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Chicken Meatball Tikka Masala

Chicken Meatball Tikka Masala created by Jonathan Melendez watch icons / play

This can easily be an appetizer or main dish served with basmati rice and garlic naan.

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40mins
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  • In a large bowl, combine the chicken, egg, bread crumbs, tomato paste, salt, pepper, garam masala, and 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro until well incorporated. Shape into meatballs about the size of a golf ball. Set a large skillet with high sides over medium-high heat with the ghee. Once hot, sear the meatballs in batches, for about 8 minutes, turning over halfway. Transfer to a plate and continue browning the rest of the meatballs. You don't need them to be fully cooked, just brown in color. They'll continue to cook later on.
  • Add the remaining tablespoon ghee or oil to the same skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add in the onion, garlic, and peppers and cook until softened, about 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the ginger, spices, and tomato paste. Stir and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes, or until the tomato paste has darkened. Stir in the canned tomatoes. Bring to a simmer and stir in heavy cream and 3/4 cup cilantro.
  • Place the meatballs into the sauce, lower the flame and simmer until the sauce has reduced slightly and thickened and the meatballs have fully cooked through, about 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves. Serve the masala with cooked basmati rice and naan.
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  1. hippychick
    made these for a potluck and they were a HIT...everyone raved how amazing they were....thank you for sharing
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  2. Lillian B.
    Serious winner!! The leftovers are even better. My only tweak - doubling the sauce!!
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  3. santa fe miguel
    Most excellent!! I am a lazy cook and was not daunted by the # of ingredients as most of them are spices. Followed recipe except had no garam masala and used jarred chopped ginger. Wife & I agree it was the best dish I've made. Thank you Jonathan
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  4. zachary H.
    Looks great! From the comments this recipe is not for lazy cooks! Add a new seasoning, vegetable, Etc. to grocery list for an alternative cooking experience.
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  5. ksbappa
    This looks like it would taste wonderful, but has way too many ingredients! I will pass on this one.
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