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Chicken Tikka Masala
with cauliflower / carrots

Active: 25 min Total: 55 min
This Indian take-out favorite is surprisingly easy to make at home. It's worth the extra time to marinate the chicken in a spice mix which will help build layers of flavor even in a short cook time.
Smarts: Like most Indian curries, this one will taste even better after a day or two in the fridge.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Chicken Tikka Masala:
  • Onions, medium - 1, chopped
  • Carrots - 8 oz, chopped
  • Ginger - 2 tsp, grated
  • Garlic - 3 cloves, chopped
  • Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless - 1 lb, halved
  • Indian Spice Mix (ingredients listed separately) - 3 tsp + 3 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Butter - 2 Tbsp
  • Tomato paste - 1 Tbsp
  • Tomatoes, crushed (28 oz / 794 g) - 1 can
  • Cauliflower florets, frozen - 6 oz
  • Coconut milk, light - 1/2 cup
  • Cilantro - 2 Tbsp, leaves torn
  • Lime juice - 2 tsp
Indian Spice Mix:
  • Coriander, ground - 2 tsp
  • Garam masala - 2 tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Cumin - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric, ground (opt) - 1 tsp
  • Red pepper flakes (opt) - 1/4 tsp

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Prep

  1. Make spice mix - Combine coriander, garam masala, salt, cumin, turmeric and red pepper flakes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Onions / Carrots / Ginger / Garlic - Prep as directed. Store onions and carrots in one container. Combine ginger and garlic in another container. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Season chicken - Slice chicken breasts in half and tenderize with a fork. Coat chicken in first portion of spice mix. Let chicken marinate in spices for at least 20 minutes and up to a day. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

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Make

  1. Heat a Dutch oven with oil over medium heat. Add chicken and cook for 2 minutes on each side to get it started cooking (don't worry if it's not cooked through). Set aside.
  2. To heated pan, add butter and then onions. Saute until onions start to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in ginger (if using), garlic and second portion of spice mix. Saute for 1 minute more.
  3. Add tomato paste, crushed tomatoes and cauliflower (no need to defrost it first). Bring to a simmer.
  4. Chop chicken into bite-sized pieces and return it to pan. Simmer until chicken is cooked through, ~15 minutes.
  5. Add coconut milk. Continue simmering for 5 minutes more to let the flavors develop.
  6. While masala simmers, chop cilantro.
  7. Stir lime juice into masala. Taste and add some salt, pepper or more lime juice if needed.
  8. Serve masala with cilantro on top. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (129)
Gluten-free (7)
Paleo (18)
Vegetarian (30)

54 reviews

Nice vegetarian meal!

By: Kimberly
Posted: Nov 11, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
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Seasoning very good. The marinade added a nice flavor to the meat. I made substitutions: fresh cauliflower for frozen, half & half for heavy cream, sour cream for yogurt. Will be making again.

By: Sandra
Posted: Oct 20, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Yum! Made this for guests and it was a hit. Next time I'll up the red pepper flakes a bit.

By: Kelley
Posted: Jan 26, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Husband and I loved this. I will definitely make this again.

By: Kimberly
Posted: Jun 23, 2019
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

I accidentally used the wrong tomatoes, but it worked and was delish! I added more spices for a bit more flavor at the end. Would definitely do this one again!

By: Kara
Posted: Jan 16, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

subbed red lentil pasta for rice

By: Casandra
Posted: Jan 15, 2018
Diet: Vegetarian
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