This lighter Chicken Tikka Masala was born in my kitchen from inspiration from a recent trip when spent a week in New York City. My taste buds are still standing at attention from that trip and all of the wonderful flavors I encountered. I am a lover of all food – Italian, Thai, Cajun, Japanese, Chinese, Tex-Mex, Indian….you name it.
Starving when we landed, as soon as the captain told us we could power up our electronic devices, I was searching for FOOD. I’m also a Yelp whore, and after much deliberation and searching Yelp, getting a rental car, and finally getting on the road, the very first meal we ate in New York was at a restaurant called New Chili and Curry in Hicksville. Yelp didn’t let me down, because it was fabulous. I mean HELLO Thai and Indian at the same table? Hell yes! As I sipped my Thai iced tea, I noshed on Chicken Tikka Masala that brought tears to my eyes. Seriously, the best I’ve ever had. We actually ordered a second dish because it was that good.
With the flame of my love for Indian food burning bright, I knew I would have to find a way to recreate the dish at home, and that’s what I did. Quite successfully if I must say so myself. Actually, my 9-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter were my taste testers, and they proclaimed it spot on!
Chicken Tikka Masala is made with Garam Masala – an Indian spice blend that is widely available at super markets. I bought mine at Whole Foods. The remaining ingredients are probably things you already have in your pantry! Don’t you just love it when that happens?
I hope you’ll give this dish a try. It’s truly a comforting dish that has the most delicious depth and amazing creaminess. For even more POW, I added tumeric to my brown rice – it’s adds beautiful color and a tiny hint of extra flavor.