Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Chicken Tikka Masala

A bunch of ladies in my neighborhood got together and made a cookbook of our favorite recipes and I was so excited to try some of them out! This one in particular. I've heard so many good things about masala and this dish lived up to my expectations. I made it a little a lot too spicy, but I like some kick to my food. But don't let the spicy-ness scare you...its EASY to tame that!

Chicken Tikka Masala
PREP: 2 hours           COOK: 30 minutes            READY IN: 2 hours 30 minutes

  SIMPLE         HEALTHY      YUM
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  • 3-6 chicken breasts, cut into bite-size cubes
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (or any other red pepper will do)
  • 2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 jalapeño, chopped 
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala (optional) 
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (15oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1-2 cup evaporated milk


  1. Cut chicken into bite-size cubes and place in marinade dish. 
  2. Mix black pepper, cayenne pepper, cumin, cinnamon, salt and ginger together in a small dish. Sprinkle over chicken. 
  3. Add yogurt and lemon juice to marinade dish. Let marinade for 1-2 hours or overnight. 
  4. After chicken has marinated a bit, cook chicken in a skillet and set aside. 
  5. In a separate skillet, melt butter. Add in chopped jalapeño and saute for 1 minute. 
  6. Add in garlic, coriander, garam masala, cumin, paprika, and salt. Mix together well. 
  7. Add in tomato sauce. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes on a simmer until it begins to thicken. 
  8. Add chicken. 
  9. Add in evaporated milk, 1/2 cup at a time, until you get the desired heat. 
  10. Garnish with cilantro and serve over brown rice and quinoa mixture. 


   1 serving   335 calories  13g fat  19g carbs   36g protein   12g sugar   


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