Looks like my new years resolution should have been to spend more time baking and cooking for my blog!
Sorry I haven’t posted for so long! January and February are turning out to be just as (if not more) busy than the holidays! Yikes.
The recipe I have for you today is one of our favorite lazy day indulgences. It is rich and creamy with a big kick of heat that is great for cold days!
Tikka Masala can be made with many different spices and meats, but chicken is our favorite. You can add more or less of any of the spices depending on what you like!
I hope you have avoided or recovered from the terrible flu that seems to have attacked everyone in the nation! Keep those new years resolutions going strong!
Recipe: Chicken Tikka Masala
2.5 – 3 Pounds Chicken Tenderloins or breasts
1 Large Onion, Diced
5 Cloves Garlic, Minced
2 Tablespoons Fresh Ginger, Minced
1 Can Tomato Paste
1 -2 Cans (23 ounces) Tomato Sauce
1 1/4 Cups Plain Yogurt (I like greek)
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 1/2 Tablespoons Garam Masala
1 1/2 Tablespoons Cumin
3 Teaspoons Cayenne Pepper (less if you want it less spicy. 1 Mild, 2 Medium 3 tsp Spicy)
3/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon (more or less to taste)
1/2 Tablespoon Paprika
2 Teaspoons Salt (to taste)
3/4 Teaspoon Fresh Cracked Pepper
2 Bay Leaves
1 Cup Heavy Cream
1 Tablespoon Cornstarch (2-3 depending on thickness of sauce)
Chopped cilantro for garnish
2 Cups Basmati or Jasmine Rice
Combine all ingredients up to bay leave together in a bowl, mixing well to completely coat chicken tenders.
Place all ingredients into a slow cooker and add bay leaves. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 4.
20-30 minutes before serving, remove lid from slow cooker and add heavy cream and corn starch. Combine both together in a bowl and slowly stir into chicken and sauce. Place lid back on slow cooker and let cook about 20 more minutes.
I sugest after you add heavy cream to cook your rice. We like brown basmati for this dish, and I find it at Trader Joes. Serve hot over rice and garnish with fresh cilantro. I also serve Naan bread, warmed with this and it is delicious to soak up all the creamy sauce!