Friday, February 29, 2008

Chicken Tikka Masala

If you like Indian food, or are feeling adventurous, here's a recipe to try. We had it for dinner tonight and really enjoyed it. It comes from my sister-in-law's sister-in-law (I think).

1 1/2 Tbls. vegetable oil
1 medium onion, diced
1/4 tsp. salt
1 Tbls. (heaping) curry powder
1 can (12 to 14) ounces unsweetened coconut milk (In Asian section)
1 cup fresh diced OR canned diced tomatoes
2 Tbls. tomato paste
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed (uncooked)
1/2 cup packed fresh baby spinach

Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and salt. Cook until soft (6-7 min). Add curry and stir constantly for 1 minute. Stir in Coconut milk, tomatoes, and paste. Cook until thickened (5-6 min). Stir in chicken and cook about 6 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked. Stir spinach in and cook for a couple of minutes. Season to taste with salt. Serve over Jasmine rice.

This serves 4-6 people.

* Notes: This is not a hot spicy dish. I have very wimpy taste buds, so I used a little less than 1 T curry, but next time I'll put in the full amount. Also, Jeff has an aversion to the texture of onions, so if you have someone in your family like that, I recommend dicing the onion really, really small, and cooking it a little longer than the recipe says, to take all of the crunch out. I didn't have Jasmine rice--I'd like to try it sometime--but it was great over regular rice.

1 comment:

rainylakechick said...

Delicious! We tried making an Indian dish that Dave's Indian coworker gave him. But it was soooo complicated and came out terrible. We order Indian food all the time -- the best restaurant in town in just 2 miles from our house! Its a good AND a bad thing.... Now I can try making this at home!