Chicken Tikka Masala

Get your Indian fix at home with this rich, creamy, easy to make Chicken Tikka Masala…

Chicken Tikka Masala

He gave me flowers for Valentine’s Day. I gave him Chicken Tikka Masala. We were both happy even though I never did like flowers. As a matter of fact the first (and last) time he gave me a bouquet was ten years ago. It was never repeated because he knew I’d rather get anything else than flowers.

This time though, he wanted to surprise me. I am pretty hard to surprise because I’m like a detective and I know every move they make at home. This time, I had an event to attend to and was I surprised when I came home to flowers and balloons! I was so touched.

peanutbutter and I love Indian food so since the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach … I thought it would be great if I cook him one of our favorites… and have him fall in love with me all over again. As if he’s not head over heels in love already, hee.

Flowers

See? those roses? He brought it from Dangwa and had my sister who calls herself Anney do the arrangement …hehehe.

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I made Butter Chicken before but it seems like there’s no difference in taste except, Butter Chicken is more…buttery?? hahaha.. I don’t really know, all I know is that I love both of their flavors.

Chicken Tikka Masala also has Garam Masala. It’s not a spice that’s easy to come by with in grocery stores. It’s a mixture of dried spices including cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and others. Instead of making my own, I made life easy and just ordered from Seven Spice Shop.

As for the basmati rice, ever since we developed this love for Indian food, I make sure to keep a stock of it at home.  It is so good with that rich and creamy sauce but now that I am following a low carb diet, I may have to replace this with cauli rice in the future. (or not.. depends on my mood really)

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So there. We had Chicken Tikka Masala over basmati rice and sprinkled with lots of chopped cilantro on top (Oh we love cilantro!.. as in OA sa dami kami maglagay). This was our Valentine’s Day lunchdate at home.

How was your V-Day?

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Chicken Tikka Masala

  • Author: Peachy Adarne

Ingredients

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For marinating the chicken:

  • 1 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 600g boneless and skinless chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces

For The Gravy

  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 7 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 white onion,chopped
  • 15 oz can diced tomato, pureed on a blended
  • 1 cup whipping cream or all-purpose cream
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar

For Serving

  • Basmati rice
  • cilantro, chopped
  • naan or pita bread

Instructions

  1. Marinate the Chicken:Combine the first five ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Add the chicken pieces and marinate in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  2. Heat oil in a pot. Sauté onion and garlic until onion becomes translucent. Fry the chicken pieces shaking off excess marinade) until it becomes a little brown.
  3. Pour in the rest of the marinade, tomato puree, all purpose cream butter, garam masala, paprika, salt, and sugar. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer.
  4. Simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sauce will thicken and become a thick gravy. Add more salt and sugar depending on your taste.
  5. Serve over basmati rice and naan, sprinkled with lots of chopped cilantro.

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20 Responses

  1. Wow ? yung di muna kylangan pumunta ng india eto na nag bigay na si mommy peachy ng recipe thank you for sharing mamss ????

    FB: Akio zednanref
    Ig: prettysanya11

  2. Wow. Ka sweet naman ganda ng flowers and chocolate. Pareho kayong swerte sa isat isa mamsh. ? Yung basmati rice mukhang masrap na bigas. Samahan pa ng masarap na ulam

  3. wow.., so sweet naman , kinilig ako sa Valentine’s date nyo momsh ❤️
    lalong sumasarap ang food pag may halong pagmamahalan ?

  4. This is such a beautiful idea. I like that it’s so thoughtful and the pictures are amazing. I have really been getting into Indian food lately. Looking at this recipe, it’s not too difficult which is great because I’m not a very good cook.

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Hi, Peachy here!

I'm a foodie mommy living in the Philippines. I'm a mom to two daughters named PURPLE SKYE and PERIWINKLE MOONE and wife to a loving husband I fondly call peanutbutter♥. I am a foodie by heart, a coffee lover and a froyo and yogurt junkie. Learn more →

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