We don’t cook with a lot of meat and almost never use dairy so this may seem like a strange meal for us. I was very happy with how this meal turned out! It was so delicious!

There is no such thing as “local non medicated” chicken here like there was in Nanaimo. I did the best I could and bought the best quality chicken available at the grocery store. That isn’t saying that much though which is why this is only the second time I’ve purchased chicken in a year and a half of living here.

Here’s what I did:

Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala

  • 2 tbsp Oil (I used non gmo canola)
  • 1 1/2- 2 lbs Chicken Breasts, boneless skinless and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp Ginger, minced
  • 28 oz can crushed Tomatoes
  • 5 oz can Tomato Paste
  • 1 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 2 tbsp Turmeric
  • 2 tbsp Cumin
  • 2 tbsp Garam Masala
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Cilantro
  1. In large, heavy pot over medium heat sauté onions in oil until caramelized.
  2. Add garlic and ginger and cook until just fragrant.
  3. Add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, and spices. Stir to combine. Bring to a simmer.
  4. Add chicken and cook over low-medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes stirring occasionally until chicken is cooked through.
  5. Stir in yogurt.
  6. Garnish with cilantro and serve over rice or with naan bread. (I warmed peas in the rice before it was fully finished cooking.)

12 Responses to Chicken Tikka Masala

  1. That looks so sooo good Annie. I take it this is what Paxye was working on making when she was asking where Win was?

    We’ve been eating more vegetarian like for the past week but this looks like a sure bet for us to try soon. I hope it’s okay without the yogurt:)

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Annie says:

    Yup! Same recipe but we might make it slightly different. Mm mm good. I think it would be okay without the yogurt but better with…

  3. jo says:

    You keep forgetting Mavericks! They have the organic chickens from Smithers in their freezer section.
    They’ve also got 50lb bags of onions on sale right now, I was going to ask if you wanted to split a bag?

  4. Erin says:

    I love everything Indian and would like to try this variation. I like the absence of the heavy cream one might normally add, i think? I think it would be fabulous with the Greek yogurt!

  5. Annie says:

    Can’t count Mavericks when the chicken is frozen AND almost $50 each! Eeek. A bit pricey, especially for something not fresh. We’d like to be in Smithers with a cooler at the right time of year and bring home a bit of meat for a good price.

    I could maybe do a half bag of onions- although if we’re going away maybe not… hmmm… I’ll go have a look! I try and give you a call today. The wind is blowing something fierce here. The windows are even bending in at an uncomfortable angle!

    It’s so tasty, Erin! I hope you try it and love it like we do.

  6. Ania says:

    had everything on hand so I made it for dinner today. Veeerrrryyy good! As always with your recipes:).
    I made naan bread for the first time a while ago and it was quite crispy. Is it the way it’s supposed to be or should it be softer? (oh, and it turned into crackers by the second day).

  7. Annie says:

    So glad to hear, Ania. Thanks for letting me know!

    The naan really should be soft. Perhaps you rolled them out too thin before baking them? Baked them too long? Did you use my recipe or a different one?

  8. Courtney says:

    I could smell this all the way to your house when I dropped of the Birthday invite….. yummmmm! Hope to see Lily and Leaf *if he’d like to also come – wasn’t too sure he would want to go as well* on Saturday. Feel free to drop them off with us on Saturday! Courtney ;)

  9. Ania says:

    I used your recipe for naan. It was still delicious, but I kinda guessed it should be softer. Thanks for hints – I’m quite sure next time it will turn out different, as it always is with baked goods
    (at least for me :) ).

  10. genie says:

    Holy cow. No dairy, not much meat. No wonder I love your recipes – you eat like we do! Thanks so much for the inspiration, I’m adding so many of these to my rotation. These types are hard to come by, thanks!

  11. Bob Cotter says:

    Thanks for the recipe. I read this a few days ago and had other things on the menu for earlier this week, so went for the ingredients this morning. I didn’t follow the recipe in a straight forward way … that is, I didn’t measure, but approximated, and it tasted wonderful to me. It was a bit too spicy for Judy, but you may know already that a mild chile can be a bit tough on her. I do love your photo and tried to match it on my Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gibsonsgolfer/5060910025/

    Cheers… your favourite uncle Bob

  12. jenny says:

    Yum, Annie! You make so many delicious ethnic dishes. I’d like to move in with you :) This sounds fantastic.

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