If you’re familiar with only one Indian dish, I bet it’s chicken tikka masala. It’s a popular tomato-based spicy curry with chunks of chicken in it. It’s, in a word, delicious. There was a point where I was making it nearly every night for dinner. Don’t blame me if you’re suddenly eating tikka for dinner nine nights in a row. You’ve been warned. This stuff is highly addicting.
Recipes usually call for grilling the chicken, but I skip that step in my own version. I ain’t got time for that. You can grill it if you like, or using the broiler is good, too. I cook the chicken on the stove and season it with salt and garlic. I promise your friends won’t complain either way.
I recommend keeping some of this basic tomato sauce on hand, and you can throw this recipe together in about 20 minutes. Another tip is to make a huge batch of the spice mixture ahead of time and keep it in a mason jar labeled “chicken tikka masala spice mix” or something to the effect. It’ll save you some time and keep your kitchen counter from getting cluttered with all the different spices. Use three tablespoons of the spice mix and you’ll be set.
Serve this with some cauliflower rice and maybe a paleo methi roti or two on the side. Oh, and then call me over for dinner!
- 1 lb chicken tenders, chopped
- 4 cups basic tomato sauce
- 1 tbs curry powder
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp dried fenugreek leaves
- 1/2 cayenne pepper*
- 1/2 tsp ginger powder
- 2 oz cream cheese (dairy free alternative: use 2 oz cashew cream or canned coconut milk)
- Fresh cilantro, for garnish
- Cook chicken tenders.
- In a saucepan, simmer red sauce with combined spices over low height for 10 minutes.
- Transfer red sauce to a blender and add cream cheese. Blend on high for 30 seconds - 1 minute until smooth.
- Pour back into saucepan and add chopped chicken to sauce. Adjust seasoning if necessary. Let simmer for 5 minutes.
- Garnish with fresh minced cilantro.
- *1/2 tsp cayenne pepper will give the curry a medium heat level. Add more or less depending on your tolerance for heat.
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