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Chicken Tikka Masala and The Hundred Foot Journey

Chicken Tikka Masala

On Monday night I was able to catch a sneak peek of the new movie The Hundred Foot Journey. It follows a young Indian man named Hassan and his journey through the world of French haute cuisine. It is a film about food, family, ambition, romance and being true to yourself. And I loved it.

Rarely today can you go to a theater and see a movie that doesn’t offend. This one avoids bad language, sex and violence. And although it can be a bit predictable, I still found myself with a smile on my face throughout the whole thing. It was just a really wholesome, enjoyable movie.

And since I walked out of that theater I have been thinking about Indian food. I am not a huge ethnic food eater, but from time to time I get an adventurous spirit. Ryan loves ethnic foods so I thought it would be fun to give Indian food a whirl.

I searched for a relatively easy Indian recipe and stumbled upon Chicken Tikka Masala. Although it had a few spices I wouldn’t normally keep on hand, it didn’t require much out of the ordinary. And although I followed a recipe, I used Hassan as inspiration and played with the spices a bit to taste. The result was super yummy and I have a suspicion, it will taste even better tomorrow after the flavors have a chance to settle in even more.

Chicken Tikka Masala and The Hundred Foot Journey
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Indian
 
Ingredients
Chicken:
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts- pounded flat
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 T. vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 T. minced garlic
Sauce:
  • 3 T oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 6 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 T tomato paste
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • 2 T garam masala
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground tumeric
  • 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • ⅔ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • dashes of kosher salt to taste
Instructions
Chicken

  1. Combine salt and cumin in small bowl.
  2. Pound chicken flat and make sure all pieces are even.
  3. Make sure chicken is very dry and sprinkle with spice mixture, pressing so mixture sticks. Place chicken in single layer on a piece of foil and set aside.
  4. Whisk yogurt, oil, ginger, and garlic together in large bowl and set aside.
Sauce
  1. Heat oil in large heavy pot over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and cook until golden, about 8 minutes.
  3. Add garlic, ginger, tomato paste, and cook about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the rest of sauce ingredients and bring to boil.
  5. Reduce to medium low, cover, and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Stir in cream and return to simmer a few minutes.
  7. Remove from heat and cover to keep warm.
  8. Place oven rack 6 inches from heat broiler. Dip chicken well into yogurt mixture, coating with thick layer of yogurt.
  9. Arrange each piece on aluminum foil and place on top rack.
  10. Broil chicken about 9-10 minutes, flip over, and broil another 5-9 minutes (the exterior will be lightly browned in spots)
  11. If chicken still pink, back at 350 until cooked through
  12. Let chicken rest 5 minutes. Cut into bite size chunks and stir into warm sauce when ready to eat.
  13. Season with kosher salt to taste, toss in fresh cilantro, and serve immediately over Basmati rice.

 

Comments

  1. I loved this movie so much! We will definitely own it and watch it with our kids too. It was the perfect date-night movie with my husband. Thanks for the recipe! I’m going to try it with our home raised chicken!
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