Posted in Chicken, Comfort Food, Curry, Date Night, Dinner, Indian, One Pot Meals

The Holy Grail – Chicken Tikka Masala

I found it!  My Holy Grail!

I have been on the quest to find the perfect Chicken Tikka Masala recipe that lives up to my favorite Indian restaurants but it has alluded me.  I’ve made some good tikka but every time has just been slightly underwhelming and I haven’t been able to put my finger on why.  After many sleepless nights and lots of trial and error I finally figured it out!!

It was one of those everything stops, slow motion moments of clarity where all the pieces fall into place and you are transported to the perfect moment.

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Now that I’ve totally hyped it up, I hope you’ll give it a try and love it as much as I do!  Mine is a little spicier than you would normally get out at a restaurant but I encourage you to try it anyway.  You can eliminate the Madras curry powder and increase your garam masala for a milder dish.

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Chicken Tikka Masala

1 ½ lb. chicken breast, diced into 2-inch pieces
2 cups Greek yogurt
1 Tablespoon Garam Masala
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon fenugreek
1 teaspoon Madras curry powder (optional, increase garam masala if not using)
Salt & pepper

2 Tablespoons ghee
1 small onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
1 Tablespoon tomato paste
4 Tablespoons garam masala
1 teaspoon fenugreek
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon Madras curry powder (optional)
1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
1 cup chicken stock
Salt & pepper
1 15 oz. can coconut milk
Cilantro

Place chicken, yogurt and spices (through salt & pepper) in a large glass bowl and let marinate 1 hour or up to overnight.

Preheat the broiler. Place chicken on a broiler pan and cook for 10-12 minutes or until starting to turn brown and bubbly. Remove from oven and set aside.

In a large, oven safe pan with a lid, melt the ghee over medium heat. Add sliced onions and let cook for 5 minutes or until starting to turn translucent. Add the garlic, ginger, tomato paste and spices (through curry powder) and stir until combined. Turn heat to low, cover and let cook until caramelized, about 10 minutes (be sure to stir occasionally and keep an eye on it so the spices don’t burn). You can add a splash of chicken stock if the mixture starts to dry out. Put the mixture in a blender and puree until smooth.

Add onion puree back to pot with chicken, tomato sauce and chicken stock. Season with salt and pepper. Stir until combined. Cover.

Put the chicken in a 325° oven and bake for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally, or until sauce has reduced and thickened and chicken is very tender. Remove pan from oven and return to stovetop. Stir in coconut milk and cook over low heat for about 5 minutes.

Serve over rice and with naan bread. Enjoy!

Source: Ruth’s Table

Posted in Asian flare, Baked, Baking, Cheese, Chicken, Comfort Food, Cooking for Two, Curry, Date Night, Dinner, Family Friendly, Pantry Staples, Pizza, Quick cooking, Restuarant Knock-off, Summer

It’s Not Delivery – Curry Chicken Pizza

Ugh, Monday.  And tax day.  That’s should be against the law or something.  That’s a lot of “ugh” to handle at the beginning of the week!  And I don’t know about y’all but taxes were brutal this year!  Oh the joys of self-employment. 🙂

Making it through this day, or any rough day, calls for pizza.  Pizza is comfort.  Pizza is joy.  Pizza is one of my favorite ways to mash up some of my favorite flavors and create something new and exciting.

I can’t take all the credit for this one though.  We recently went to a pub/sports bar in Clarksville and got super excited about a curry chicken pizza on the menu.  We ordered it with high expectations and ended up pretty disappointed.  It was good but not as good as I knew it could be.  No worries though, I decided to take to the kitchen and put my own stamp on it.  Success on the first try!!

This pizza comes together quickly thanks to a prepared pizza crust.  It is also very budget friendly for me (I need that after tax day!) because all the ingredients for the sauce are some of my pantry staples.  Pizza is very forgiving so take a look at what you have in the cupboard, think about your favorite dishes, and get creative!

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Curry Chicken Pizza

1 chicken breast, cooked and shredded
1 cup caramelized onions*
1 small red bell pepper, diced
Mozzarella cheese
1 prepared pizza crust (or homemade if you have the time)
1 5oz. can tomato sauce
Splash of chicken stock (I always have a box of stock open in the fridge, water also works fine)
2 Tablespoons red curry paste
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon garam masala
Pinch of sugar
Salt & Pepper
Cilantro

Preheat a pizza stone or cookie sheet in a 400° oven.

In a small saucepan, combine tomato sauce and next 6 ingredients (through S&P). Bring to a simmer and cook until sauce is fragrant.

To assemble pizza, spread sauce in a thin layer over prepared dough (use as much or as little as you like, depending on how saucy you like it), add shredded chicken, onions, bell pepper and top with shredded cheese. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until desired browned bubbliness.

Garnish with cilantro, slice and devour!

*For the caramelized onions, slice one small onion thin.  In a pan, melt 1 tablespoon of butter and olive oil over medium heat.  Add onions and saute until fragrant.  Reduce heat to low, add salt & pepper and cook until brown and caramelized, about 20 minutes.

Source: Ruth’s Table

Posted in Autumn, Chicken, Curry, Kale, One Pot Meals, Potatoes, Slow Cooker

Slow-Cooker Sunday – Chicken, Potato, and Kale Curry

Some weekends are just so busy that my husband and I only connect as one or the other of us is running out the door.  We had one like that a few weeks ago when he was working shows and I had an event and the only time were were actually going to be in the same room was for lunch on Sunday.

Then came the dilemma.

Do we have time to go somewhere for brunch?  Probably not.  There will be an hour wait.  All I’ll want to do is eat french toast and drink mimosas and will never make it to work on time (not to mention that delicious food coma that will hit right as I have to be “on”).  Do we just throw together a quick sandwich at home?  Sure.  That’s fine, but kinda boring.  When this is the one time we get to hang out and spend time together for the weekend it would be nice to actually feel like our meal is special.

Good thing I have a slow-cooker and know how to use it. 🙂

Indian food is a great idea when it comes to a slow-cooker.  A lot of Indian dishes require quite a bit of stove time and get better the longer they’re allowed to simmer so it makes total sense.  You know I love to spend time in the kitchen creating delicious dishes but even I can get impatient.

My Chicken, Potato and Kale Curry is the perfect dish to throw in the slow-cooker the night before and enjoy for lunch on Sunday.

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Slow-Cooker Chicken, Potato and Kale Curry

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces

1 small onion, diced

3 garlic cloves

3 Tablespoons tomato paste

1 Tablespoon Garam Masala

1 teaspoon curry powder

1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated

1 teaspoon coriander

1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (optional, depending on how hot you like it)

2 cups low-sodium chicken stock

1 small can tomato sauce

Salt & Pepper

1/2 pound yukon gold potatoes, diced

1 small bunch kale

Splash of half & half

To serve: cilantro, chopped cashews, rice, naan

  1. Put chicken, onion, and next 10 ingredients in the bowl of a slow-cooker.  Cook on low for 8 hours.
  2. Add the kale and half & half.  Season with salt & pepper and let cook another 20 minutes.
  3. Serve over rice, top with cilantro and cashews.

Source: Ruth’s Table