#FeedingMen | Chicken Tikka Masala

Doesn't this look delicious! When I read the recipe on Jaime Oliver's website  my mouth was watering.   In fact, I was at the market that afternoon to gather the ingredients.    I want to tell you that I roasted my Chicken Tikka Masala over the hot bed of coals I dug out in the backyard.    I think that is well within the realm of possibility that I would do that.

Not this time.   It is summer after all and I need to be with #Halestorm and doing the awesome things that four boys do in the summer.   I had to skip the hot coals version and make some very minor adaptations.    The bottom line is that my family loved this, it is beautiful, it isn't pasta with jarred marinara, this is EXCITING!   You can cook Indian food and love it.   #FeedingMen can be totally thankless, but this was success.   

We had brown rice (hmmm... not so Indian) and garlic naan.   There are some very easy recipes for garlic naan online or found frozen at Trader Joe's, or try the bread recipe paired with this recipe on Jaime Oliver's website. 

Chicken Tikka Masala


1 level teaspoon ground cloves

1 level teaspoon ground cumin

2 heaped teaspoons sweet smoked paprika

2 heaped teaspoons garam masala

3 lemons

6 cloves of garlic

1 thumb-sized piece of ginger

6 heaped tablespoons natural yoghurt

800 g skinless boneless chicken breasts

3 fresh green or yellow chillies

For The Sauce:

2 onions

4 cloves of garlic

1–2 fresh red chillies

30 g fresh coriander

olive oil

1 level tablespoon ground coriander

2 level teaspoons turmeric

6 tablespoons ground almonds

2 x 400 g tins of plum tomatoes

1 chicken stock cube

2 x 400 g tins of light coconut milk

Put the cloves, cumin and 1 heaped teaspoon each of paprika and garam masala into a small pan and toast for 1 minute to bring them back to life, then tip into a large bowl. Finely grate in the zest of 1 lemon, squeeze in all its juice, crush in the garlic, peel and finely grate in the ginger, and add the yoghurt and 1 teaspoon of sea salt. Cut the chicken breasts into 5cm chunks, then massage all that flavour into the meat. Skewer up the chicken chunks, interspersing them with lemon wedges and chunks of green or yellow chilli, but don't squash them together too much. Place on a tray, cover with clingfilm and marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight.

For the sauce, peel the onions and garlic, then finely slice with the red chillies and coriander stalks (reserving the leaves for later). Put it all into a large casserole pan on a medium-high heat with a lug of oil and cook for around 20 minutes, or until golden, stirring regularly. Add the ground coriander, turmeric and remaining 1 heaped teaspoon each of paprika and garam masala. Cook for 2 minutes, then add and toast the almonds. Pour in the tomatoes, crumble in the stock cube and add 300ml of boiling water. Simmer for 5 minutes, then stir in the coconut milk. Simmer for a final 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, then season to perfection.

When you're ready to cook the chicken, drizzle it with a little oil, then grill on a hot barbecue, in a screaming hot griddle pan or under a hot grill, turning until it's very golden and gnarly on all sides. Slice the chicken off the skewers straight into the sauce, reserving the lemons. Simmer for 2 minutes while you use tongs to squeeze some jammy lemons over the curry, to taste. Swirl through some more yoghurt, sprinkle with the coriander leaves, and serve with parathas or fluffy basmati rice.

From Jaime's Comfort Food

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Posted on July 8, 2015 and filed under #FeedingMen.