Monday, September 26, 2011

Chicken Tikka Masala

This is a classic dish that is considered best for those who are starting to explore Indian cuisine - and there are many different variations of this dish.  I absolutely loved this dish and the chicken turned out beautifully - it was so tender that my husband thought something was maybe wrong with it!  He's used to me overcooking my chicken I guess :)  

I definitely recommend this for anyone who likes curry, Indian, or even if you are not sure if you like either of those things...this is a great one to try!

 I apologize for these horrible photos but by the time this meal was done I was just ready to sit at the table so I snapped a couple quick photos and didn't have time to get any natural sunlight because it was already dark out.


  1. 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  2. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  3. 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  5. 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  6. 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  7. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  8. 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  9. Salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. 2 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, fat trimmed
  2. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  3. 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  4. 1/4 cup blanched whole almonds
  5. 1 large onion, finely chopped
  6. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  7. 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  8. 1 1/2 tablespoons garam masala
  9. 1 1/2 teaspoons pure chile powder
  10. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  11. One 35-ounce can peeled tomatoes, finely chopped, juices reserved
  12. Pinch of sugar
  13. 1 cup heavy cream

Make the Masala Marinade
In a large glass or stainless steel bowl, combine the yogurt, garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander, cardamom, 
cayenne and turmeric. Season with salt and pepper.  

Prepare the Chicken
Using a sharp knife, make a few shallow slashes in each piece of chicken. Add the chicken to the marinade, turn to coat and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat the broiler and position a rack about 8 inches from the heat. Remove the chicken from the marinade; scrape off as much of the marinade as possible. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and spread the pieces on a baking sheet. Broil the chicken, turning once or twice, until just cooked through and browned in spots, about 12 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and cut it into 2-inch pieces.

Meanwhile, in a small skillet, heat 1 teaspoon of the oil. Add the almonds and cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until golden, about 5 minutes. Transfer the almonds to a plate and let cool completely. In a food processor, pulse the almonds until finely ground.

In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil until shimmering. Add the onion, garlic and ginger and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until tender and golden, about 8 minutes. Add the garam masala, chile powder and cayenne and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes with their juices and the sugar and season with salt and pepper. Cover partially and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is slightly thickened, about 20 minutes. Add the cream and ground almonds and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 10 minutes longer. Stir in the chicken; simmer gently for 10 minutes, stirring frequently, and serve.  SERVE WITH steamed rice.

Source: Food & Wine

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