I made this last night from my cookbook “The Family Table” Now available for iPad!
Chicken Tikka Masala
I knew the moment I took a bite of this classic dish at Vama in London, I’d have to find a way to recreate it.
For the chicken and marinade:
2 ½ lbs. skinless, boneless Chicken Thighs
1 cup plain Yogurt
2 cloves Garlic (minced)
1 tablespoon finely grated Ginger
1 ½ teaspoons ground Cumin
1 ½ teaspoons ground Coriander
¼ teaspoon ground Cardamom
¼ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
In a large non-reactive (glass or ceramic) dish, combine everything above.
Add the chicken to the marinade, and coat well. Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight if you can, or for at least an hour.
After the chicken is finished marinating, remove it and scrape off as much of the yogurt mixture as possible. Preheat your outdoor grill or oven broiler. Grill the chicken for 2-3 minutes on each side. No need to cook the chicken through, it will finish cooking in the sauce. Set aside and start the sauce.
For the sauce:
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
1 large Onion (finely chopped)
2 cloves Garlic (minced)
1 tablespoon grated fresh Ginger
2 ½ tablespoons Garam Masala
1 tablespoon ground Cumin
1 tablespoon ground Coriander
1 tablespoon ground Cardamom
2 teaspoons Cayenne Pepper
¼ cup Almond Flour
(adjust the spices to your liking, we like aromatic but not blow your head off spicy)
1 tablespoon Butter
5 cups canned, crushed Tomatoes
1 tablespoon Sugar
1 ½ cup Heavy Cream
In a large pot or dutch oven, heat the oil over medium high and sauté the onion, garlic and ginger until soft. Add the spices and almond flour and butter, cook for about 1 minute.
Add the tomatoes, sugar and chicken. Cover and lower the heat to a simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes or until the sauce is slightly thickened. Stir in the cream and continue to simmer until thick.
Serve with naan bread and basmati rice.
P.S. Does any one have a proper Naan recipe?
P.P.S. I had quite a bit of sauce left so, I froze it for next week!
5 thoughts on “Chicken Tikka Masala”
I have a naan recipe for you =) http://whitegirllovesindianfood.wordpress.com/2013/02/21/lets-talk-about-naan/
Excellent! Thanks ever so!
That looks so yummy! Adding that to my meal plan for next week. Maybe if I’m brave I’ll try the naan as well.
Wanted to let you know that I made this for dinner this week with the naan- my husband says its one of the best meals I’ve ever made. A winner for sure!
Really? That’s so great! Thanks for coming back and letting me know! Cheers!