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Good old chicken tikka masala
The curry house classic, the easy way
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“Once you've marinated your chicken in all those amazing spices, this tikka masala's super fast ”
3 sprigs of fresh coriander , leaves picked and chopped, stalks reserved
400 g higher-welfare chicken breast , preferably free-range or organic, diced into 2.5cm pieces
1 small onion , peeled and sliced
½ red pepper , deseeded and sliced
½ green pepper , deseeded and sliced
1 pinch ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground coriander
1 pinch turmeric
400 g tinned plum tomatoes
100 ml plain yoghurt
50 ml single cream
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(Note: the marinade will need to be prepared the day before so the chicken can marinate overnight.)
For the marinade
Blitz the chilli, garlic, ginger and vegetable oil in the food processor. Add the paprika, garam masala and tomato puree, plus the coriander stalks, and blitz again to form a paste. Place the chicken pieces in a large bowl, coat them with the marinade and leave in the fridge overnight.
The next day:
In a little vegetable oil, on a medium heat, fry the onion, peppers and spices in a large saucepan. Cook gently for 10 minutes then add the tin of tomatoes and the yoghurt. Add the chicken pieces and simmer gently for 15 to 20 minutes until cooked. Just before serving, stir through the cream and chopped coriander leaves.
Serve with fluffy boiled rice and a mixed leaf salad.