Easy Chicken Tikka Masala with Stove-Top Garlic Naan

Yogurt and spice infused chicken kabob cooked in a creamy tomato sauce and served with easy stove-top garlic naan.

Easy Chicken Tikka Masala with Stove-Top Garlic Naan

INGREDIENTS:
For the chicken kabobs tikka:

  • 1 tablespoon garam masala see note below for recipe
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs and cut into large bite-sized chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons Ginger-Garlic Paste or 1 tablespoon minced ginger + 1 tablespoon minced garlic

For the masala sauce:

  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon ginger minced
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 jalapeno pepper minced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon  optional
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or sour-cream
  • Minced fresh cilantro for garnish

For the garlic naan:

  • small Pizza dough
  • 2 tablespoon melted butter
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
Easy Chicken Tikka Masala with Stove-Top Garlic Naan


INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Marinate chicken: Combine yogurt, ginger + garlic, garam masala, cayenne, black pepper, and salt. Add chicken cubes and toss to coat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or up to 24 hours. Remove chicken from fridge and thread onto kabob skewers. Grill chicken in a 450F pre-heated oven under the broiler for 15-20 minutes or on an outdoor grill or griddle pan until chicken is charred in center is tender.
  2. To make the sauce: While the chicken is cooking, prepare the sauce. Heat a large heavy-duty pan to medium/high heat. Add oil, butter, and onion. Cook until onion begins to brown. Add the jalapeno, garlic, ginger and cook for 2 minutes or until garlic begins to brown. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste and spices. Cook for 5 minutes. Pour in 1 cup of water and allow mixture to simmer on a low/medium heat for 15 minutes. Add cream and cook for just 2-3 minutes. Mix in the cooked chicken and stir to coat.
  3. To make naan bread:Combine the butter and garlic in a small bowl. Set aside. Divide pizza dough into 8 equal portions. Roll the dough to a small circle using a rolling-pin. Heat up a skillet (cast-iron preferred) over high heat and lightly grease the surface with some oil to avoid the dough from sticking to the skillet. Place the dough on the skillet. When it puffs up and bubbles and burnt spots appear, flip it over and spread with the garlic butter mixture. Cook until done. Repeat the same until all dough are done.

Notes
To make 2 tablespoons garam masala (1 for marinade and 1 for sauce) combine 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander 1 teaspoon ground cardamom 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.

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