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Chicken Tikka Masala with Seeded Basmati and Red Onion Salsa

Find yourself completely satisfied when enjoying this creamy Chicken Tikka Masala with Seeded Basmati and Red Onion Salsa.

Chicken Tikka Masala is a classic Indian curry that is loaded with fragrant spices, and infused with so many earthy and deep flavors, making it an unforgettable dish that will be worth all the time and effort you put into it. Don’t believe us? Try it for yourself!  

What is Chicken Tikka Masala? 

So, you’ve heard of Butter Chicken, but not quite familiar with Chicken Tikka Masala? This dish is an Indian classic that is basically Butter Chicken’s less creamy, but more intensely flavored cousin. The base revolves more around a tomato gravy than a creamy sauce, and the flavors of tomato and onion are slightly stronger. Golden chicken pieces are drenched in a curry sauce that has flavors of garlic, ginger, chili, cumin, paprika, garam masala, and a touch of lemon juice. While this dish is not as creamy as a Butter Chicken, it still consists of some Greek yogurt, that adds some richness, and also helps to tenderize the chicken perfectly. With this being said, Greek yogurt is a particularly healthy version of plain yogurt, and since this is the only indulgent aspect of the dish, this Chicken Tikka Masala would be considered a lot healthier, and much less fatty than other curries, making it the perfect family dinner!  

Marinating the Chicken 

For this recipe, the chicken pieces are marinated in a Greek yogurt marinade with spices such as garlic, ginger, chili, paprika, cumin, pepper, and garam masala. The chicken should be left to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, but a few hours (or even overnight!) would be best as it ensures that the chicken pieces are properly infused with the flavors.  

This Chicken Tikka Masala is served with Basmati rice than contains roasted cashew nuts, roasted sunflower and caraway seeds, as well as coconut flakes. A unique red onion salsa containing red onion, banana, parsley, and coriander is served on the side, but feel free to serve with some buttery naan bread too for the ultimate Indian feast! 

Chicken Tikka Masala with Seeded Basmati and Red Onion Salsa

Chicken Tikka Masala with Seeded Basmati & Red Onion Salsa

Find yourself completely satisfied when enjoying this creamy Chicken Tikka Masala with Seeded Basmati and Red Onion Salsa.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Chicken, Onion
Servings: 1
Author: Nato Zondagh

Ingredients

For the Tikka Masala

  • 10 g Garlic Chopped
  • 5 g Ginger
  • 3 g Red Chilli Deseeded and finely chopped
  • 25 g White Onion Finely chopped
  • 30 ml Olive Oil
  • 50 ml Greek Yogurt
  • 160 g Chicken Breast Small cubes
  • 5 g Butter
  • 30 ml Rice Vinegar
  • 5 g Cake Flour
  • 30 ml Red Kidney Bean
  • 5 ml Lime Juice
  • 2.5 g Coriander Chopped

For the Spice Mix

  • 3 g Paprika
  • 3 g Fine Pepper
  • 2 g Garam Masala
  • 2 g Whole Cumin
  • 5 g Leaf Masala

For the Seeded Basmati

  • 60 g Tastic Rice Boiled in salted water and cooled down
  • 15 ml Olive Oil
  • 1 g Coarse Salt
  • 0.5 g Turmeric
  • 10 g Cashew Nuts Roasted and roughly chopped
  • 10 g Sunflower Seeds Roasted and roughly chopped
  • 10 g Whole Caraway Roasted and roughly chopped
  • 5 g Coconut Flakes Roasted and roughly chopped

For the Red Onion Salsa

  • 20 g Red Onion Finely chopped
  • 40 g Banana Diced
  • 2.5 g Parsley Finely chopped
  • 2.5 g Coriander Finely chopped

Instructions

For the Tikka Masala

  • Combine everything together for the spice mix. Divide in two.
  • Combine half of the spice mixture with chilli, garlic, ginger & yogurt in a large bowl.
  • Add chicken & leave to marinade for at least 30 minutes.
  • Melt butter in a pan over medium heat. Add onions & the remaining spice mix. Cook for 15 minutes.
  • Sprinkle flour over onions, add tomato puree & water. Stir well & leave to simmer until slightly thickened.
  • Remove from heat & season with salt.
  • Place chicken in in baking tray & roast in the oven until cooked.
  • When the chicken is cooked, add to the sauce base together with coconut cream & lime juice.
  • Simmer for a few minutes & then add chopped coriander last.

For the Seeded Basmati

  • Heat oil in a large frying pan.
  • Add the rice & toss while toasting for a few minutes.
  • Add the remaining ingredients & stir to combine.

For the Red Onion Salsa

  • Mix all the ingredients together & serve separate.
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