Chicken Tikka Masala

Ah, the weekend.

Two days of nothing but relaxation and fun in the sun.  Yea, right.

I can’t recall the last time I had nothing scheduled for the entire weekend.  Most of the time, I have an hour by hour itinerary for Saturday and Sunday before the work week is through.  Ugh.  Although the activities are usually ones I look forward to, it would be nice to have a lazy day set aside for some spontaneity.  You know, some time for a hike to appreciate things like this:

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#nature

If  you are smarter than me and left time for spontaneity this weekend, why not try a new recipe?  This recipe for Chicken Tikka Masala is one that I have made a few times.  It is easy, delicious, and perfect for adding a new chicken dish to your repertoire.  And if you’re feeling really motivated, why not try the recipes for homemade naan and fried cauliflower that I included earlier in the week?  Treat yoself.  That’s an order 🙂

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Chicken Tikka Masala

Adapted from Favorite Family Recipes

MARINADE:
1 cup yogurt
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 Tbsp minced fresh ginger
1 tsp salt
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
4 long skewers
SAUCE:
1 Tbsp butter
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
1 8oz. can tomato sauce
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Combine yogurt, lemon juice, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, black pepper, ginger, and salt in a large bowl.  Add diced chicken, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.  Preheat a grill on high heat.  Thread chicken on skewers and discard the marinade.  Grill for 5 minutes on each side.

Sauce:  Melt butter in a large skillet and add garlic.  Season with cumin, paprika, and salt.    Stir in the cream and tomato sauce.  Allow to simmer until the sauce thickens.  Add chicken and simmer for 10 minutes.  Serve with naan or over rice.

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