Chicken tikka masala is my absolute favorite south Indian entree!! I finally got around to trying my hand at making it, and I’m very pleased with how it came out! I have one asterisk for this recipe and that is the dish normally contains cilantro; however, I hate cilantro so you will notice it is absent from my recipe. Yes, I even pick it out of the dish at restaurants For those who enjoy cilantro, I would say add about 1/2 cup of fresh chopped cilantro at the very end.
Paleo Chicken Tikka Masala
Approximately 10 servings (because this is great left over)
5-6 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into bite size cubes
4 cups plain coconut milk yogurt
12 small cloves garlic, minced
8 tsp. fresh ginger, minced
10 tsp. ground turmeric
5 tsp. ground garam masala
5 tsp. ground coriander
5 tsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. ground ginger powder
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tbl. + 1 tsp. kosher salt
4 tbl. ghee
2 sweet onions, diced
1/2 cup tomato paste
1/8 tsp. ground cardamom
4 dried árbol chiles (make sure these chiles break if you want a spicy dish)
Two 28-oz cans whole peeled tomatoes
4 cups full fat coconut milk
Whisk together yogurt, 6 cloves minced garlic, 4 tsp. minced ginger, 5 tsp. turmeric, 2.5 tsp. garam masala, 2.5 tsp. coriander, 2.5 tsp. cumin, 1 tsp. ground ginger, 1 tsp. garlic powder, 2 tbl. + 1 tsp. kosher salt. Add chicken, stir to mix and fully coat, cover and marinate at room temperature for 3 hours.
Spread chicken across two foil lined baking sheets. Broil one sheet at a time on high for 7 minutes, set aside.
In a large pot (I used my 9.5 quart dutch oven) melt ghee over medium heat. Add onion, tomato paste, cardamom, chiles, and a dash of kosher salt and sauté for 5 minutes. Add 6 cloves minced garlic, 4 tsp. minced ginger, 5 tsp. turmeric, 2.5 tsp. garam masala, 2.5 tsp. coriander, 2.5 tsp. cumin, 1 tsp. ground ginger, 1 tsp. garlic powder and cook for 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and crush with a potato masher. Simmer the mixture for approximately 10 minutes. Add coconut mild and broiled chicken. Bring mixture to a simmer for 40 minutes.
I served mine over sautéed cauliflower rice.