Lately, I have been craving a good chicken tikka masala, however I never fulfill my craving because I don't know where to get good Indian food. I know, I know, I live in NYC where there are more Indian joints than I know what to do with, but the question is, are they good? I have no idea, so I don't attempt to order or visit any of them in fear of being disappointed or sick (haha). By the way I am no Indian food connoisseur, I have only had Indian a handful of times, and all time it has been Chicken Tikka Masala. I know you're thinking that I'm a real risk taker....sorry. I like what I like and I continue to eat what I like. Let me just say that Trader Joe's makes a good frozen dinner of Chicken Tikka Masala with Basmati Rice for those of you who frequent the frozen dinner aisle.
Anyways, a few weeks ago I had some good Tikka Masala with some friends up in Rockland County and since then I've been craving this yummy fulfilling chicken dinner! Instead of risking it at any of the restaurants around where I live, I decided I'd go ahead and make it for dinner last night! I found this recipe onThe Pioneer Woman Cooks, a blog I follow.
A few notes regarding the recipe:
1) I followed the recipe exactly with some additions. (I sprinkled salt to the chicken before coating in yogurt. And I did not add cayenne pepper for heat, instead added more serrano chile peppers, 2 to be exact.
2) I wasn't quit sure about broiling the chicken like they say to do, but I am glad to announce that this is a great way to make chicken if you want a bbq taste. I did 10 minutes on each side and the chicken came out amazing on its own!
3) The recipe makes A LOT of tikka, I didn't even know what to do with it all. I ate some for dinner and saved some for lunch the next day but still ended up with so much sauce! I ended up giving it to my parents and brother to eat for lunch at the office today. I wonder how they'll like it...
Here are some pictures that document my journey to fulfilling my Chicken Tikka Masala craving...