Alright, flavour enthusiasts, get ready to embark on a culinary journey with our Chicken Tikka Masala. Imagine tender chicken pieces marinated in a fragrant spice blend, cooked in a rich and creamy tomato-based sauce. It’s a dish that brings the vibrant flavours of Indian cuisine right to your plate.
Healthy Touch: Chicken: A lean source of protein that supports muscle growth. Spices: Packed with antioxidants and potential health benefits.
Fun Facts & Heritage: Chicken Tikka Masala: While its origins are debated, this dish has become a beloved symbol of British Indian cuisine. Spice Blend: The mix of spices adds depth and complexity to the dish, reflecting Indian culinary traditions.
Chicken Tikka Masala
- 1 lb boneless chicken cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon ginger minced
- 2 teaspoons garam masala
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder adjust to taste
- 1 can 14 oz crushed tomatoes
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Fresh cilantro chopped (for garnish)
- Cooked basmati rice for serving
- In a bowl, mix yogurt, half of your minced garlic, half of your minced ginger, half of your spice blend, and a bit of salt and pepper.
- Add chicken pieces to the marinade and let them soak up the flavours for at least 30 minutes.
- In a large pan, heat some oil and sauté chopped onion until it’s golden and fragrant.
- Add the remaining garlic and ginger to the pan and cook for a minute.
- Stir in the rest of your spice blend, along with turmeric, paprika, and chili powder.
- Pour in the crushed tomatoes and let it all simmer into a gorgeous sauce.
- Add marinated chicken pieces to the pan and let them cook through.
- Stir in heavy cream to create that luscious creamy finish.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve your Chicken Tikka Masala over a bed of cooked basmati rice, garnished with chopped cilantro.
Serve with naan bread for a complete Indian meal experience.
Make a double batch and freeze the extra sauce for future meals.
So, spice up your life and dive into a plate of Chicken Tikka Masala. It’s a symphony of flavours that’ll transport you to the bustling streets of India!