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Chicken Tikka Masala
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
Servings: 6
Ingredients
Chicken and Marinade
  • 2 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs excess fat trimmed
  • 1/2 cup Chobani plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp each: garam masala, cumin, turmeric, red chili powder, salt
Curry Sauce
  • 13.5 oz can light coconut milk
  • 13.5 oz can no salt added tomato puree
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped (280 grams)
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp ghee (1 oz)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil (1/2 oz)
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 2 tsp arrowroot flour
  • 1/2 tbsp each: garam masala, cumin, red chili powder
  • 1 tsp each: turmeric, coriander, salt
Instructions
  1. Whisk together marinade ingredients and massage into chicken.  Marinate in airtight container for at least 3 hours or overnight.

  2. Heat olive oil in a large cast iron skillet over high heat (I turned the knob on my stove just above medium high).  Add chicken and pan fry on each side until browned/charred, then set aside.  The chicken should not be cooked through at this point.

  3. Turn heat down to medium high.  Add ghee to cast iron skillet, then sauté onion until fragrant, scraping browned bits from the bottom of the skillet.  Add ginger, garlic, arrowroot flour, and all spices except salt.  Continue to sauté for another minute.

  4. Add tomato puree and salt to the skillet, continuing to scrape any browned bits from the bottom.  Lower heat to medium-low and simmer for 5-10 minutes.

  5. Add coconut milk to skillet and puree sauce using a hand blender, if desired. Return chicken to the skillet, cover in sauce, and continue to simmer for 10-15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

  6. Remove chicken and cut it into bite sized chunks before serving.

  7. Serve over basmati rice, cauliflower rice, or with naan bread.  Garnish with fresh cilantro.