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Photo by SteFou! Don't forget the naan. You'll need it to sop up your rich and creamy chicken tikka masala.
Chicken tikka masala is a popular restaurant dish made up of chicken tikka -- or bits of yogurt-marinated chicken baked in a clay oven called a tandoor -- that are smothered in a creamy masala, or spice mix, sauce before serving.
Though chicken tikka has its roots onthe Indian subcontinent, chicken tikka masala is said to have been created in an Indian restaurant in the United Kingdom. Some say it was Pakistani chef Ali Ahmed Aslam who first developed the dish at his restaurant in the west end of Glasgow, while others claim the dish originated in Birmingham or Newcastle. Regardless of where it was born, the deeply rich and spicy chicken dish, similar in taste to butter chicken but with less emphasis on the butter, has become a popular item throughout India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the U.K., and the U.S., among many other places.
There is no set recipe, but the heavy-cream-based sauce usually incorporates tomatoes and spices like coriander, turmeric, garam masala, and paprika, all of which help to give the sauce its signature orange tint.More »