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Chicken Tikka Masala

It's hard to think about Indian food without thinking about Tikka Masala. However, how many of us out there know the actual meaning or history of this ubiquitous dish? After digging around bit, it is clear that the history of everyone's favorite Indian dish is as abstract as its ingredients. Some claim Tikka Masala originated in India, others claim it was actually invented by accident in the UK. As far as the ingredients, the only thing we can say for sure it that it included a mixture of tomato-based sauces some sauce and some spices. Curiously enough, as prevalent and popular as this dish is, there is no specific 'right' way to do it. So why not make it in the most delicious and healthy way possible?


Tikka means “piece” or “bits” which refers to the morsels of, generally chicken or paneer that are served with the Tikka Masala sauce. As far as the sauce- it normally starts with ginger, garlic, onions, chiles, tomato puree and spices which are then combined with cream or yogurt.

Starting with Spicemode's Masala Cooking Sauce you can make this time-consuming and complex recipe in as little as 15 minutes, with only 5 ingredients. Our simple method to make the freshest tasting Tikka Masala at home will instantly become a family favorite. Try it with grilled panner, chicken, or even potatoes.

Chicken Tikka Masala

SERVINGS : X  -  PREP TIME : X MINUTES  -  COOK TIME : X MINUTES

Perhaps one of the most well-known Indian Classics. Often hard to achieve due to the depth and layers of flavor. Don't worry, Spicemode's got your back! Our Masala sauce is already perfectly balanced and includes all the spices necessary to make this timeless dish with 5 ingredients.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 Jar Masala Sauce
1.5 lbs Boneless Chicken Breast
15 oz Crushed Tomatoes
1 Cup Coconut Milk

METHOD

  1. Cut the Chicken into strips across the grain into bite-sized pieces and marinate in a spoonful of Masala sauce.
  2. Heat oil in a heavy bottom pot, add chicken and season with salt and pepper. Saute until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove chicken from the pan.
  3. Note : For a rustic, charred flavor, add a spoonfuls of yogurt and a dash of Spicemode Tikka Seasoning to step 1, if you have it on hand, for the classic preparation. Then place chicken on a sheet tray and broil in the oven for 6 minutes each side, until the edges are browned. 
  4. Next, add Masala sauce to same pot over medium heat, stir until fragrant. Add crushed tomatoes and simmer, stirring occasionally for 6-8 minutes, until flavors combine and sauce reduces.
  5. Add coconut milk. bring to a boil and then reduce heat and let simmer until the sauce has a nice consistency.
  6. Add chicken back to the pan, along with all the juices, and slowly simmer until the chicken is cooked through. 
  7. Taste for seasoning, add sugar and/or salt to balance the tartness of the tomatoes.



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