Chicken Tikka Masala

One of our family’s favorite menu item to order when going to an Indian Restaurant is Chicken Tikka Masala.  I have tried numerous recipes to duplicate the robust taste of a good Tikka Masala recipe to no avail until today!!  This recipe is definitely a 5 star in our book and I’ll be making it many more times to come.

Chicken Tikka Masala

Ingredients:

1 1Lbs. Organic Chicken Breast, chopped into bite size pieces

Marinade:

1 C. Plain Yogurt

2 T. Lemon Juice

2 tsp. Cumin

2 tsp. Red Pepper

2 tsp. Black Pepper

1 tsp. Cinnamon

1 tsp. Salt

1 tsp. Ground Ginger

Sauce:

1/4 C. Cilantro (for garnish)

1 T. Unsalted Butter

2 Cloves Garlic, minced

1 Jalapeño, minced

2 tsp. Ground Coriander

1 heaping tsp. Cumin

1 tsp. Paprika

1 heaping tsp. Garam Masala1

1⁄tsp. Salt

2 cans(15oz) Tomato Sauce

1-2 C. Heavy Whipping Cream (must be heavy)

Directions:

For the Marinade:

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Cut chicken in 1″ cubes.  I like cutting my chicken in half lengthwise and then cutting against the grain of the chicken.  Also, my chicken was partially frozen, which makes it easier to cut.

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Combine the 1 C. yogurt, juice from 1 lemon (about 2 T), cinnamon, ground ginger, cumin, red pepper, salt and pepper in a zip lock bag and add chicken.  Let marinade in refrigerator for at least 2 hours or I let mine marinade for all day.

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Remove chicken from marinade and discard leftover marinade.  Put marinated chicken on skewers and grill or if you’re in a pinch, you can do it in a pan on the stove, but grilling is the preferred method.

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Cook until nice and brown.  Set aside.

For the Sauce:

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Mince Jalapeño and garlic, also lightly chop some cilantro for the garnish

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Sauté Jalapeño and garlic in pan on medium high for 2 min. or until fragrant.  Add coriander, cumin, paprika, garam masala, and salt.  Now we need to bloom those spices, which means we need to cook them for a couple of minutes until they are fragrant, but be careful not to let them burn and stir, stir, stir. This is key to any Indian dish.

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Stir in tomato sauce and cook until thickened–about 15 min

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Remove cooled chicken of skewers and place in tomato sauce and add 2 C. milk.  Serve with jasmine rice and garnish with cilantro and don’t forget your veggies :).

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