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October 21, 2013 / Chris Blum

Chicken Tikki MasAla

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This is a great weekend meal. Marinate the chicken in the am and then cook everything up in the evening. It is a bit of work and worth all of it! This recipe is from Epicurious.

Ingredients:
6 garlic cloves, finely grated
4 tsp finely grated peeled ginger
4 tsp ground turmeric
2 tsp garam masala
2 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground cumin
1 1/2 c yogurt
1 tsp kosher salt
2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs or breasts
3 tablespoons ghee
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1/4 c tomato paste
6 cardamom pods, crushed
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
1 c heavy cream
3/4 c chopped fresh cilantro
Steamed basmati rice (for serving)

Combine garlic, ginger, turmeric, garam masala, coriander, and cumin in a small bowl. Whisk yogurt, salt, and half of spice mixture in a medium bowl; add chicken and turn to coat. Cover and chill 4-6 hours. Cover and chill remaining spice mixture.

Heat ghee in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add onion, tomato paste, cardamom, and chiles and cook, stirring often, until tomato paste has darkened and onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Add remaining half of spice mixture and cook, stirring often, until bottom of pot begins to brown, about 4 minutes.

Add tomatoes with juices, crushing them with your hands as you add them. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring often and scraping up browned bits from bottom of pot, until sauce thickens, 8-10 minutes.

Add spiced yogurt used to marinade the chicken (remove chicken and reserve for broiling) cream and chopped cilantro. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens, 30-40 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat broiler. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and set a wire rack inside sheet. Arrange chicken on rack in a single layer. Broil until chicken starts to blacken in spots (it will not be cooked through), about 10 minutes.

Cut chicken into bite-size pieces, add to sauce, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until chicken is cooked through, 8-10 minutes. Serve with rice and cilantro sprigs.

Serves 6 – 8.

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