coat in 2 tbsp veg oil and HALF your spice mix (save other half for later).
  • Heat up a large pan over high heat and fry your chicken breasts until nicely charred on each side and hot through the centre (some char = authentic flavour). Place to one side to rest, scraping out any little bits of char/chicken as well. Important to rest for the chicken to retain moisture and completely cool. Once cool, dice into tiny cubes.
  • In a medium sized mixing bowl combine 1/2cup/120g yogurt and mayo, 1 tbsp tomato puree and finely diced coriander/cilantro, 1 finely diced shallot, red pepper, garlic, the juice of half a lemon, the rest of your spice mix and 1/2 tsp sugar.
  • Stir in diced chicken then season to taste. Cover in cling film and rest in the fridge until needed, then serve as a sandwich, in a pita/wrap or on a baked potato!

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Make Ahead - Making this ahead of time will give time for the flavour to develop, and, will tenderize the chicken so it goes extra soft. Even just 30mins will help, but overnight works best.
b) Chicken Temp - Important to get the chicken out the fridge 15mins before frying. Placing cold chicken on a piping hot pan will cause it to seize up and go chewy. It's also important to allow the chicken to completely cool before combining with the sandwich filler, or it'll cause the yogurt/mayo to start congealing.ย 
c) Red Pepper/Onion - You can fry these to soften and caramelize if you prefer the texture/flavour over raw. Just allow them to completely cool like the chicken.
d) Leftovers - I usually keep this covered in the fridge for 2-3days (longer at your discretion) and serve straight from the fridge.
e) Calories - divided by 6.

Your Private Notes:


Nutrition Facts
Chicken Tikka Sandwich
Amount Per Serving
Calories 282 Calories from Fat 188
% Daily Value*
Fat 20.84g32%
Saturated Fat 3.518g18%
Trans Fat 0.064g
Polyunsaturated Fat 11.24g
Monounsaturated Fat 4.831g
Cholesterol 64mg21%
Sodium 387mg16%
Potassium 380mg11%
Carbohydrates 4.44g1%
Fiber 0.8g3%
Sugar 2.9g3%
Protein 18.61g37%
Vitamin A 653IU13%
Vitamin C 15.2mg18%
Calcium 55mg6%
Iron 0.99mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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  • Reply
    August 5, 2023 at 12:02 pm

    5 stars
    Absolutely loved it! Was just wondering is it suitable for freezing as I’d love to be able to make a big batch and freeze it!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      August 6, 2023 at 11:41 am

      Hey Caitlin! I’ve honestly never tried, so couldn’t offer too much guidance unfortunately. I imagine it’d work okay though. Maybe give it a go with a small batch and go bigger if successful! C.

  • Reply
    anthony irwin
    February 17, 2023 at 10:03 am

    I still mourn the loss of M+S chicken tikka sandwiches from the late 80’s. They had the most gorgeous yoghurt mint? dressing. Can anyone remember? Thank you for this receipt, I will try it.

    PS: Now, you are my Go To for receipts, thank you and your cottage pie one is excellent.


    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      February 17, 2023 at 11:20 am

      Hey Anthony! I hope you get to try the recipe. Glad the cottage pie went down well too ๐Ÿ™‚ C.

  • Reply
    May 9, 2020 at 6:11 am

    Perfect sandwiches! They are so good! I love making them for lunch all week long!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      May 9, 2020 at 10:06 am

      Thanks Michelle!

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    Priya @Cookilicious
    May 9, 2020 at 4:51 am

    5 stars
    I love eating sandwiches any time of the day! This one looks really good.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      May 9, 2020 at 10:06 am

      Thanks Priya ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    May 9, 2020 at 3:41 am

    5 stars
    This sandwich is looking amazing, a perfect dinner with a simple side! Will be making it next week.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      May 9, 2020 at 10:06 am


  • Reply
    May 9, 2020 at 1:03 am

    5 stars
    Beautiful and delicious! What more could I want from a recipe?! Oh, I guess I’ll add “easy” to that ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing another great!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      May 9, 2020 at 10:05 am

      Yup, so easy! Thanks, Traci ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Krissy Allori
    May 9, 2020 at 12:15 am

    5 stars
    This chicken tikka sounds amazing! That baked potato with it is really calling to me. I’m going to add this to my menu for next week. Thanks!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      May 9, 2020 at 10:05 am

      Awesome! Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚