Silken Chicken 'tikka Masala'

“Chicken Tikka Masala is on the menu on every single Indian restaurant in the UK and is undoubtedly one of the most popular dishes. Although not strictly an authentic Indian dish (developed by Indian restauranteurs in the UK), it's closest relative is probably something like this. Please don't be put off by the seemingly endless list of ingredients and's really very simple and well worth it...a real favourite in my house! The kebabs are also great eaten without the sauce. Timings do not include marinating time.”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put the chicken in a bowl. Add the salt and lemon juice and rub them in.Prod the chicken lightly with a tip of a knife and rub the seasonings in again.
  2. Add the remaining kebab ingredients except the oil,mix well,cover and refrigerate for 6-8 hours,although longer will not hurt at all!
  3. Preheat the grill,thread the meat onto two to four skewers (flat,sword-like ones are best). Brush with oil and balance the skewers on the rim of a shallow baking tray.
  4. Place about 5" from the heat source and grill for about 6 mins on each side or until lightly browned and cooked through.
  6. Pour the oil into a large non stick pan with a lid and set over med high heat. when the oil is hot add the onion and stir fry until they turn reddish brown (6-7 min).
  7. Add the ginger and garlic and continue to fry,stirring for 1 minute.
  8. Add the coriander,turmeric,cayenne and paprika, stir for 10 seconds,then add a tbsp of yogurt,stirring until it is absorbed.Add the remaining yogurt this way a tbsp at a time.
  9. Put in the tomatoes and fry for 3-4 mins until they turn pulpy. Keep mashing them with the back of a wooden spoon to help the process along.
  10. Add the salt and the stock and bring to a simmer.
  11. Cover and reduce the heat to low and simmer gently for 15-20 mins.The sauce should turn thick.
  12. Stir in the garam masala and fresh coriander,taste and add more salt if needed.
  13. When the kebabs are cooked push the chicken off the skewers with a fork and fold the meat into the sauce.

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