January 11, 2013 by Sarah
I love chicken tikka masala. It is one of my favorites; unfortunately, it is typically high in fat and calories. I tried making a lighter version of it a few months ago that incorporated cauliflower and used nonfat greek yogurt. It was alright, but not great. Definitely not something that I was itching to make again.
Recently, I spotted a recipe on the Eating Well website for chicken tikka masala and figured I’d give it a try. I decided to make it last weekend for dinner and I am so glad I did – it was great!
I followed the recipe as written with the only substitution being the addition of fire roasted diced tomatoes (instead of regular diced tomatoes). I wasn’t thrilled about using cream in the recipe and thought about using a substitution. Ultimately, I decided to stick with the cream as it was only a small amount per serving.
The recipe was easy to follow and it came together fairly quickly. Since it was the weekend, I took my time in the kitchen but this could easily be used for a weeknight meal. The full recipe can be found on eatingwell.com by clicking here.
I was hoping to serve the chicken tikka masala over my favorite Trader Joe’s quick cook brown basmati rice, but I was all out! Instead I served it with steamed green beans and garlic naan from Trader Joe’s.
This dish was very flavorful and I couldn’t believe that I was able to make delicious chicken tikka masala at home with fairly easy to find ingredients. It does call for tumeric and garam masala (items that I don’t use regularly), but I was able to find both in the spice section of a large grocery store.
I am not suggesting that this is an authentic chicken tikka masala recipe, but I really enjoyed it and I can’t wait to make it again.