Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Chicken Tikka Masala

1 Cup Greek Yogurt, non-fat is fine
2 T Ground Cumin
1 t Ground Cinnamon
2 t Cayenne Pepper
2 t Black Pepper
1 T Ginger, Minced -available in a tube with the fresh herbs at Safeway
1 t salt
3 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts cut into Bite-size

In a large bowl combine yogurt, lemon juice, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, black pepper, ginger & salt. Add chicken and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour or more.

Broil marinated chicken for 10 minutes turning once. Set aside.

1 T Butter
1 Garlic Clove, Minced
1 Jalapeno Pepper, Minced
1/2 t Cumin
1 T Garam Masala
2 t Paprika
1 t salt or to taste
1 8 ounce can Tomato Sauce
1 C Cream, Half & Half, or Greek Yogurt
1/4 C Cilantro, chopped

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute garlic and jalapeno for 1 minute. Season with cumin, paprika and salt. Stir in tomato, half of the cilantro and cream. Simmer on low until sauce thickens, about 20 minutes. Add chicken and simmer another 10 minutes. Garnish with remaining cilantro. Serves 4.

Serve with rice and Steamed Vegetables.

Background: I first tasted this homemade version while traveling to New Jersey with my friend Susan. We were staying with her friend Barbara and were so excited to know she was making us one of our favorite Indian dishes for dinner. Barbara graciously shared her recipe, we both loved it and couldn't wait to get home and make it! And now we do, often! xo

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