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$2 Chicken Tikka Masala | But Cheaper

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We love a good homemade curry.. especially when it’s cheap.


INGREDIENTS:

Chicken:

  • 1 cup (240g) full-fat yogurt

  • 2 teaspoons (6g) kosher salt

  • 1.25 tablespoons (11g) garam masala

  • 1 teaspoon (3g) paprika

  • 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 2 inch (5cm) knob of fresh ginger, grated

  • 2 lbs (907g) boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1” pieces

Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons (24g) vegetable oil

  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced

  • 2-inch (5cm) knob ginger, grated, thinly sliced

  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • 1 teaspoon (3g) paprika

  • 1 teaspoon (3g) cayenne powder

  • 1 tablespoon (9g) garam masala

  • 1 tablespoon (24g) unsalted butter

  • 2 teaspoons (9g) sugar

  • 15 oz (425g) can of crushed tomatoes

  • 1 cup (237ml) heavy cream

  • 1/3 cup (5g) fresh cilantro leaves

  • salt to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

Chicken:

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, add yogurt, salt, garam masala, paprika, garlic, and ginger; whisk to combine. Next, add chicken to your bowl, toss to coat thoroughly, and marinate for 10 minutes or overnight in the fridge.

Sauce:

  1. Set a 10-inch pan over medium-high heat, and add enough vegetable oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Once hot and nearly smoking, add all your chicken in batches and sear for 2 - 3 minutes per side until nicely browned on all edges.

  2. Remove chicken, add additional oil if needed, and lower the heat to medium. Add onion, ginger, and garlic. Season lightly with salt, and saute for 3 - 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened. Next, add paprika, cayenne, garam masala, and sugar; saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

  3. Add crushed tomatoes, stir and reduce for 5 minutes. Optionally, pour into a blender and blend on high speed until as smooth as possible. Place back in the pot, reduce the heat to low, add all your chicken, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked and the sauce is reduced.

  4. Stir in heavy cream and reduce for 7 - 8 more minutes or until the sauce is thick and velvety—adjust salt levels if necessary. Serve immediately with steamed white rice. Optionally garnish with cilantro.

42 Comments


Marshall Shell
Marshall Shell
Jun 11

This was my introduction to Indian food a few years ago. It also inspired me to start cooking in a more professional manner in my own home. Later today im making my own version of this recipe with bell peppers in the sauce and some cinnamon in the chicken marinade. Im making aprox 30 servings so I can share with my coworkers. Thanks for the recipe, and for inspiring my creativity and further education in the kitchen.

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triadwarfare
Dec 09, 2023

I'm from the Philippines and the Chicken Tikka Masala is a gateway food for me for Indian food as our noses do not sit well with the smell of dried gym clothes that is cumin.


Even if this is a cheaper version, I find myself struggling with the cost and where I can find some ingredients, as we're not exactly a dairy loving country, and most of our dairy products are either UHT or adulterated in some form, like you'd struggle to find heavy cream in most stores and are only reserved to the big grocery stores.


I do wonder if I can replace heavy cream with All Purpose Cream or fresh coconut milk? I think I can source my…



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Katelyn Marie McCorkle
Katelyn Marie McCorkle
Aug 11, 2023

You didn't write where to use the butter, but I love your but cheaper recipes so much that k you!

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Thomas Xavier
Thomas Xavier
May 22
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During the blending of the sauce you add butter to increase the creamy voluptuous texture. His pork katsu curry uses that technique.

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Janka Van der Merwe
Janka Van der Merwe
Apr 07, 2023

could you write how many people this recipe yields?

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Thomas Xavier
Thomas Xavier
May 22
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Most of his recipes seem to designed to be 4 servings.

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scdigitaldeb
Jan 25, 2023

Love all your recipes, especially the Tikka Masala. Unfortunately, my favorite Garam masala is no longer available at my bulk spices store. Do you have a suggestion or a link to a supplier? Thanks again for so many wonderful recipes. I prefer eating at home if possible. PS blessings on your engagement.

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