Recipe: A Favorite and Easy Chicken Tikka Masala

Both Shanti and Ashok love Chicken Tikka Masala and I was thrilled when I got this recipe which is easy and tastes as good as in restaurants.- MarketPlace President, Pushpika Freitas

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Marinade:

1 cup plain yogurt

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 tbs each: ground cumin, red pepper, black pepper

1 teaspoon each: cinnamon, salt

1 piece ginger root, minced

1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Sauce:

1 teaspoon unsalted butter/veg oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 jalapeno chilli, minced – chili powder will do

2 teaspoons ground coriander

1 tsp each: Ground cumin, paprika, garam masala

1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce

1 cup whipping cream

¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

 

A favorite and easy Chicken Tikka Masala

Combine all marinade ingredients with chicken and refrigerate for at least 1 hour – overnight is better.

Grill on skewers turning occasionally – discard marinade.  Or in winter bake in dish with marinade until cooked thoroughly – about 8 minutes and then broil to brown the chicken a little- another 5 minutes.  All this can be done a day or more before and refrigerated.

Melt butter/oil over medium heat, add garlic, jalapeno cook 1 minute.  Stir in coriander, cumin, paprika, garam masala and salt.  Stir in tomato sauce.  Simmer 15 minutes.  Stir in cream.  Simmer until sauce thickens, about 5 minutes.  Add Salt to taste.

Remove chicken from skewers and add to sauce.  Simmer 5 minutes.  Serve with rice or naan.

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