Chicken Tikka Masala

This lengthy list of ingredients is worth it for the final taste in this Asian style pizza.

Chicken Tikka Masala Pizza (Source)

Ingredients:

10 oz skinless/boneless chicken breast cut into ½ inch cubes

1 tablespoon butter

2 cloves garlic, minced

½ jalapeno, deseeded

Salt to taste

One store bought pizza crust

Olive oil for brushing

¼ onion, thinly sliced

1 cup mozzarella cheese

Handful of coriander leaves/cilantro chopped (save some for garnish)

 

Marinade:

½ tsp ground cumin

½ tsp ground cayenne pepper

½ tsp ground garam masala

½ tsp minced fresh ginger

¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp ground black pepper

1 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp plain yogurt

Pinch of cinnamon

 

Tomato Sauce:

4 oz tomato sauce

2 tbsp plain yogurt

2 tbsp heavy cream

 

Spice Mix:

½ tsp cumin

½ tsp paprika

½ tsp garam masala

 

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, mix the marinade ingredients. Marinate the chicken for at least one hour in the refrigerator.
  2. Line a layer of aluminum foil in baking pan for grilling. Spread the marinated chicken in a single layer in the pan. Discard the remaining marinade. Grill the chicken at 450F for 6-7 minutes, turning half way through.
  3. While chicken is cooking, prepare the Tomato Sauce and Spice Mix in separate bowls. Remove chicken from baking pan when it is done and discard the juice.
  4. Heat a small sauce pan and melt butter. Sauté the garlic and jalapeno until aromatic. Pour in the Spice Mix and sauté until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes on medium heat. Remove the jalapeno and discard.
  5. Add in the Tomato Sauce and stir to mix well. Sprinkle salt to taste and continue to simmer while sauce thickens, another 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and add the chicken meat into the sauce and mix well.
  6. Preheat the oven to 450F. Place the pizza crust on a pizza pan and brush lightly with olive oil. Spread the sauce/gravy on the pizza crust. Sprinkle ½ cup of cheese. Arrange the chicken on the pizza. Top it with sliced onions, chopped cilantro and remaining cheese.
  7. Reduce the heat to 425F. Bake the pizza for 8-10 minutes. Remove the pizza from the pan when it is done and garnish with remaining chopped cilantro.
Posted on July 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM