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Chicken Tikka Masala

This is one of my favorite recipes, one I come back to time and time again when I’m in the mood for Indian food – which is always!

Chicken Tikka Masala

Recipe from Allrecipes.com

Ingredients

  • 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
  • 4 teaspoons salt, or to taste
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 4 long skewers

Directions

Prep: 30 minutes

Cook: 50  minutes

  1. 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.
  2. Preheat a grill for high heat.
  3. Lightly oil the grill grate. Thread chicken onto skewers, and discard marinade. Grill until juices run clear, about 5 minutes on each side.
  4. 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.

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This dish is absolutely delicious! I serve it with basmati rice, as it really brings out the flavor of the tikka masala. If you like Indian food, you’ll LOVE this! It is a bit spicy with the jalapeno (depending on how spicy it is) and the cayenne pepper. If you want to cut down on or eliminate the cayenne pepper, this would be a more mild dish.

I hope you enjoy!

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