Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe
Makes 4 servings
1 cup plain yogurt
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons each: ground cumin, freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon each: cinnamon, salt
1 piece (1/2 inch long) ginger root, minced
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless, chicken breasts or thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno chili, minced with seeds
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon each: ground cumin, paprika, garam masala
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
For marinade, combine yogurt, lemon juice, cumin, red pepper, black pepper, cinnamon, salt, and ginger in medium bowl or food-safe plastic bag. Stir in chicken; marinate in refrigerator for 1 hour.
For sauce, heat canola oil in large, deep skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and jalapeno; cook 1 minute. Stir in coriander, cumin, paprika, garam masala, and salt. Stir in tomato sauce. Simmer uncovered for 15 minutes and stir frequently. Stir in cream; simmer until sauce thickens, about 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat grill to medium-high (or heat broiler). Remove chicken from refrigerator. Grill or broil chicken, turning occasionally, until cooked through, about 8 minutes. Add chicken to sauce and simmer for 5 minutes. Garnish with cilantro.
Red Quinoa Recipe
Makes 2 cups
1 cups red quinoa
2 cups water
Rinse quinoa several times in water. Put quinoa in a medium pot and add water. Bring water to a boil and turn down to low. Simmer the quinoa covered for 20 minutes.
Make sure to rinse the quinoa well before you cook it and take out any little stones if you see any. When the quinoa is done cooking, you should see the little white tails come out. It is one of my favorite grains.
I love all the different spices used in this dish. It makes the dish so complex but the flavors marry incredibly well together.
The yogurt helps to tenderize the meat.
More spices went into the sauce....
When you cook the spices in the hot pan, the heat really brings out all the aromas and perfumes your whole kitchen. I used my Le Creuset griddle to grill the meat over the stove while Jennifer was helping me make the sauce.
When you add the tomato sauce to the jalapeno and garlic mixture, you cook it down so the tomato sauce caramelizes slightly.
The heat in this dish is so good! This is going to be one of my new favorites. It is delicious.