Recipe: Chicken Tikka Masala

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Yummy creamy chicken recipe with a thick gravy. Full of flavor and masalas.



2 tbsp curry or tandoori paste

2 tbsp natural yogurt

2 chicken breasts, skinned and chopped

3 tbsp single cream

200g/7 oz can tomatoes

2 tsp peeled and grated root ginger

2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped

3 tbsp olive oil

2 bay leaves (optional)

1 medium onion, peeled and chopped

2 medium sized red chillies, seeded and chopped (if using Birdseye use only half to one)

1/4 tsp turmeric

1/4 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp ground coriander

1/4 tsp garam masala

25g/1 oz fresh coriander leaves (optional)




Put the curry or tandoori paste into a bowl with the yogurt, stir well, then add the chicken pieces and stir again. Put the bowl into the fridge for 1-2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/ Gas Mark 4.

Put the chicken pieces into an ovenproof dish and bake for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, blend together the cream, tomatoes, ginger and garlic in a bowl and set it aside.

Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the bay leaves (if using) and the onion and fry until the onion begins to turn golden-brown.

Add the chilies, turmeric, paprika, salt, cumin, coriander and garam masala and stir for 1 minute.

Put in the chicken pieces and fry for 5 minutes.

Then add the tomato and cream mixture, cover and cook over a low heat for a further 5 minutes.

The curry should look red and creamy, and its texture should be thick and fairly smooth, depending on how small you chopped the onions.

Add 125 ml/5 fl oz water and cook for another minute.

Take it off the heat, pour into a serving dish and garnish with the coriander leaves.

Serve with pitta breads, naans, or rice.



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