Chicken Tikka Masala

I have to admit that I’m no expert in Indian cuisine. But this dish is one that I’ve loved since the first time I tried it a couple of years ago, and so I finally decided to make a from-scratch version myself. Total success – despite the fact that new baby Berkley needed mommy’s attention about 58 times during this meal preparation. I persevered and 3 hours later I finally had the spices measured and the chicken marinating. Not to worry, while this recipe does contain a lot of ingredients, it’s really not too complicated to make, especially if you measure out the spices for the marinade and sauce at the same time and are able to do so without double digit interruptions. The whole family loved this, and so it’ll definitely make it into the dinner rotation occasionally. Hope you enjoy!

Chicken Tikka Masala

1 1/2 lbs chicken breast cutlets

Marinade
2/3 cup plain greek yogurt
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp paprika

Sauce
4 tbsp butter
1 sweet onion, finely diced
1 tbsp cumin
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp paprika
Pinch of ground cloves
Pinch of nutmeg
8 ozs tomato sauce
1/2 cup heavy cream

Tip: There are many shared spices, so measure out for both the marinade and the sauce at the same time to save time and measuring spoons.

1.) Combine chicken and all ingredients for marinade in a gallon Ziploc bag, toss around and set aside. Allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2.) Place chicken cutlets on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Remove chicken and cut into 1-inch pieces. Set aside.
3.) While the chicken is cooking, melt butter in a large sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add onions and sauté until translucent. Add all the spices and sauté for a minute longer. Stir in the tomato sauce and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 7 to 8 minutes. Stir in heavy cream and heat throughly. Remove from heat and add in chicken. Serve over jasmine rice.

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Mushroom Asiago Chicken

Trying to get my husband to tell me what he wants for dinner is next to impossible. So yesterday morning when I got a Facebook notification that my husband had tagged me in a post, only to find it was recipe he was reposting, I was intrigued. And just to be clear, I replied, “Are you trying to tell me you want this for dinner?” and he responded, “Yes.” Hallelujah – at least we can communicate about dinner via Facebook.

So trying to seize this rare opportunity, I went to the store, got the all the needed ingredients and made his requested dish for dinner. I must say, he was spot on with thinking this would be good, because it really, really was. I was pretty true to the recipe, except I increased the mushroom asiago sauce by 1 1/2 (which is how I wrote the recipe below). I served this over simple buttered angel hair pasta, so I wanted enough sauce to flavor the pasta sufficiently. I also opted to buy chicken cutlets versus butchering a plain ole chicken breast. Yes, it was a little more expensive, but it save me time and hassle, and so for a weeknight, it was money well spent. I cooked this in an electric skillet so that I could cook all of my chicken at once – would do fine in a dutch oven as well.

I will definitely make this dish again – the flavor was rich (but not too rich, thanks to the bite of the asiago), and very unique. Winner, winner, chicken dinner – thank you honey for the delicious request!

Mushroom Asiago Chicken

6 chicken cutlets
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup flour
6 tbsp butter
1 1/2 lbs sliced mushrooms
3/4 tsp salt
2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp dried thyme leaves
3/4 cup dry white wine
1 1/4 cup chicken stock
3/4 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup shredded Asiago cheese

1.) Salt and pepper each chicken cutlet and dredge both sides in flour. Heat 2 tbsp butter in an electric skillet or dutch oven over medium high heat. Sauté the cutlets in the butter for 4-5 minutes on one side, flip, then cook for 1 more minute. Place cooked cutlets on a plate and cover with foil.
2.) Add remaining 4 tbsp butter to skillet. Add mushrooms and salt and sauté for about 10 minutes. Add garlic and thyme and sauté for a few minutes more. Add wine to deglaze and cook until it is nearly evaporated. Add chicken stock and simmer over medium heat until liquid is reduced by half, about 10 to 12 minutes. Reduce heat again to medium low and add heavy cream and Asiago cheese. Stir until cheese is melted and then add chicken back to pan, covering each one in the sauce. Allow the chicken to simmer for a few minutes until it is heated through.
3.) Serve over pasta or mashed potatoes.

Adapted from CherylStyle’s Savory Mushroom Asiago Chicken

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