Chicken Tikka Masala with Rice Recipe | Abel & Cole

Chicken Tikka Masala with Rice

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Serves4 people
Chicken Tikka Masala with Rice

A takeaway classic that can be ready and waiting when you get home, this curry simmers tender diced chicken leg in a tomato sauce spiked with tikka spices and ginger heat. Served with fluffy white rice and fresh coriander.

Ingredients

  • 500g diced chicken leg
  • 2 onions
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • A thumb of ginger
  • 400g vine tomatoes
  • 40g tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp tikka masala spice mix
  • 100g baby leaf spinach
  • A large handful of coriander
  • 300g white basmati rice
  • 150g Greek style yogurt
  • 1 tbsp olive, sunflower or coconut oil
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 200ml water (hob method)
  • 600ml hot water
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Method

1. Place a frying pan or casserole dish on the hob for 1 min. When warm, drizzle in 1 tbsp oil and add the diced chicken leg. Fry for 8 mins, turning once, till browned all over, then lift into a bowl.
2. While the chicken browns, peel and finely slice the onions. Peel and grate the garlic and ginger. Finely chop the tomatoes. From this point, follow either the slow cooker or the hob method.
3. Slow cooker: Tip the chicken into a 3½ltr slow cooker. Keep the pan you cooked the chicken in on the heat and add the onions – no need to add more oil. Fry, stirring, for 4-5 mins to slightly soften them.
4. Add the garlic and ginger to the onions and fry for 1 min. Tip the onion mix in to the slow cooker with the chicken. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and 2 tbsp tikka masala spice mix. Add a good pinch of salt and pepper. Gently stir together then pop the lid on the slow cooker.
5. Set the slow cooker to medium and cook for 6-7 hrs, or for a faster stew, set the slow cooker to high and cook for 5-6 hrs, or set it to low and cook for 8-10 hrs.
6. Roughly chop the baby spinach leaves. Finely chop the coriander stalks and roughly chop the leaves, keeping them separate.
7. When the chicken has 20 mins left to cook, prepare the rice by rinsing it under cold water then tipping it into a pan. Pour in 600ml boiling water from your kettle. Add a pinch of salt. Cover. Bring to the boil. Turn the heat right down. Very gently simmer for 8 mins till all the water has been absorbed. Take off the heat. Leave the rice to steam in the pan, lid on, for 5-8 mins while you finish the chicken.
8. Stir the yogurt, coriander stalks and the spinach leaves into the chicken. Pop the lid back on for 1-2 mins to wilt the spinach and warm the sauce.
9. Taste the curry and add more salt or pepper if you think it needs it. Serve the tikka masala with a plenty of fluffy rice, topped with a scattering of the coriander leaves.
10. On the hob: Scoop the chicken onto a plate and set aside. Add the onions to the pan and cook gently for 6 mins, stirring, till softened and lightly coloured.
11. Add the garlic and ginger to the pan and cook for 1 min. Meanwhile, fill your kettle and boil it.
12. Add the chicken back to the pan. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and 2 tbsp tikka masala spice mix. Pour in 200ml hot water from the kettle and add a good pinch of salt and pepper. Gently stir everything together then pop on the lid.
13. Bring to a bubble then simmer for 1 hr, adding more water if you need to. Roughly chop the baby spinach leaves. Finely chop the coriander stalks and roughly chop the leaves. Keep them separate.
14. When the chicken has 20 mins left to cook, prepare the rice by rinsing it under cold water then tipping it into a pan. Pour in 600ml boiling water from your kettle. Add a pinch of salt. Cover, bring to the boil then turn the heat right down. Simmer for 8 mins till all the water has been absorbed. Take off the heat. Leave the rice to steam in the pan, lid on, for 5-8 mins while you finish the chicken.
15. Stir the yogurt, coriander stalks and spinach leaves into the curry. Pop the lid back on for 1-2 mins to wilt the spinach and warm the sauce.
16. Taste the tikka masala and add more salt or pepper if you think it needs it. Serve the curry with plenty of fluffy rice, topped with a scattering of the coriander leaves.
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