Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Quick & Easy Indian Inspired Meals

Winter is finally working its way out and we often find ourselves "in between seasons" when it comes to dinner ideas during this time of year.  We have spent the winter nights warming our bellies with soups, stews and comfort foods and are starting to crave the fresh foods that spring and summer bring.  Since we haven't quite turned the corner into spring and are getting tired of our typical winter meals, we like to use this time of year to get a little creative in the kitchen with meals that will still warm you from the inside out, but won't leave you feeling weighted down like comfort foods can sometimes do.

The aromatic spices used in Indian cooking are unique compared to those we typically find in American cuisine and they always intrigue us.  Garam Masala, cumin, curry and turmeric are a few staples in Indian cuisine and they help to create a robust, flavorful meal.  With busy schedules and limited time to cook meals during the weeknights we often look for quick, easy, flavorful shortcuts - such as these new Indian inspired simmering sauces.

Chicken Tikka Masala
Serves 4-6
Creamy in consistency, light in color but uniquely bold in flavor, Tikka Masala takes taste buds in new directions by delivering layers of interesting spice combinations that open worlds of flavorful possibilities. Aromatic and delicious. Tikka Masala is a wonderfully robust recipe that is enjoyed worldwide.

  • 1 jar Stonewall Kitchen Tikka Masala Simmering Sauce
  • 1 cup whole milk plain yogurt (low-fat yogurt can be substituted)
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1/4-1/2 cup Chicken or Vegetable stock if needed
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  1. Combine 2 tablespoons Tikka Masala Sauce and yogurt in a medium-size bowl.  Add chicken and stir to coat.  Cover and refrigerate.  Allow to marinate 1-2 hours.
  2. Place chicken on a greased foil lined rimmed baking sheet.  Position oven rack 6 inches away from the heating element, heat broiler.  Broil chicken until the internal temperature is 160 degrees F.  There will be some charred spots on the chicken.  Flip chicken breasts halfway through cooking.  Cut cooked chicken into 1-inch cubes.
  3. Pour Tikka Masala Sauce into a saute pan.  Add chicken and juices and simmer over medium-low heat for 15-30 minutes.  Add chicken or vegetable stock to thin sauce if needed.
  4. Serve over rice garnished with cilantro

Butter Chicken
Serves 4-6
Sometimes known as Murgh Makhani in Indian restaurants, our Butter Chicken recipe features a rich, creamy sauce made with tomatoes, ethnic spices and simple ingredients like onion, butter and peppers.

  1. Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat oil and butter in a large heavy straight sided saute pan over medium-high heat until it shimmers, but does not smoke.  Add chicken in small batches and saute until they are a rich golden brown on all sides.  Set chicken aside and continue with remaining chicken.  When all batches are done, drain any remaining fat.
  3. Return chicken to pan and add Butter Chicken Sauce.  Simmer 10-15 minutes until hot.  Serve over jasmine rice and garnish with chopped cilantro.

Also try our Coconut Curry Simmering Sauce!

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