Chicken Tikka Masala Curry

Chicken Tikka Masala

This particular curry recipe, similar to Chicken Tikka Masala, is the one I keep coming back to again and again.  Typically one uses tomato paste in the creamy sauce, rather than whole tomatoes, but I prefer the fresh tomatoes in my curry. This is easy to make and incredibly DELICIOUS!  This recipe is also great made with a firm-fleshed fish or shrimp.  When doing it with fish, cut deboned fish into large pieces and prepare sauce first.  Add fish the last 5-10 minutes of cooking so it won’t overcook and fall apart.  Red fish is an excellent choice for simmered dishes, if you can get it, as it is as firm as chicken or beef and won’t disintegrate in the sauce!  This dish is OK for Induction and is also suitable for Primal diners.  Paleo followers need to use coconut milk instead of cream.  For variety, sometimes I add a little tomato paste to this sauce, which changes it up a bit. 🙂

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1 T. whole cumin seed

2 T. olive oil

3 T. butter

3 oz. sliced onion

2 deboned 7-8 oz. chicken breasts, cut into 1-1½” chunks

¼ tsp. salt

¼-½  tsp. cayenne pepper  (use ½ tsp. only if you like it HOT)

1 tsp. ground cumin

½ T. minced fresh ginger

½ tsp. ground turmeric

1 T. my homemade Garam Masala 

4 T. fresh cilantro, chopped

1 c. chicken broth

1   whole tomato (3″) , cut into 1″ cubes (use 1 Tbsp. tomato paste for a redder Tikka Masala or Butter Chicken look)

¼ c. heavy cream (Paleo-Primal folks should use coconut milk)

DIRECTIONS:  In a dry non-stick skillet or wok, dry roast the whole cumin seed, stirring, just until they become fragrant but not burned (about 1-2 minutes).  Add olive oil, butter and onions & saute a few minutes.  Add chicken and continue to saute until chicken is opaque.  Add all remaining ingredients except heavy cream. Simmer covered on lowest heat about 30 minutes until tomatoes are tender but not falling totally apart.  Add heavy cream and continue to simmer 5-10 minutes longer.  If desired, slightly thicken with a few successive, light dustings of xanthan gum, whisking constantly between additions.  Serve over steamed cauliflower or basmati rice for non-low-carb guests.  Sometimes I add my cauliflower right into the curry the last 15 minutes of cooking for a change of pace.  Like the tomatoes, do not cook the cauliflower.  Adjust info below if you add cauliflower or other vegetables to the dish.

VARIATION:  Sprinkle in a few frozen green peas as shown above.  But just a few!

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Serves 3, each serving containing:

527 calories

34.6 g  fat

7.83 g  carbs, 2.03 g  fiber, 5.80 NET CARBS

44.3 g  protein

194 mg. sodium

5 comments on “Chicken Tikka Masala Curry

  1. Peggy I love your recipes!! I love bagels and all the recipes I have tried doesn’t satisfy my craving for a good chewy bagel. Do you have a good bagel recipe?


    • Joel, just type “Indian” into the search box and they should all come up for you. I try to put that word in their names so the search function will grab them for you.🙂


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