Chicken Tikka Masala and Naan!

We both have lingering cold symptoms from our week of illness – I have a cough and Christopher is still congested. The cough really doesn’t bother me (I like to think of it as a constant ab workout, haha), but being congested is miserable. So last night I decided it was time for some spicy and flavorful food to clear out those sinuses!

Enter the chicken tikka masala and naan recipes from my oldest sister, Melissa! We’ve made this recipe several times and it is always so good!

Chicken Tikka Masala
Chicken Tikka Masala

Ingredients:

1 ½ lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut in 1 inch cubes

Marinade:
1 cup plain greek yogurt
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground red pepper
2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ginger

Sauce:
1 tbsp unsalted butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp cilantro
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp garam masala
½ tsp salt
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1 cup plain greek yogurt

Directions:

1. Combine marinade ingredients and mix in chicken. Marinate in refrigerator for an hour.

2. For sauce, melt butter on medium heat. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Stir in cilantro, cumin, paprika, garam masala and salt. Stir in tomato sauce and simmer 15 minutes. Stir in cream; simmer to thicken- about 5 minutes.

3. Take chicken marinade out of refrigerator and toss in a large skillet on medium heat. Cook thoroughly. Either combine chicken with sauce or serve separately. Serve over rice and with Naan or pita bread.

Naan
Naan

Ingredients:

4 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 cups plain low-fat yogurt

Directions:

1. Mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in the yogurt till the dough is too stiff for a spoon, then knead it in the bowl till it holds together well, adding more flour if necessary. Turn it out on a floured surface and continue kneading for about 5 minutes till the dough feels smooth and elastic. Form the dough into a ball and put it in an oiled bowl, covered with a towel, to rest for an hour or longer.

2. Take the dough out and cut it into 10 equal pieces. Form each into a ball and press the balls flat into round discs. Heat a large frying pan or griddle, either seasoned cast iron or a good non-stick finish. Take 1 piece of dough at a time and roll it out on a floured surface till it is about 8-10 inches across and less than 1/4 inch thick. Lay it on the hot griddle and cook it over a medium heat for 4-5 minutes. It will puff up in places or all over, and there will be some blackish-brown spots on the bottom. Flip over. Remove naan from skillet and brush it lightly with melted butter if you like.

3. Serve the breads hot, fresh from the oven, or let them cool and wrap them up. To reheat, wrap them in aluminum foil, in packets of 4 or 5 breads and put them in a 400 degree oven for 10-15 minutes.

I know it looks long and complicated, but neither recipe is all that difficult. And they are definitely both worth making. If spicy food isn’t your thing, just cut all the spices in half in the marinade then make it. It’s so good!
Love Rach

 

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23 responses to “Chicken Tikka Masala and Naan!

  1. This looks delicious! Beats the frozen versions!

  2. Oh my goodness, I LOVE chicken tikka masala. We haven’t had Indian food in a while and I would loveee to try making it at home!

  3. This looks amazing!

  4. Mmm – this looks sooooo good. I’m definitely going to attempt to make this one.

  5. Rach DonutsMama

    That looks delicious! Love chicken Tikka Masala!

  6. mmmmmm all of your recipes look absolutely awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  7. i am sooooo making this naan soon! always on the lookout for a great naan recipe :)

  8. I just pinned this! It looks amazing! I just watched Abduction to, it was horrible!

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  9. Looks delish! Hope it helped with the congestion :)

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

  10. This sounds SO good!!! :) Thanks for sharing.

  11. This looks delicious! I’ve never had Indian food before and have always wanted to try it. :) The naan bread sounds amazing!

  12. Yum! I love Naan.

  13. Oh my…How wonderfully delicious! Yum!! Thanks for sharing, adding this to my recipe list!!

  14. Umm how did you know we were having curry for dinner?!?!?!! Freaky stuff!! This naan has perfect timing!!!

  15. Yummy! Jay and I were just talking about how we should try to make Indian food. Naan and Tikka Masala are my 2 favorite things.

  16. Ughhh…being congested really is terrible. Hope you 2 are back to normal soon!

  17. YUM! I didn’t realize how easy it was to make naan. Now that I know, I’ll be adding that to the list of things to bake this weekend :)

  18. Your recipes always make my mouth water!
    I’ve been sick too! Not fun. Feel better!!!!

  19. Wow the directions for naan don’t look as complicated as i would’ve expected, i def need to give it a try sometime!

    hope you feel better!!

  20. one of my favourites :) truly a cold reliever!

  21. I adore Indian food and marinating chicken in yogurt is the best, so tender! This recipe looks delicious and hope it helped to clear up those cold symptoms with all that delicious spice!!

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