Tuesday, March 30, 2010
This Pioneer Woman recipe is a little more complicated than most of my recipes, but after hearing glowing reports from a friend I couldn't wait to give it a try. I started to get nervous while I made it, since I had never even used half of the spices before (thank goodness they were 50%-off that week), but man oh man, was I glad I stuck with it. It was full of flavor, had a lovely presentation, came together easier than I expected, and pleased the munchkins too. This is definitely going on the "I'm trying to impress someone" recipe list! Yum, yum!
3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
kosher salt, to taste
ground coriander, to taste
cumin, to taste
1/2 cup plain yogurt
2 Tbs. butter
1 large yellow onion (I used red, which tasted fine, but gave the sauce an off-color)
4 cloves garlic, pressed
1 Tbs. salt
1 piece (2-inches) fresh ginger, grated or minced finely
3 Tbs. garam masala (a spice that can be easily found in most well-stocked grocery stores or here's a recipe for a homemade version)
1 cans (28-oz.) crushed tomatoes (I used diced tomatoes, but would have preferred the smoother texture of crushed)
1 Tbs. sugar
1-1/2 cups heavy cream
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1 serrano pepper, diced (optional)
2 cups basmati rice (no substitutions)
4 Tbs. butter
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbs. ground turmeric
4 cups water
1 cup frozen peas
DIRECTIONS: To a rice cooker, add 2 cups basmati rice, 4 tablespoons butter, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon ground turmeric, and 4 cups of water. Cover, turn your rice cooker on and walk away. Or if you're like me and don't have a rice cooker, saute the dry rice in the butter until lightly browned,
then add the rest of the ingredients (except the frozen peas), cover and cook as directed.
Start by seasoning the chicken breasts with some kosher salt. Next sprinkle them on both sides with some coriander and cumin.
Remove from oven (or grill). Chop up into 1-inch chunks. Set aside.
Next dice one large onion. In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium high heat. Toss in the onions and saute until they are slightly browned. As the onions cook, mince your garlic. Next, cut off the outer skin and mince or grate a 1 x 2-inch piece of fresh ginger. Add the garlic and ginger to the onions. Then add about 1 tablespoon of salt and 3 tablespoons of Garam Masala spice and if desired, the chopped serrano pepper.
Next add the can of crushed or diced tomatoes and 1 tablespoon sugar, while you continue to stir. Let the mixture simmer on medium heat for about 5 minutes.
After the Tikka Masala sauce has had a chance to simmer, stir in the 1-1/2 cups of heavy cream and chopped chicken breasts. Stir well and add in the chopped cilantro. Simmer for 1-2 minutes.
When rice is done, stir in the frozen peas. The heat will cook them just perfectly. It tastes great and adds a nice dash of color.
Serve the rice with the Chicken Tikka Masala sauce over top. Serve warm with Naan bread. Enjoy!