Chicken Tikka Masala

First of all I’d like to say thanks SO much for everyone who voted for me in the Foodbuzz Project Food Blog. I made it through the first round and now it’s time for Challenge #2. For the second challenge, we are all supposed to tackle an ethnic food that we aren’t familiar with.

A little known fact about Hubby is that he lived in India for three months. A few years ago he had the opportunity to move there for a short term work assignment. He and two friends had a great time traveling the world while I held down the fort back in Ohio.


One of Hubby’s friends got pick-pocketed by a monkey!

Prior to Hubby living in India, neither of us had ever eaten Indian food more than maybe once or twice. But after his three month trip, he hooked! His new love of Indian food meant we had it in the house more often. Then I started to fall in love with Indian food as well. We have always just relied on restaurants to provide our Indian food fix (btw, we have tried quite a few places since moving to Boston and have found two favorites in the area).

As you may remember, I did challenge myself to make Indian food during my 30-by-30 and when this challenge was posted, I just knew I had to tackle Indian food. Hubby’s all time favorite Indian meal is Chicken Tikka Masala. He always gets it when we eat Indian (I always get chicken tikka saag).

I obviously don’t have a tandoori oven to cook the chicken in, but I made do with the oven I do have. The one main ingredient that we didn’t have in the house was Garam Masala. When you smell this spice, it takes you straight to India (that’s what Hubby always says at least). We are fortunate enough to live near a small Indian convenience shop. We stopped in for the first time ever and enjoyed the sights and smells that hit us at the door.

This dish turned out amazingly. It does require a bit of work, but it’s worth it in the end! If you haven’t tried Indian food at home, this is a great place to start. Of course, it’s great served with homemade Garlic Naan!

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Chicken Tikka Masala

Yield: 6

Ingredients:

4 chicken breasts
Kosher Salt
Ground coriander
Cumin
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
6 Tbsp butter
1 whole large onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 piece (approximately 2 Inches) fresh ginger, peeled and minced
3 Tbsp Garam Masala
Chili peppers (optional)
1 can (28 Ounce) diced tomatoes
1 Tbsp sugar
1 1/2 cup heavy cream
2 cups Basmati rice

Fresh cilantro
Turmeric
Frozen peas

Directions:

Season the chicken with kosher salt. Sprinkle both sides with coriander and cumin. Cover the chicken completely with the yogurt.

Place a metal cooling rack over a foil lined baking sheet. Place chicken on the cooling rack. Place the baking sheet about 10 inches below a broiler for 5-7 minutes per side. Be sure to watch the chicken so it doesn't burn - it should be slightly blackened on the edges.

Remove the chicken from the oven.

In a large skillet melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Toss in the onions and saute until they are slightly browned. Add the garlic and ginger to the onions and 1 Tbsp of salt.

Add the garam masala to the onions. If you want some heat, add hot chili peppers. Then add the can of diced tomatoes. Continue to cook, scraping the bottom of the pan to deglaze it. Add the sugar and let simmer on medium for a few minutes.

Cook the Basmati rice in a rice cooker with 4 Tbsp butter, 1 tsp salt, 1 tbsp Tumeric, and 4 cups of water.

After the Tikka Masala sauce has had a chance to simmer for a little bit, add in the heavy cream.

Chop the chicken breasts into chunks and stir them into the Tikka Masala sauce. Add a handfull of chopped fresh cilantro. Throw frozen peas into the cooked rice, and stir. The heat of the rice to cook the peas. Serve the rice with the Chicken Tikka Masala over top. Serve with Garlic Naan.

Recipe from The Pioneer Woman

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21 Responses to “Ready. Set. Blog.”

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    theblogisthenewblack — September 19, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Great post! 😉 Love this blog.

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    wackywoman — September 19, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Well, this is the first I’m hearing about it (I am not a food blogger, just a reader). And, I am excited to see more! Looking forward to it.

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    Ashley — September 19, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Good luck Jen, you’ll have my vote! 🙂

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — September 19, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Good luck Jen! It was great to finally meet you and get to know you this weekend. KA definitely inspired me and I plan on looking to your blog for inspiration in my new baking adventures!

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    Seine — September 19, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Aww, good luck with it! Been reading your blog for a while now, and love all the recipes. I do have a question though … when a recipe call for just egg whites (or just egg yolks), what do you do with the other half of the egg that you’re not using?

    I feel wasteful if I throw it away, but I don’t really know what else to do with it. It’d be great to know what you do! Thanks 🙂

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    Jen — September 19, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Seine,

    I try to find a recipe that uses the other part of the egg. If I can’t use it immediately, I store them in the fridge for a couple days. Egg whites are great in omelets!

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    Ashlee — September 20, 2010 at 12:55 am

    Thank you for sharing you life with us. I am loving reading about everyone’s life during this foodbuzz challenge. I posted my FBC blog yesterday. Check it out and let me know what you think.
    Ashlee
    http://ashandlewplus2.com/2010/09/18/project-food-blog-ready-set-blog/

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    Mansi — September 20, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    You’r not alone! I’ma fellow contestant too:) blogging does change life in a good way for a lot of us:) lovely recipes and lovely photos! Good Luck with the contest!

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    Daydreamer Desserts — September 21, 2010 at 2:58 am

    Love your blog… just sent one super sweet vote your way! 🙂

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    jacobskitchen — September 21, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Great post! Your photos are super gorgeous. I voted for you! =)

    Good luck!

    Check out my PFB post: http://www.foodbuzz.com/project_food_blog/challenges/1/view/503

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    Amy Kingman — September 21, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    I voted for you! You are such a dedicated baker/cook and all your stuff is delicious. 🙂

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    tam — September 21, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Great post! Your food looks amazing x x

    P.S You can see my entry here:
    http://www.foodbuzz.com/project_food_blog/challenges/1/view/476

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    Jane Ko — September 22, 2010 at 1:11 am

    I plan on going to Boston in October, do you recommend any restaurants?

    Voted for you and good luck with PFB 🙂

    I would like to invite you to participate in my giveaway
    http://atasteofkoko.blogspot.com/2010/08/mini-pistachio-tea-cakes-40.html

    Here is my entry for PFB http://www.foodbuzz.com/project_food_blog/challenges/1/view/668

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    Debbi Does Dinner Healthy — September 22, 2010 at 1:25 am

    I voted! Your blog rocks, thanks!

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    nutmegnanny — September 22, 2010 at 1:30 am

    Good luck with your adventure and you definitely have my vote 😉

    I’m curious, where in Ohio did you move from? I grew up in Northwest Ohio.

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    Lisa Orgler — September 22, 2010 at 3:00 am

    Great photos always draw me to great sites…yours is one of them! Best wishes to you…and I’m happy to share my vote with you. 🙂

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    Jen — September 22, 2010 at 4:22 am

    nutmegnanny – Hubby and I lived in Cincinnati for 3 years prior to moving to Boston. We loved it there and plan to go back when kids come into the picture.

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    Jen — September 22, 2010 at 4:23 am

    Jane Ko – feel free to email me and we can chat more about what part of town you’ll be in. I can recommend some restaurants for you.

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    Eliana — September 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Yey – awesome post. I have logged in my vote and hope you make it through to the next round.

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    The Cilantropist — September 22, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    I dont know why I have not reading your blog all the time! Love it! Just voted! 🙂

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    ladyyjae — September 24, 2010 at 12:32 am

    hey ya! you have a lovely blog here. Stumble upon your blog through foodbuzz. 🙂 I voted for your blog. hope that helps. Good Lucky !!!! feel free to drop by!!

    have a lovely weekend
    jen @ http://www.passion4food.ca

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