Chicken Tikka Masala

This easy-to-make recipe is marinated in yogurt and spices, then served in a tomato cream sauce. Serve with rice and/or naan.

Chicken Tikka Masala

Posted by John Hardy - 2017-01-03 14:01:00

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4     chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
6     skewers (soak in water while chicken marinades)

1     cup yogurt 
1     T fresh lemon juice 
3     t ground cumin 
3     t ground cinnamon 
3     t cayenne pepper 
2     t freshly ground black pepper 
1     T minced fresh ginger
1/2  t salt (can adjust to taste)

1     T butter 
3     cloves garlic, minced
1     jalapeño pepper, chopped (like it hotter, use 2 and leave in the seeds) 
3     t ground cumin 
3     t paprika 
1/2  t salt (adjust to taste) 
1     8 oz can tomato sauce 
1     cup heavy cream (add up to half cup more if you want more sauce) 
1/4  cup chopped fresh cilantro (OPTIONAL)

About 30 minutes with one hour marinade time

About 45 minutes

In a large bowl, combine yogurt, fresh lemon juice, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, black pepper, ginger, and salt. Stir in chicken, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preheat grill to high.

Put chicken onto skewers then discard marinade. Lightly oil the grill grate, I use olive oil spray. Grill until juices run clear, about 5 minutes on each side (cooking time may vary depending on temperature)

Melt butter in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Saute garlic and jalapeño for 1 minute. Add cumin, paprika, and salt. Stir in tomato sauce and cream. Simmer on medium-low heat until sauce thickens, about 20 minutes. Add grilled chicken, and simmer for 15 minutes. Transfer to a serving dish, garnish with fresh chopped cilantro and serve with steamed white rice or the Basmati rice recipe below and naan.

In a rice cooker put 2 cups rinsed Basmati rice, 3 cups water, 2 cinnamon sticks (broken apart), 8-10 cardamom pods and a pinch of saffron to give it a nice yellow color.


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