Main Dish | January 25, 2011

Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala on plate with green garnish and halved limes to the side
I did not grow up on anything outside of good ol’ american food. I mean really, while my mom is an excellent cook and isn’t pick much at all…she married a husband who is and who suffered from loooooooots of heart burn. So she didn’t ever put onion, or peppers in much of her food. She raised kids to appreciate all food, and all veggies- so as we have gotten older all of us have not been afraid to go outside our “comfort food” type meals and eat ethnic, or spicy, or “funny looking…”  I think my favorite is Thai food. Although, my husband and I love a great Indian place too. This is a recipe that I have no idea where it came from but we love.
I feel I have to add- you really must add the cilantro and lime to the dish. It add the perfect finishing touch.
also, if you have a great garlic naan bread recipe. make it. then your meal reaaalllly will be perfecto.
Chicken Tikka Masala on plate with green garnish and halved limes to the side
Chicken Tikka Masala on plate with green garnish and halved limes to the side
Chicken Tikka Masala on plate with green garnish and halved limes to the side

Combine all marinade ingredients except chicken. Pour sauce over chicken and refrigerate for at least an hour and up to 8 hours.

Grill or cook chicken in frying pan (be sure to get a lot, but not all, of the marinade off the chicken before cooking). Discard marinade.

chicken on grill

If you leave too much sauce on the chicken, it can burn when you grill… I just cut it off, but if you like that burn flavor feel free to leave it on. I feel it gives it enough of a smokey taste without it : )

Grilled chicken on cutting board

Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat. Sauté garlic and jalapeño for one minute. Add cumin, paprika and salt.

spices in pan

Stir in tomato sauce and cream. Simmer on low heat until sauce thickens, about 20 minutes. Add grilled chicken and simmer for 10 minutes. Garnish with fresh cilantro. Serve over hot rice.

Tikka suace in pan

5 from 1 vote
Chicken Tikka Masala
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Marinade Chicken
8 hrs
Total Time
55 mins
 

Pair with a great garlic naan bread recipe and you've got yourself a little treasure. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: chicken tikka masala
Calories: 981 kcal
Author: Desarae
Ingredients
Marinade
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
Tikka Masala Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup cream
toppings
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 limes sliced
Instructions
  1. Combine all marinade ingredients except chicken.
  2. Pour sauce over chicken and refrigerate for at least an hour and up to 8 hours.
  3. Grill or cook chicken in frying pan (be sure to get a lot, but not all, of the marinade off the chicken before cooking). Discard marinade.
  4. Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat. Saute garlic and jalapeno for one minute. Add cumin, paprika and salt.
  5. Stir in tomato sauce and cream. Simmer on low heat until sauce thickens, about 20 minutes.
  6. Add grilled chicken and simmer for 10 minutes.
  7. Garnish with fresh cilantro, and sliced limesServe over hot rice.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Tikka Masala
Amount Per Serving (1 c)
Calories 981 Calories from Fat 3006
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 334g 514%
Saturated Fat 122g 610%
Cholesterol 4373mg 1458%
Sodium 7002mg 292%
Potassium 25614mg 732%
Total Carbohydrates 45g 15%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 15g
Protein 1489g 2978%
Vitamin A 114.7%
Vitamin C 80.2%
Calcium 85.9%
Iron 242.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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