Sunday, June 8, 2008

Chicken Tikka Masala

(by Jeff)

A while ago, we mentioned that we enjoy making Indian food. We included a recipe for naan that we really like, and we said that the next time we made our favorite Indian dish--chicken tikka masala--we would take a picture of it and post the recipe. Here it is, as promised:

Chicken Tikka Masala

(from, with a few modifications by us)


Yogurt 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
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (for garnish)
  1. In a large bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, black pepper, ginger, and 4 teaspoons salt. Stir in chicken, cover, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  2. Remove chicken from marinade. Cook in a frying pan until juices run clear.
  3. Melt butter in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Saute garlic and jalapeno for 1 minute. Season with cumin, paprika, and 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.


bethy said...

YUM! Can we have that when we come to visit? Just Kidding! (Although we definitly wouldn't say no if it was offered.) Tim has mixed feelings about starting at the firm. He will miss the great work hours and the awesome people. But he's anxious to start paying off debts. The clerkship has been great for our family. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Anna said...

Oh my gosh that sounds so good!!! I can't wait to try it. Thanks for the recipe guys!

Mike said...

Heys guys,
We tried it, great suggestion but you guys are more patient than we are, it took a long time to complete. Thanks for the good advice!