Summer Grill Tandoori Chicken
2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, halved lengthwise
6 garlic cloves, finely grated
4 teaspoons finely grated peeled ginger
4 teaspoons ground turmeric
2 teaspoons garam masala
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1½ cups whole-milk yogurt
1 tablespoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter) or vegetable oil
1 small onion, thinly sliced
¼ cup tomato paste
6 cardamom pods, crushed
2 dried chilies or 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
1 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
2 cups heavy cream
¾ cup chopped fresh cilantro plus sprigs for garnish
2 Cups Steamed Basmati rice
Combine garlic, ginger, turmeric, garam masala, coriander, and cumin in a small bowl.
Whisk yogurt, salt, and half of spice mixture in a medium bowl; add chicken and turn to coat. Cover and chill 4-6 hours. Cover and chill remaining spice mixture.
Heat ghee in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add onion, tomato paste, cardamom, and chiles and cook, stirring often, until tomato paste has darkened and onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Add remaining half of spice mixture and cook, stirring often, until bottom of pot begins to brown, about 4 minutes.
Add tomatoes with juices, pureeing them in mixer before. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring often and scraping up browned bits from bottom of pot, until sauce thickens, 8-10 minutes.
Add cream and chopped cilantro. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens, 30-40 minutes.
Skewer bite-size chicken pieces and grill on a Tandoor Oven or indoor/outdoor Grill or a 400 C oven for 10 minutes. Idea is to grill to a dark brown color and taste. (This is the secret to a good chicken tikka masala)
Add to sauce, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until chicken is cooked through, 5 minutes. Serve with rice and cilantro sprigs.
TIP: Chicken can be made 2 days ahead. Cover; chill. Reheat before serving.
FiestaFriday with Diann @ Of Goats and Greens and Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook
FrugalHausfrauNov 11, 2018, 8:49 pm
I think this can be a difficult recipe to get just right for the home cook…I know because I’ve tried a few times with recipes that gave ok but rather lackluster results. I love that you put in a few hints and yours is so lovely I’m determined to give it another go! Thanks for sharing with us at Fiesta Friday this week!
Life Diet HealthJan 1, 2019, 1:31 pm
This sounds like something my boys would love. Thanks for bringing it over to Fiesta Friday again!
Corina BlumJan 1, 2019, 1:59 am
This sounds absolutely delicious! I love homemade curries and this one is a little richer than a lot of the curries I make so it would be perfect for a special occasion!
RitaJan 1, 2019, 4:56 pm
Perfect for special occasions since the chicken tikka is so popular now-a-days in Indian restaurants. You will be a hit!
JhulsMay 5, 2019, 4:35 am
I could almost smell this dish and it’s amazing! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday this week!
goatsandgreensMay 5, 2019, 4:34 pm
Yummers! I really like this rendition of this dish, thanks for sharing with Fiesta Friday!!!