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EVER GRILLED TIKKA MASALA?

Neither did I until a couple of years ago, and I didn’t know what I missed..


Grilling chicken is not unfamiliar in the Indian kitchen. You might have seen a Tandoor before - a large (clay) oven that looks like a pot, using for grilling meats and naan bread in temperatures up to 900°F


This recipe mimics a tandoor oven, by grilling marinated chicken pieces on a hot grill (in my case a Big Green Egg), and dunking it into creamy sauce!


Enjoy and I can’t wait to see your versions of this delicious meal!

Tim

Ingredients

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts

  • 1 cup yogurt

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 2 teaspoons fresh ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste For the Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 2 teaspoons paprika

  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

Preparation

  1. Preheat your grill or oven to 400°F

  2. Cut your chicken breast into fairly large chunks (1.5 inch cubes)

  3. In a large bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, 2 teaspoons cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, black pepper, ginger, and salt. Stir in chicken, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour.

  4. To make the sauce, melt butter in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Sauté garlic and jalapeno for 1 minute. Season with 2 teaspoons cumin, paprika, and 1 teaspoon salt. Stir in tomato sauce and cream. Simmer on low heat until sauce thickens, about 20 minutes.

  5. Grill the chicken pieces on an open fire, turning every 5 minutes to make sure the pieces don’t burn. Cook until the internal temperature registers 165°F, not further!

  6. If using an oven to cook the chicken, roast at 400°F first, followed by the broiler for the last 5 minutes to char the outside slightly.

  7. Add grilled chicken to the sauce and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve with chopped cilantro, naan and rice!

  8. Bon Appetit!

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