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    Easy Chicken Tikka Masala

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    lildebbie77's Note:

    This is a classic dish, with wonderful flavor. If you don't have the whole spices, you can easily substitute ground/dried - 1 Tbsp whole = 1 tsp ground/dried. Lovely served over rice (we always use basmati) and served with flat bread. I like to measure everything and cut up the chicken before I get started. Even better - it's a 1 pot meal! For step by step instructions with pictures, see:

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    Serves: 4-6



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    1. 1
      Make your spice blend: Put the cardamom seeds, peppercorns, coriander seeds, cumin and pepper flakes in a spice grinder and -- grind.
    2. 2
      Melt 2 Tbsp butter in a large skillet. Saute onions until they begin to caramelize.
    3. 3
      Add garlic and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
    4. 4
      Add your spice blend, ginger, garam masala (if using) and paprika.
    5. 5
      Stir everything together until it's well combined and let it all mix together in the skillet for a few minutes.
    6. 6
      Add tomatoes and water and stir everything together. Turn your heat down and simmer for about 10-15 minutes - it will thicken up a little and reduce.
    7. 7
      Whisk the yogurt into the sauce, then add the remaining 2 Tbsp of butter and the half and half, and whisk everything together.
    8. 8
      When the sauce is simmering again, add the chicken pieces and let it simmer until they are completely cooked.(about 10 minutes).
    9. 9
      Serve over rice, hopefully with some kind of bread to sop up all the sauce.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 29, 2010


      Since i do not mix meat and dairy I used soy yogurt and soy half-and-half cream. I also used the option of ground spices, thank you for mentioning the substitution amount. When done I found that it was a bit lacking in salt and added 3/4 teaspoon which lifted the taste. Thank you for a good tikka masala recipe!

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    • on November 05, 2009


      Lildebbie, I'm glad to see more tikka masala recipes turning up where the meat is cooked in the sauce: there has been a misunderstanding that "tikka masala" requires grilled meats. Actually, depending on where you travel in India, you will more typically find tikka ('bite-sized") meats cooked in the sauce, casserole style. This recipe is quite typical, and I'm happy I tried it!

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    Nutritional Facts for Easy Chicken Tikka Masala

    Serving Size: 1 (243 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 487.0
    Calories from Fat 279
    Total Fat 31.0 g
    Saturated Fat 14.7 g
    Cholesterol 129.9 mg
    Sodium 417.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 24.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 7.0 g
    Sugars 7.3 g
    Protein 31.6 g

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