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Dry Chicken Tikka Masala

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  Chicken breasts 3
  Olive oil/Groundnut oil 4 Tablespoon
  Cardamom pods 5
  Cinnamon stick 2 1⁄2 Inch
  Onions 1 1⁄2
  Minced fresh ginger 2 Teaspoon
  Minced garlic 2 Teaspoon
  Cumin powder 1 Teaspoon
  Coriander powder 1 Teaspoon
  Turmeric powder 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Cayenne pepper 1 Teaspoon
  Paprika 1 Tablespoon
  Garam masala powder 1 Teaspoon
  Tomato 1 Large
  Tomato puree 1 Teaspoon
  Water 150 Milliliter
  Salt To Taste
  Yogurt/Coconut milk 250 Milliliter (1 Tin)
  Fresh coriander 1 Tablespoon (To Garnish)

Step 1: Prepare the ingredients

First of all, chop up the tomato finely and set aside for later use. Next, finely chop the onions and set aside. Finally, cube the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces, season with a little salt and also put to one side.
Step 2: Make the masala paste

Mix together in a bowl the ginger, garlic, cumin, coriander, turmeric, cayenne, garam masala and paprika.
Step 3: Flavour the oil and fry the onions

Put the oil into a pan over a medium heat. When hot, add the cardamom pods and cinnamon stick, leave for a few seconds and then remove. This flavours the oil, giving it a wonderful aroma. Add the onions and cook while stirring, until brown.
Step 4: Add the spices

Add the masala paste and stir for a minute.
Step 5: Add the remaining ingredients

Add the tomato and tomato purée and stir for a minute till thoroughly combined.

Pour in the water and bring to a gentle simmer, stirring constantly.

Taste the sauce and season with salt if necessary.
Step 6: Cook the chicken

Add the chicken cubes and mix well into the masala. Simmer for 10-12 minutes, stirring every few minutes, until the chicken is cooked and tender. Check this by piercing the chicken with a sharp knife - if it goes straight through and comes out clean, it is done. For a weaker curry flavour, add either 1 small tin of coconut milk or 1 medium sized carton of yoghurt. Mix well and simmer for another 5 minutes.
Step 7: Garnish and serve

Place the chicken on a serving dish, decorate with coriander leaves and serve.

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Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Frying Pan
Dry Curry
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
25 Minutes
Ready In: 
40 Minutes
Put a little bit of flavour into your dinner with this week's winner of the food fight, that's dry chicken tikka masala. This quick and easy recipe is a simple way to liven up the week. It's so rich and hearty, that it's delicious to eat and kind to your waistline too. An aromatic addition to any Indian banquet.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 512 Calories from Fat 238

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 27 g41.5%

Saturated Fat 5.3 g26.7%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 110.6 mg36.9%

Sodium 343 mg14.3%

Total Carbohydrates 24 g7.9%

Dietary Fiber 6.9 g27.5%

Sugars 9.4 g

Protein 46 g92%

Vitamin A 86.9% Vitamin C 39.2%

Calcium 23.3% Iron 24.4%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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