Our Healthy Chicken Tikka Masala is made up of juicy and tender chunks of chicken that have been marinated and grilled and then stirred in to a delicious creamy mild sauce.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: British, Indian, Pakistani
Allergen: Dairy, Meat, Nuts
For the chicken:
400gchicken breastcut into bite size chunks
For The Sauce:
80mlchicken stock(or vegetable)
10gfresh coriander (cilantro)finely chopped
Add all the ingredients for the chicken to a bowl. Mix well, cover and put in the fridge to marinate for 30 minutes.
Put the onion, garlic and ginger into a food processor. Blend to form a smooth paste. Alternatively, you could use a pestle and mortar.
Heat a little oil in a pan and add the onion paste. Gently cook for 2 minutes.
Add the tikka seasoning, tomatoes, stock and coriander. Stir and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
Preheat your grill (broiler) and thread the marinated chicken onto skewers (pre-soaked if using wooden). Put the chicken skewers under the grill (broiler) and cook for 15 minutes, turning regularly.
Blend the sauce so it is smooth.
Add the yogurt and almonds. Mix well and gently heat.
Once the chicken is cooked through, add to the sauce. Stir so the chicken is coated.
Serve over rice with naan breads, mango chutney and raita (all optional).
Make sure to soak wooden skewers for 30 minutes before threading the chicken on to them. This ensures that they don't burn when cooking.
If you don't cut your chicken in to large pieces, then you won't need to turn them half way through cooking.
If you want to make this curry spicier, then you can add some chilli powder to the chicken marinade, and to the sauce marinade. You could also add a sprinkle of red chilli flakes before serving.
You don't have to add the ground almonds, but we find that it gives the sauce a really nice texture.
You could make a vegetarian version of this by swapping the chicken for chickpeas, halloumi/paneer or even just loads of vegetables. Make up a big pan of sauce and then swap the chicken for a veggie alternative.