Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken pieces tossed with spices, grilled and then simmered in a creamy  and velvety sauce.   I have created a healthier version of this recipe which is  even more delicious than the cream laden chicken tikka masala available in restaurants. Try it yourself!

Time: 60 minutes

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Serves: 4

Chicken Tikka Masala
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Ingredients

  1. 5-6 chicken thighs cut into bite size pieces
  2. 1 teaspoon freshly ground garlic (for tikka)
  3. 4 garlic cloves, chopped (for gravy)
  4. 1 teaspoon freshly ground ginger (for tikka)
  5. 2 teaspoons chopped ginger (for gravy)
  6. 2 tablespoons greek yogurt
  7. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  8. 3 tablespoons oil
  9. 1/2 cup whole milk
  10. 1 large onion, sliced
  11. 2 large tomatoes, chopped
  12. 2 teaspoons kashmiri red chilli powder
  13. 1 teaspoon garam masala
  14. Salt to taste

Method

  1. Combine greek yogurt, lemon juice, garam masala, kashmiri chilli powder and salt in a large bowl to prepare the marinade for chicken tikka. Mix well and add the chicken pieces. Mix well again so that all the chicken pieces get evenly coated with the marinade. Cover the bowl and keep it in the refrigerator for 45 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a deep non-stick pan. Add the sliced onions and garlic. Sauté for 3-4 minutes (while stirring continuously) or till the onions turn golden brown in colour. Then add the tomatoes, ginger, salt and kashmiri red chilli powder. Keep sautéing until the moisture gets evaporated and oil starts oozing on the sides of the masala paste. Add whole milk and continue sautéing until it becomes a thick masala paste. Turn off the heat and let it cool.
  3. Once cooled, transfer the masala paste into a blender along with 1 cup of water and blend it till smooth.Transfer this paste to the same pan, add another cup of water and let it boil. When the water starts boiling, cover the pan, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Pre-heat the oven to 200oC. Skewer the chicken pieces, place the chicken skewers on a baking tray and brush with oil. Place the baking tray on the top shelf of the oven and cook for 8 minutes. Turn the skewers over, brush with oil and return to the top shelf of the oven for another 7 minutes.
  5. When the chicken skewers are cooked, reheat the sauce and add the chicken tikka. Simmer the chicken tikka in the sauce for 2 minutes.
  6. Serve hot with roti or naan bread.

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