Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Chicken Tikka Masala recipe

I am so excited to share this awesome recipe with you. We love flavor, it keeps food exciting, fresh and  fun!  One of our favorite ethnic foods is savor is Indian food.  The combination of flavors and variety of simple ingredients make it a breeze to make and deliscious to enjoy.

I found this recipe on Pinterest and just had to share.

Chicken Tikka:
1 cup plain yogurt
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp cumin
1/4-1 tsp cayenne (depending on how spicy you like it)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt

6-8 chicken thighs (skin on, bone-in)

Stir all ingredients except chicken into the bottom of a large plastic container. Add the chicken and coat the chicken completely with the marinade, cover and place in the fridge for at least an hour or overnight.

1 can 28 oz. diced tomatoes
1 can 5.5 oz tomato paste
2 inches fresh ginger, grated (store your ginger in the freezer and it will be super easy to grate)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 onion, diced
1 tbsp garam masala
1 tbsp tikka paste (could use mild curry paste instead, but then also add about a tbsp of lemon juice)
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp dried coriander
1 cup cream
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped

Step 1: Marinade the chicken in the yogurt and spice blend.  (I did not do it overnight but let it sit for about 10 minutes while I prepared the onions and other ingredients.

Step 2: Line a pyrex or baking sheet with foil and place the chicken on it.  Place it in the oven on broil for 10 minutes each side.  I have never broiled chicken before and was a wee bit scared, but it worked out just fine, so have no fear!

Step 3:Brown the onions in a bit of olive oil and add the fresh garlic and ginger as well.  

Step 4: Place the cooked onions in the crockpot and add the remaining ingredients.  Diced tomatoes, tomato paste etc.

Step 5: Add the chicken and stir around.

Step 6: Set the crockpot on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.  

Step 7: Before you serve add the cream and fresh cilantro.  I did not add that much cream since we are not really "cream" people.  I probably added 1/4- 1/2 cup to the entire dish and seasoned with some salt.

Step 8: Serve with Rice or Whole wheat Naan.  

This dish was really delicious. For my Vegan friends out there I am sure you could substitute tofu for the chicken.  I am sure glad there are some leftovers for tonight :)


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