A big pot full of happy:
I got too tired last night to make my chicken tikka masala (aka butter chicken) but I made it today and it was spicy and delicious! My belly is now really full and food coma is probably going to hit.
There are a lot of variations out there but I loved this recipe for being fairly easy. I sliced chicken breasts into strips and marinated it in a lovely spice mixture of lemon juice, cumin, cinnamon, minced ginger, salt, cayenne and black pepper. Like yesterday's chicken schwarma, I forgot to buy yogurt so I used some oil to make it more of a marinade. Into the fridge it went for about an hour.
For the start of the sauce, I melted butter and sauteed a minced glove of garlic with a minced jalapeno. To that I added more cumin, paprika, and cayenne. Then a tomato sauce was added with a cup of heavy cream and it was simmered to reduce for about 20 minutes. Lazy to pull out the grill pan again, I browned the chicken in a saute pan and finished it in the sauce after it had thickened up a bit. Once it was done and the heat was off, I hit the pot with a handful of chopped cilantro.
I served this over basmati rice and heated up some TJs naan - the frozen ones, which are far superior to the ones in the bakery aisle. Spicy and delicious!
Next time, I think I'll grate the ginger rather than mincing because I keep eating small chunks but the flavors were spot on with what I was hoping for. This is going to make great leftovers for the week, yay!
Want to enjoy this easy meal yourself? Check out the recipe here: Mel's Kitchen Cafe's chicken tikka masala. I love Mel's blog, I've tried quite a few recipes from it and have found them delicious, especially the clam chowder. Enjoy!