The Tastiest Chicken Tikka Masala You Will Ever Make

Before I started uni almost 6 years ago now, I had no idea how to cook. Throughout my time at university all I cooked was pasta with ready made sauce or a jacket potato (not really proper cooking is it). Fast forward to when Jonny and I left university life and moved into our own place, we spent a lot more time cooking meals from scratch and having date nights inspired by different cuisines to up our cooking skills. 

What's great about cooking is that there are always things to learn and new favourites to discover. How exciting! Along the way, we have created and found many delicious recipes that we enjoy time and time again. The first recipe I want to share with you is one of our current favourites, chicken tikka masala. This is honestly so delicious; if you like Indian cuisine you will love this tasty, simple dish. The recipe below takes around 30 minutes to make and serves 4 people. You can obviously replace the chicken with tofu, potatoes or veggies if you're a vegetarian and add more chillies if you prefer your curry to be hot.


Chicken Tikka Masala


Ingredients:

For the curry sauce

3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 large onion
1 green chilli
1 inch piece of fresh ginger
3 garlic cloves
12 teaspoon of chilli powder
1 teaspoon of tumeric
1 tablespoon of soft brown sugar
2 tablespoons of garam masala
1 tablespoon of tomato puree
400g chopped tomatoes
4 chicken breasts
10 dried curry leaves

For the garnish

Fresh coriadner
Natural yoghurt

Serve me with

Rice
Popadoms
Naan bread



Method:

1. Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a large pan. 
2. Next, add diced onion, chopped chilli, sliced ginger and crushed garlic into the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
3. Now it's time to get spicy. Add chilli powder, turmeric, garam masala and sugar and cook for a further 1-2 minutes. 
4. Add the tomato puree and tinned tomatoes, stir and cook for a few more minutes.
5. Pour the sauce into a food blender and blitz until nice and smooth.
6. Add 1 tbsp of olive oil to the pan and fry the chicken until lightly coloured.
7. Then pour the sauce back into the pan along with the curry leaves and leave to simmer for around 10 minutes or until the chicken is completely cooked through
8. Garnish with coriander and add in a little bit of natural yogurt if you want to.
9. Serve with either rice, naan bread or poppadoms. Enjoy!

Will you be trying out this delicious curry recipe? What's your favourite curry?

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