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Tikka-nother Look at Indian Food

May 31, 2011

If you or someone you know has apprehensions about eating Indian food, this dish is a perfect introduction. This recipe, which comes to us from the Pioneer Woman web site (and was served to the MHK staff by awesome neighbors), features flavors that are bright and tasty, but not overwhelming. If spicy food is an issue, simply omit the chili peppers. The Garam Masala is essential and can be found in the spice aisle or int’l food aisle at just about any supermarket. Serve it to your guest and don’t even tell them it’s Indian food until after they have finished (and they will finish it). Make sure you serve it with rice to soak up the sauce. Enjoy!

Chicken Tikka Masala

(serves 4-6)

3-4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts

Kosher salt

1 tbsp. ground coriander

1 tbsp. cumin

½ cup plain yogurt

2 tbsp. butter

1 large onion, diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

2-inch chunk fresh ginger, peeled and grated

3 tbsp. Garam Masala

1 can (28 Ounce) diced tomatoes

1 jalapeno or 2 serrano chili peppers, chopped

1 tbsp. sugar

1-½ cups heavy cream

¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Heat broiler. Season chicken breasts with kosher salt, coriander, and cumin. Then coat the chicken breasts completely with the plain yogurt. Set the chicken on a metal cooling rack over a foil-lined baking sheet and place it about 10-12 inches below a broiler for 5-7 minutes per side. Watch carefully so as not to totally char the chicken. It should have slightly blackened edges. Remove from oven, check for doneness. In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Sauté onions until they are slightly browned. Add the garlic and ginger, along with 1 tablespoon of salt. Add the Garam Masala, hot peppers, and diced tomatoes. Continue cooking and stirring, scraping the bottom of the pan to deglaze it. Add 1 tablespoon sugar. Simmer on medium for about 5 minutes. Add heavy cream, stir. Chop chicken into chunks and stir them into the sauce; add the cilantro and stir until chicken is heated through. Serve over rice. Eat!

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