Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Chicken Tikki Masala

Years ago, Jim and I use to eat in Indian restaurants quite a bit.  There are not many of note around here so it's been years since we've been.  I use to make Tikki Masala every once in a while, but, again, it's been years since I've made it.

If you're wanting to venture into Indian cooking, this is probably the easiest recipe I ever made.  It's a creamy tomato sauce and this one includes peas.  I served it over rice (traditional) and with that grilled cauliflower (see 9-26-14 post).  Since there were just the two of us, I cut the recipe in half and there was still some leftover (P.S. It freezes beautifully.)


2 Tbsp vegetable oil
6 tsp minced garlic
one 1 1/2" piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
1 shallot, minced
1 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp sweet smoked paprika
2 cans (14.5 oz) fire-roasted tomatoes
2/3 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1" cubes
1 bag (10 oz) frozen peas, thawed
3 cups cooked basmati or jasmine rice

In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat.  Add the garlic, ginger, jalapeno, and shallot and cook, stirring often, 3 minutes.  Stir in the spices and cook 30 seconds.  Stir in the tomatoes, scraping up any browned bits.

Transfers the sauce to a blender and puree.  Return sauce to the pan, stir in the cream, season with S&P and bring to a boil.  Add the chicken, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until cooked through, about 15 minutes.  Stir in the peas, simmer 5 minutes.

Divide the rice among bowls and top with the chicken and sauce.

Recipe Source:  EveryDay with Rachel Ray magazine, October 2014, p. 94

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