Chicken Tikka Masala

Photo: Brian Woodcock, Styling: Missie Neville Crawford  

This big-batch recipe is an unusual but brilliant choice for freezing. Moist chicken thighs hold up well, especially in the spicy tomato sauce. To make dinnertime even easier, use heat-and-eat pouches of precooked unseasoned basmati rice. Serve with lime wedges.

Yield: Serves 12 (serving size: 1/2 cup rice and about 1 cup chicken mixture)
Total:
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Recipe Time

Hands On: 45 Minutes
Total: 45 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 343
  • Fat: 12.3g
  • Saturated fat: 4.7g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 4.3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.4g
  • Protein: 25.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 31.4g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 122mg
  • Iron: 2.5mg
  • Sodium: 516mg
  • Calcium: 61mg

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh garlic
  • 2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 serrano chiles, minced
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/2 cup unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 2 (26.5-ounce) boxes chopped tomatoes (such as Pomì), undrained
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 6 cups hot cooked basmati rice
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Preparation

  1. 1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with 1 teaspoon salt, cumin, and cinnamon. Add half of chicken to pan; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring once. Remove chicken from pan. Repeat procedure with remaining chicken; remove from pan.
  2. 2. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil, onion, garlic, ginger, and serrano to pan; sauté 1 minute. Reduce heat to low; cook 5 minutes or until softened, stirring frequently. Add garam masala and red pepper; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add remaining 1 teaspoon salt, stock, half-and-half, and tomatoes, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low; stir in chicken. Simmer 6 minutes or until chicken is done. Remove from heat; stir in butter until butter melts. Serve over rice, or follow freezing instructions. Sprinkle with cilantro.
  3. TO FREEZE: Cool chicken mixture and rice to room temperature; seal in separate large zip-top plastic freezer bags. Lay bags flat in freezer; freeze up to 2 months.
  4. TO THAW: Microwave chicken mixture in bag at MEDIUM (50% power) for 4 minutes or until pliable. No need to thaw rice.
  5. TO REHEAT: Place sealed bag of chicken mixture in a large pot of boiling water; cook 10 minutes or until heated. Pour rice into a microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH 3 minutes.
Note:

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