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Dinner Winner Chicken Dinner

February 28, 2011

Ok so before I tell you about my fabulous dinner, I must show off a new Trader Joe find.

These hard, sourdough pretzels are UH-MAZ-ING!

If you’re in the mood for a salty snack, go pick these up!

Think of the dipping possibilities! Although they are quite delicious on their own.


Today was inventory day at work [blegh]. We finished pretty fast so I got off work early [around 2!!].  It  was so nice out, I wanted to enjoy some of it, so I came home, changed, and ate a quick lunch.  Then I went off to Trader Joe’s and Target to pick up a few things.  I rode in my car with my sunroof open and the music turned up.  However it didn’t stay beautiful for long, a storm was a brewin’.

I was so excited for dinner tonight.  I bookmarked a recipe for Chicken Tikka Masala from Jenna over at Eat, Live, Run a couple weeks ago, and have been dying to try it out!!  With a storm reeking havoc outside in Charlotte, I figured it was a perfect night to cook a good dinner and cozy up on my couch. This dinner did not disappoint.

FYI * I made a few changes just because I didn’t have it on hand.

First I made the marinade.  It consisted of plain yogurt, garam masala, lime juice, canola oil, salt and pepper, chili powder, curry powder, ginger, garlic, cumin.

I just blended it up with my immersion blender.  Pretty tasty.

Then I cubed up a decent size chicken breast and stuck it in the marinade.

I only had time to marinate the chicken for two, three hours tops.  I’m sure the longer you leave it in, the more flavorful it will be, obviously…

Once marinated, I transferred the chicken to a sheet pan.

I popped them in the oven on BROIL for about six minutes each side, flipping them after six minutes.

While the chicken was bubbling away, I started the sauce.  It had a lot of the same flavors which was easy.   I chopped one onion and sauteed it until translucent.

Then I added minced garlic and ginger.

Then I added the spices.  I used garam masala, chili powder, curry powder, salt and pepper.

Then I added a can of diced tomatoes and cream, gave it a stir, and let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes.

I cooked up some basmati rice earlier [hehehe].  So I served the chicken tikka masala over that.

So juicy and delicious.  The spices really make all the difference in Indian cooking.  Toasting them just makes them even more flavorful.

You didn’t think I would forget about the naan did you???

Silly, silly readers…

I can’t wait for these leftovers.  Seriously.  Kudos to Jenna for the inspiration.  See her original recipe at the link above ^^.


P.S.  These are still haunting me.

If you don’t hear from me tomorrow, SEND HELP!!!!

Gossip Girl time!


Vanessa 🙂

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Craig permalink
    March 2, 2011 4:11 am

    Hey nessa! Looks good but when is trader joes going to put you on the pay roll. lol

    • March 2, 2011 9:01 am

      HAHA!! Wouldn’t that be amazing?? I’m so obsessed with that store, it’s becoming a problem for my wallet and waistline!!!! 🙂

  2. March 2, 2011 5:12 pm

    I LOOVE that bowl you used to serve in… so pretty and colorful! Also, those brownies look amaaazing.

    • March 2, 2011 6:20 pm

      Thanks!! I thought the colorful dish went well with the exotic, Indian, spicy meal! And while those brownies were amazing, they were LETHAL! 🙂

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