Wednesday 7 September 2016

Chicken Tikka Masala

My new go to healthy option is Tikka Masala. I've shared a vegetable masala before, but today we're cooking chicken, It's healthy and delicious, and everyone loves it. So grab your apron, and get ready to be the hero in your home tonight. The bonus is, it's really easy to make. Remember the chicken needs at lest a half an hour to marinate, so do that before you go to the office this morning, or allow extra time later.

500g skinless boneless chicken pieces - thighs or breasts
1 cup extra thick yoghurt
1 T fresh ginger, grated, 3 cloves of garlic, minced

Mix the ingredients and add chicken and marinate for at least 30 minutes

3 t butter
2 t olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 ginger, peeled and minced
1 red chilli, minced (optional)
2 T tomato paste
2 t paprika
1 t garam masala
7 roma tomatoes, diced (or 1 tin chopped peeled tomatoes)
2 cups water
125 ml cream (or more yoghurt)
Handful fresh coriander, roughly chopped

Saute garlic, ginger and chilli in butter and oil over medium heat until lightly browned. Add tomato paste and cook for 3 minutes. Add the paprika and garam masala and saute 1 minute. Add tomatoes (and herbs and pepper to taste). Bring to a boil and then allow to simmer for 20 minutes, covered. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.

Cook chicken under grill on a roasting tray - about 5 minutes a side (can be slightly  underdone). Blend sauce until smooth, reheat and add chicken. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Add cream/yoghurt and coriander and serve with a salad.

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