For years, this was the most popular recipe on Food and Wine.com. It was included in the 40th Anniversary edition of Food and Wine magazine titled “Our 40 Best-Ever Recipes.” I have tried several recipes from this wonderful collection.
This is an easy version of this classic and popular Indian dish. I especially loved it because the sauce was so amazing. The original recipe makes a note that the marinade and sauce are also delicious with shrimp, lamb, and vegetables.
The recipe was adapted from Food and Wine, contributed by Grace Parisi. I doubled the garlic and used slivered almonds. We ate it over brown Basmati rice with warm naan and sautéed spinach. Yum!
For the Marinade:
- In a large glass or stainless steel bowl, combine the yogurt, garlic, ginger, cumin, coriander, cardamom, cayenne and turmeric. Season with salt and pepper.
- Using a sharp knife, make a few shallow slashes in each piece of chicken. Add the chicken to the marinade, turn to coat and refrigerate overnight.
- Preheat the broiler and position a rack about 8 inches from the heat.
- Remove the chicken from the marinade; scrape off as much of the marinade as possible.
- Season the chicken with salt and pepper and spread the pieces on a baking sheet. Broil the chicken, turning once or twice, until just cooked through and browned in spots, about 12 minutes.
- Transfer to a cutting board and cut it into 2-inch pieces.
- Meanwhile, in a small skillet, heat 1 teaspoon of the oil.
- Add the almonds and cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until golden, about 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the almonds to a plate and let cool completely. In a food processor, pulse the almonds until finely ground.
- In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil until shimmering.
- Add the onion, garlic and ginger and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until tender and golden, about 8 minutes.
- Add the garam masala, chile powder and cayenne and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
- Add the tomatoes with their juices and the sugar and season with salt and pepper.
- Cover partially and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is slightly thickened, about 20 minutes.
- Add the cream and ground almonds and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 10 minutes longer.
- Stir in the chicken and pan drippings; simmer gently for 10 minutes, stirring frequently, and serve.
I can’t wait to try your version! Looks great! Thanks for always inspiring me in the kitchen!
You are the best. 🙂 ❤ I know that you will love this version!
Looks great – I have been wanting to make Chicken Tikka Massala for a very long time. Maybe now I will!
This is definitely a tried and true recipe! LMK what you think. 🙂
For some reason I could not print out the list of ingredients (I think this has happened before) so I just went to the original Food and Wine recipe 🙂
UGH- I don’t know why that happens! I apologize. I hope that you enjoy it as much as we did. 🙂