Chicken Tikka Masala

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Chicken Tikka Masala

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 33 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4

Ingredients

Marinade

  • 1 pound chicken boneless breast cubed
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons yogurt plain
  • 1 small lemon juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garam Masala Indian spice found at supermarket
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt

Masala

  • 1 can diced tomatoes 14.5 oz.
  • 2-3 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 large white onion diced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2-4 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Garam Masala divided
  • Salt to taste
  • cilantro garnish

Instructions

Marinade

  • Combine marinade ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

Masala

  • In a large sauté pan, heat oil and butter over medium heat (the oil raises the burning temperature of the butter) and add the diced onion, salt, cinnamon stick and 1 teaspoon garam masala.
  • Cook until onion is translucent and lightly browned, and spices are fragrant.
  • Add garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add 1 more teaspoon garam masala, tomatoes, and tomato paste. Cook until sauce has thickened and reduced slightly.
  • Take marinated cubed chicken out of the fridge and add it to the sauce. Cook until the outsides are no longer pink and chicken is almost cooked through.
  • Pour in remaining garam masal, brown sugar, and enough water that chicken is completely covered.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 30 minutes. Chicken should be cooked through and very tender. Remove cinnamon stick.
  • Turning heat down to low, simmer the mixture and add in heavy cream. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.
  • Serve with white rice and garnish with fresh Cilantro.

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