Spicy Tomato Chicken Masala

This chicken is tangy, spicy, and richly fulfilling.  The vibrant spices really make the meal not only taste divine but also make it incredibly captivating for the eyes.  What’s even better is that it is super easy to cook.

Spicy Tomato Chicken Masala
Serves 4-6 full portions

Spice Mix:
1 teaspoon tumeric
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
Pinch cardamon
Pinch nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
3 large cloves of garlic, pressed
2 serrano chilis, minced with seeds included
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons red curry paste
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 lime, juiced

Spicy Tomato Chicken Masala:
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 cups diced onion
3 cups diced tomato
4 cups diced chicken breast
2 teaspoons arrow root
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Coarsely chopped cilantro, garnish
Kasmati rice, cooked according to package instructions

In a medium bowl, mix spice ingredients and whisk until a smooth paste forms.  Next, add canola oil to a dutch oven and bring to a medium-high heat.  Add in onions and tomatoes and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring several times.  Next, mix in spice mix and add in chicken.  Stir until all ingredients are coated with spices and cover and reduce the heat to a simmer.  Simmer covered for 25-30 minutes until chicken is fully cooked and tender.  Next, in a small bowl mix arrow root with 2 teaspoons of cold water until you have created a paste.  Whisk that paste into your chicken mixture in order to thicken the sauce.  Continue to stir till sauce has thickened.  Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper.  Serve warm on a bed of kasmati rice with cilantro leaves as garnish. Enjoy!



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