Chicken Tikki Masala

We recently got to see an advance screening of the movie The Hundred Foot Journey.
It is a very good story and I went in with fairly low expectations.
I was completely impressed and left having seen a great movie.
Helen Mirrem is great along with the other actors.  The story is basically about 2 competing restaurants
that are across the street from one another.  1 Indian and 1 classical French.
They are in the French countryside.
Lots of food porn for the foodies, rom com for those who like that, and lots of
family laughter.  So having been inspired by that....
I had to make something Indian.
Chicken Tikki Masala!!!

I headed to my local Kroger Marketplace since I figured they would have the spices 
that I needed....NOT!
They did not have garam masala.
Luckily, I have the whole internet in my pocket, so I found a Pioneer Woman recipe
that included the ingredients of garam masala.

Next up was to make the sauce.  I cut up an onion, minced garlic and ginger
and sweated them until slightly translucent.  Then I added tomatoes and about 3 tbsp on
my homemake garam masala and some sugar.  I let it simmer for a while
to meld flavors and thicken up a bit.

I didn't get any photos of the chicken breasts, but here's what I did.  
I seasoned them with cumin and coriander, then slathered them until covered
in plain greek yogurt.  Then I broiled them for 7-9 minutes on each side until
they were slightly charred, but only slightly.  
Then I cut them into chunks and added them, along with heavy cream,
to my sauce.  

While all of that was going, I had some basmati rice in the rice cooker.
Substituting chicken stock for half of the water, I also added some
turmeric to give some more flavor and that awesome yellow color.

With the addition of some naan, my meal was complete.
This one was a bit spicy for Zach, so I reserved some of the chicken,
before it hit the sauce, and served that with some rice.  He loved it.
It was weird, but his dish was awesome and a completely different taste.
It is strange just how much the tikki masala sauce changed the flavor of the
rice and chicken.  They were both awesome.
I served the chopped serrano chilies on the side, so we could each customize
the spice level.  It added a lot of that to my dish and I was happy with my
medium heat level.  Dutchess opted for much less serranos, but still said
that her mouth was on fire.

Next up will probably be a curry of some sort.

This was a successful attempt at getting some Indian Cuisine out of the 
FatherFeedsFlock kitchen.  
Flock Fed!


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