September 1, 2012

Kind of Like Chicken Tikka Masala

And, Andrew liked it.  Oh he says he hates Indian food...he just hates onions.  If I cook Indian based dishes without the onions, he never seems to have a problem gobbling them down!  This was my take on another lady's take of Chicken Tikka Masala.  It was tasty and I will make it again in the future!

Kind-of Like Chicken Tikka Masala

Marinade and meat
1 lb chicken breast
1/2 c yogurt
1 minced garlic clove
1/2 T grated fresh ginger
1 T lemon juice
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cayenne powder
1/8 tsp tumeric
salt and pepper

Combine above ingredients except for the chicken.  Pour over the chicken and marinade for a day or two.  Ours probably sat in the fridge for almost 3 days...oh well, turned out fine!

Wipe most of the marinade off of the breast and broil on a cookie sheet for 10-15 minutes until cooked through and browning a bit.  The time will depend on your breasts...ours are huge ;)

Let them cool a bit and then dice.  Set aside while you make the sauce below.

1 T olive oil
1 minced garlic clove
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 T garam masala
3/4 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp paprika
pinch of cayenne powder
1 tsp salt
2 cans diced tomatoes, mostly drained
1 tsp or so of honey
1 pkg cream cheese

In large cast iron skillet or stock pot, heat oil and add in the garlic and ginger.  Cook for a couple of minutes on low.  Add the spices, stir, and heat for about 1 minute.  Add the tomatoes and honey and let simmer for about 10 minutes.  I pureed the sauce with our stick blender.  Then, melt in the cream cheese and let simmer about another 10 minutes. 

Serve over quinoa or rice.

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