I found a great little recipe I'd like to share with you because it's ideal for those busy times when you just need dinner to (mostly) cook itself. I love meals that you can just throw into a pot without much preparation needed. This one is a tikka masala curry, cooked on a low heat in the oven whilst you can get on with other stuff. Making a batch or two of this at the weekend to have later in the week or keep in the freezer will save a lot of time and hassle and you can be sure to have a delicious meal to hand when you are short of time.
The one I made was with chicken breast but it would be equally nice with chicken thighs, lamb or beef. Or why not make a vegetarian option with potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower etc? We enjoyed our chicken one with rice and steamed broccoli on the side - it wasn't greasy like curries can sometimes be and had lots and lots of flavour. We'll definitely be having this again and next time I will double the amount and put some in the freezer as well.
|Chicken Tikka Masala|
Have a good start to your week!
Chicken Tikka Masala (serves 4)
4 chicken breasts (or 6 - 8 thighs), cubed
1 onion, diced
1 bell pepper, cut into bitesize chunks
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
3 -4 tbsp tomato puree
3 tbsp plain yogurt
1 tbsp Garam masala
1/2 tbsp cumin
1/2 tbsp paprika
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
some fresh ground black pepper
1-2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 bay leaves
2 tbsp double (heavy) cream
3 tbsp. cornstarch
- Preheat the oven to 120 C.
- Dust the chicken cubes with the cornflour and place in an ovenproof dish.
- Add all the other ingredients apart from the bay leaves and stir to combine, ensuring that the chicken is evenly coated.
- Now add the bay leaves, put the lid (or some foil) on the dish and place in the oven.
- Cook for 2 hours on a low heat - you may need to stir it during the cooking time and possibly add a little water if the sauce is too thick (take care not to add too much though).
- When cooked, remove from the oven, stir in the cream and serve with rice or naan bread.
(recipe adapted from tablefortwoblog.com via Pinterest)