Sunday, October 11, 2009

11. Chicken Tikka Masala "light"

Alrighty, another rockin' recipe! I got the frames for this one from the Halloween issue of Good Housekeeping. My mother makes this, in its full fatty goodness and I love it so much! It has to be one of my favorite dishes, but I'm sure with its full fat yogurt, and heavy whipping cream it makes a HUGE calorie bomb. Needless to say I was really excited to find this. I do not think it rises above its namesake, but dang it was so good! I did not add the extra salt. The only thing that I believe I will do differently next time is add some garam masala to the dish for an extra flavor punch. This one is a keeper! I served it with oven warmed whole wheat naan.

Chicken Tikka Masala - 8 points per serving
Makes 8 servings

27oz chicken breast
2 cups uncooked brown rice
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 medium onion diced
3 tsp ground ginger
2 cloves minced garlic
4 tbsp red curry paste
28-30oz diced tomatoes
3/4 cup fresh cilantro, 1/4 cup for garnish, chopped (I didnt have any fresh so I used 1/4th of a cup dried)
1 cup light cream
2tbsp vegetable oil
1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Prepare rice as label directs.

Meanwhile, in 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil on medium 1 minute. Add onion and cook 6 minutes, stirring frequently. Add ginger, garlic, and curry paste; cook 3 minutes longer.

Add chicken, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper and cook 2 minutes or until no longer pink on the outside, stirring occasionally. Add tomato; cover and cook 5 minutes longer or until chicken just loses its pink color throughout.

Uncover and stir in half-and-half and cilantro. Stir and recover. Simmer on low for 5 more minutes. Spoon rice into 8 shallow bowls; top with chicken mixture and garnish with chopped cilantro.


  1. Does the point value include the rice?

  2. Yes it does include rice. It comes out to about a half a cup cooked rice per serving.

  3. this was yummy >.< Ruby you must post my cake I made here...

  4. I would love to make this recipe for myself , but my kids loved the original recipe. I have tried but with no luck to get the original recipe from the internet, could u help me out? It would make my day,.... Thanks sooooo much....

  5. Hi Karen,

    I don't think that there is an original per say. It was invented in London, and there is no definitive recipe. I would find a base you like, and adapt it until you find one you love. In the mean time I can ask my mother for her recipe if you would like to start there? :)