Feb 15
Chicken Tikka Masala2 Comments



Before I met Blair I would have never considered trying any type of Indian dish. The first time that I tried this type of food was at a dive Indian restaurant in Philadelphia which Blair dragged me to. It was full on buffet style. I have always had a thing against buffets, the only exception I can make of course is the Pizza Hut lunch buffet. Don’t judge, just go. Anyway the second time Blair took me to a nicer location in Old City and I fell in love with this particular dish. Every time Blair was down from CT visiting NJ, we would try and make it to Karma in Old City.

Now that we are living together in NJ, we stumbled upon, Inde Blue, the place we went last night for Valentine’s Day. Hands down it is the best Indian place we have ever been to. In an attempt to wow Blair recently, I tried to recreate my favorite Indian dish at home. I was a little nervous knowing that Blair had attempted this particular dish several times before. I found a different recipe then he was using and went to work. I thought the dish was delicious, but it does not even compare to the tikka masala we had last night. I thought the tomato sauce had a bit too much cumin in it. I will definitely be trying out another recipe for this dish until I am satisfied! But for now, this will do just fine!

Chicken Tikka Masala
(Printable Recipe)

What you’ll need:
For the marinade:
1 cup yogurt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
4 long skewers

For the sauce:
1 tablespoon butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoons salt, or to taste
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

What you’ll do:

In a large bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, 2 teaspoons cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, black pepper, ginger, and 4 teaspoons salt. Stir in chicken, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preheat a grill for high heat. Lightly oil the grill grate. Thread chicken onto skewers, and discard marinade. Grill until juices run clear, about 5 minutes on each side. Melt butter in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Saute garlic and jalapeno for 1 minute. Season with 2 teaspoons cumin, paprika, and 3 teaspoons salt. Stir in tomato sauce and cream. Simmer on low heat until sauce thickens, about 20 minutes. Add grilled chicken, and simmer for 10 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter, and garnish with fresh cilantro.

Source: AllRecipes

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2 Responses to Chicken Tikka Masala

  1. alana says:

    That looks really really good and not too time consuming!

  2. Krissy says:

    It is very delicious and easy! Thanks for visiting!

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