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What's For Dinner: Chicken Tikka Masala


One of our favorite's meals for dinner is actually a recipe that I learned while living overseas from my dear friend Katie B, who actually learned from her friend who was living in India at the time but came to visit her in N.Africa... did you follow all of that?! We fixed it numerous times while living overseas and then as soon as I returned home, I began making this for Dan and of course he LOVED it! This past week, for his birthday dinner party with our friends, we had an Indian Dinner night.  On the menu for the evening was chicken tikka masala over rice, spicy black bean hummus, and curried corn and of course Naan. It was lots of fun to spend the evening with friends and celebrate Dan too. Oh we also had a Darth Vader Birthday Cake & IceCream that didn't really fit the Indian themed dinner party but did go along with the Star Wars birthday week!! (more on that later...)

Enjoy the recipe that Katie tweaked for us and is oh so YUMMY!!! 


  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • salt to taste
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • salt to taste
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. In a large bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, 2 teaspoons cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, black pepper, ginger, and salt. Stir in chicken, cover, and refrigerate for at least an hour - the longer the better!! 
  2. Cook chicken in a large skillet until juices run clear, about 5 minutes on each side. (you will discard the extra marinade) Remove chicken from skillet. 
  3. Melt butter in the same large skillet over medium heat. Saute garlic for 1 minute. Season with 2 teaspoons cumin, paprika, and salt. Stir in tomato sauce and cream. Simmer on low heat until sauce thickens, about 20 minutes. Add chicken, and simmer for 10 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter, and garnish with fresh cilantro.
  4. Serve over rice and with Naan - so yummy!! 


This pic was actually taken when Katie cooked this yummy dish in N. Africa!! I forgot to pull out the camera when we had our friends over this past week.... oh well...