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Chicken Tikka Masala

by Shawni
2012-10-10 cooking 61971This is another one from my sis-in-law Julie (who is just about to have her first baby…hooray!)

Being an Indian food fan (we’ve had to do “India Night” a couple times for “International Nights” cause I like it so much…), I was head-over-heels with this stuff.


1 cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 tsp. black pepper
1 Tbs. minced fresh ginger (or ground ginger: 2 tsp.)
1 tsp. salt
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Combine all marinade ingredients, then pour over chicken and marinate for at least an hour.2012-10-10 cooking 61959

Grill or cook chicken and discard marinade.
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Then use these ingredients for the sauce:

1 Tbs. butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
2 tsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. salt
1 8-oz can tomato sauce
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 c. chopped cilantro

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.  Saute garlic and jalapeno for one minute.  If you would like, have the extra children over at your house during dinner-prep-time have a jalapeno-eating-contest while you work…makes cooking fun 🙂2012-10-10 cooking 61964
Season with the cumin, paprika and salt.

Stir in tomato sauce and cream.  (Julie sometimes uses more tomato and less cream…)

Simmer on low until sauce thickens (about 20 minutes).
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Then add the grilled chicken into the mix and simmer for 10 more minutes.

Garnish with fresh cilantro and a little plain yogurt or sour cream.

Serve over hot rice.
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Oh man oh man I need to make this again soon…

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Heather W December 6, 2012 - 4:42 pm

I LOVE Indian food, and Chicken Tikka Masala is one of my FAVORITES!!! I will definitely be making this! Thanks!

Post-it Note December 6, 2012 - 5:00 pm

Awesome! I put this right into my food rotation from Pinterest for this month but was wondering about it and tada! I'm excited about now for sure.

Emily December 6, 2012 - 5:27 pm

This sounds SO good! Our favorite is Slow Cooker Butter Chicken. It is honestly the best thing I have ever tasted outside of food from an Indian restaurant!


Susan R December 6, 2012 - 6:18 pm

Is the bread you served with it Roti/Chapati, or it it a tortilla? The whole meal looks delightful. Do you think you can substitute something else for the cream? I wish I could eat it, but even a little bit doesn't agree with me. I can drink whole milk, maybe that will work?

Joylynn December 6, 2012 - 10:18 pm

This is one of my favorite dishes. Can't wait to try this version!

For Susan R: I sometimes substitute canned coconut milk in place of cream in recipes like thisand it seems to work fine.

Sarah January 24, 2013 - 9:30 pm

We are being adventurous and trying this tonight. Wish us luck!

Mom of 7 February 11, 2016 - 7:07 pm

We are making this tonight….We can't wait. It smells so yummy!!

Steph April 23, 2017 - 7:06 pm

My Mil made this and it was delicious! A great version of the recipe! Yum


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