Chicken Tikka Masala

Note: The original recipe called for a marinade. I don't fully believe in marinades (I can rarely taste that they make a difference in the final product). Instead I coat the chicken with the marinade ingredients (the stuff in step 1). Usually I let it sit for a bit while I mess with other stuff, but I think it could be cooked right off to good effect too. However, if you want to do a marinade, don't let my cynicism stop you. Marinade away with the ingredients in step one. 

Another note: I found my garam masala at the Asian market for cheap. 

Step 1:

4 smallish chicken breasts, cut into cubes and all the grody bits removed (You can also use dark meat, but Kip prefers  white, so we ran with that)

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 inch fresh ginger, minced (or 1/4-1/2 tsp ground ginger)

2 tsp lime juice

dash (or two) cayenne pepper

2 tsp cilantro

1 Tbsp olive oil

Step 2:

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 small onion (or a couple dashes onion powder)

1 tsp tumeric

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp cardamom

1 tsp paprika

3 tsp garam masala

1 1/2 C cream

1 can tomato paste

1 Tbsp lemon juice

salt and pepper to taste

Step one: 

Mince the garlic and ginger. Chop the cilantro. Add lime juice and cayenne pepper. Rub this onto your chicken cubes.

Heat oil in a skillet. Add the chicken cubes and cook until browned on the outside (it's okay if they're a wee bit raw still in the middle; they'll get more cooking in a minute). 

Remove from pan and keep warm.

Step 2:

Heat oil. Add onion or onion powder. Cook onion until tender. 

Add tumeric, cumin, cardamom, paprika, and garam masala. Heat until fragrant (30 seconds or so). 

Add cream, tomato past, and lemon juice. Whisk. 

Add chicken and juices back into pan. Simmer until chicken is fully cooked. Season with salt and pepper (we're usually fairly generous here). If you like your sauce saucier, add more cream or milk. We served ours fairly thick and it was a hit. 

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