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Monday, May 9, 2016

Brainy Scottish Chicken Tikka Masala???

Chicken Tikka Masala is chunks of chicken marinated in spices and yogurt, that is then cooked in a tandoor oven, and served in a Masala ‘spicy’ sauce. 

The sauce usually includes tomatoes, plus heavy cream or yogurt and various spices. The sauce or chicken pieces (or both) are colored orange by using turmeric powder, paprika powder or tomato paste.

The origin of the dish is unclear. One explanation claims that it originated in an Indian restaurant  in Great Britain likely coming out of Scotland from the British Bangladeshi community which ran a lot of the Indian restaurants in the UK.  It did not take long for its transformation into western cooking...being fast, frugal and full of flavor!

Will you need to buy a tandoor oven? No. You can be brainy about it and improvise. However, there are certain ingredients that you will need to buy either boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs and rice if you don't have on hand. And, small potatoes, skinned, diced and pre-cooked which are an important part of the original recipe. You can of course use leftover potatoes, diced and added to the pot. 

Take a deep covered skillet and saute on med. heat your chicken (cubed or small pieces) in 4 tbs of olive oil and 2 tbs of salted fresh cream butter and coconut oil. Once browned, add one small can of tomato paste and 1 tbs of organic honey or agave nectar. Turn up the heat to med high and stir until all chicken is coated with the sweetened tomato paste. 

Then, add either 1/2 cup of heavy cream or yogurt. Stirring until you have a creamy sauce covering your chicken. Now add your spices: 1/2 tsp of garlic powder, 1 tsp of turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp of coriander and paprika plus dried herbs: mint and parsley. Of course, if you like turmeric, add more to taste. You should add your pre-cooked (or left over) potato bits to the chicken and tasty sauce, simmering on low heat for at least 18-20 min. 

Prepare rice and serve!

~ Tutti a Tavola! 

*... pretty sure this would be great on the grill (using the traditional cooking method); why not try something new!

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