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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

On Warm Bellies on a Snow Day (Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe)

My kids are picky.  
I mean seriously picky.  
A lot has to do with sensory processing issues, and the rest from sheer stubbornness I think.   I really don't understand it at all because as a kid I lived to try new foods.  My brother and I would beg for octopus or artichokes.  Things that I really didn't know other kids didn't want too.  
One thing my picky kids do like is Indian Food.   (Go figure.)  I guess the vegetables are sometimes so well hidden or changed with spices that they forget they are there?
Anyway, we have had a long weekend compounded with a snow day and we were all bored of the same old food, so I decided to make Chicken Tikka Masala for lunch yesterday.  

FYI, after a bit of research I realized that Indian Butter Chicken and Chicken Tikka Masala are actually the same thing, just in Butter Chicken the meat is usually left over and cut into cubes!  

I came up with this recipe.  I made it a bit on the un-spicy side because I wanted the younger three to enjoy it.  (Also left out onions which most recipes have.) I love Penzey's spices and order most of my spices from them online.  Their Tandoori Spice worked really well in this dish because it had much of what I wanted and nothing extra: coriander, cumin, sweet paprika, garlic, ginger, cardomom, and saffron. 
*FOR A VEGETARIAN OPTION YOU COULD USE ROASTED POTATOES, SQUASH, OR CAULIFLOWER INSTEAD OF THE CHICKEN.
bottle of Penzey's Tandoori Seasoning
*And no I'm not sponsored by Penzey's, but would love to be! :)

                  This is what I call "Chicken Quickka Tikka Masala."

Chicken Tikka Masala


It was really easy and turned out great!  And best of all... EVERYONE ate it!
*I don't have a "go to" naan recipe yet.  I just googled "naan" and made one.  I'll try and get a good one and post it later! 
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