Chicken Tikka Masala

Having just gotten back from a three week vacation, there was a definite need to go to the grocery store.  Between unpacking, washing, ironing, cleaning, organizing, and reorganizing, I had to squeeze in the trip to the store.  It had to be done....I must admit that I did delay two days.  Nobody starved, there was food in the was just not what everybody wanted; so they thought they were starving!

While shopping my daughter called and asked what the dinner plan was.  The plan was to have Grilled Chicken and Peaches with a Peach Chipotle Sauce.  That announcement was met with silence.  Being ever so flexible I asked what the plan should be.  And, guess what?  She volunteered to cook Chicken Tikka Masala.  She said she had put together a couple of recipes and would make it.  Yum!  I love Indian Cuisine.

Lindsey's Chicken Tikka Masala

Serves 4

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
4 long skewers

1 cup plain yogurt
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 Tbsp minced ginger
2 tsp cumin
1 1/2 coriander
1/4 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt and pepper

1 tbsp butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, finely chopped
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp ginger
1 1/2 tsp garam masala
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 cup heavy cream
8 oz. tomato sauce
1/4 cup chopped cilantro


In a large bowl, combine marinade ingredients.  Stir in chicken, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preheat the grill on high heat.

Thread chicken onto skewers.  Discard the marinade.  Grill chicken until juices run clear, about 5 minutes on each side.

Melt butter in a large heavy skillet over medium heat.  Saute garlic and jalapeno for 1-2 minutes.  Add the cumin, paprika, ginger, garam masala, chili powder, and cayenne.  Stir in tomato sauce and cream.  Simmer on low heat until the sauce thickens, about 20 minutes.  Add the grilled chicken to the sauce and simmer 10-15 minutes.  Transfer to a serving platter and garnish with fresh cilantro.

Serve over rice.


Delicious!  I love it when Lindsey decides to cook.  She does a great job!


  1. That looks delicious! We love Indian food too. Thanks to Lindsey for insisting on cooking and sharing this recipe!!


  2. my mouth is watering just by looking at this!

  3. BRAVA to Lindsey! This looks marvelous. Umm...can she come to my house for a while?

  4. Good work, Lindsey!
    How wonderful to have a daughter who cooks like this, Kate! YUM.

  5. I've always wanted to make this dish but have never seen a recipe that called to me like this one. I actually have most of the spices. Thanks Lindsey.

  6. Sounds like you need a little vacation after the vacation :) All the putting away!

    Lindsey had a great plan, it looks delicious!

  7. Love the sound of this. Good for Lindsey. I am just getting back into the groove of things after being away also.


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