Tikka Masala

November 08, 2016 By: Comments
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35-45 minutes
20 minutes
This popular Indian dish uses chunks (tikka) of chicken in a sauce with a blend of spices (masala) and is usually served over rice. Excellent re-heated the next day after the flavors have had a chance to blend. Other vegetables such as carrots or peas or green beans are sometimes added to the sauce.


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  1. Brown the chicken in the canola oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the cumin, fennel, cardamom, and cilantro. After 10 minutes, turn the chicken over and add red pepper; cook for another 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the tomato paste, hot sauce, and turmeric, and season generously with garlic powder; add a pinch of cinnamon. Gently stir in the yogurt and turn heat to low.
  3. Simmer over low heat for another 15 minutes while you cook the rice; when the rice is nearly done, stir the half & half into the sauce and remove from heat.
  4. For the rice, melt butter in a saucepan, add the rice and salt and garlic. Simmer over medium heat a couple minutes till the rice turns a light golden color, then add the chicken broth and cover tightly with a lid. Turn heat to low and cook for 15 minutes.
  5. To serve, dish up the rice, top with hot chicken and sauce, and squeeze fresh lime juice over the top. This can also be assembled into a baking dish with the rice on the bottom and chicken and sauce on top, then warmed in the oven just till hot and bubbly.