Chicken Tikka Masala

I've been cooking this almost weekly for nearly two years. It's a favorite of the Hubs and during the winter it's so delicious and warm and during the summer, it's great to sit outside and relax while it's cooking on the grill.

Adapted from Allrecipes
(I removed ALL the of the salt from the original recipe. There was so much it could have given a healthy person a heart attack.)

Chicken Marinade
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
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
4 long skewers

Sauce Repipe**
1 tablespoon butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons paprika
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Combine yogurt, lemon juice, 2 teaspoons cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, black pepper, ginger, and 4 teaspoons salt. Stir in chicken, cover, and refrigerate for at least an hour. (We usually make a day in advance and throw it in the fridge to really let all the flavors soak in.)

Preheat a grill for high heat. We use a countertop Cuisinart Griller (Use to use a George Forman.)

Thread chicken onto skewers. Place skewers on grill and baste with a little extra marinadte. Grill until juices run clear, 5-7 minutes on each side. If you don't want them super crispy/grilled turn often.

For the sauce, melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and jalapeno and saute for 1-2 minutes. Add 2 teaspoons of each cumin and paprika. Stir in tomato sauce. Add cream and mix thoroughly. Once mixed simmer on medium heat until sauce thickents. Add grilled chicken, and simmer. We usually simmer for at least 20-30 minutes to allow all the flavors to develope. Serve over Rice. (The hubs prefers Jasmine rice, I prefer brown rice. Garnish with cilantro and serve.

**We usually double the sauce recipe. The hubs loves the sauce and thought there wasn't quite enough with the usual recipe.

3-4 Servings depending on who's eating it and how much!

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