Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala

The Best Chicken Tikka Masala

I know that everyone thinks they have the “Best” Chicken Tikka Masala recipe but most of these food bloggers are cutting corners and they’re not honoring the full recipe.  Simple and easy recipes usually means that your not getting all of the flavor you could be enjoying if you put in just a little more love and finesse.  There are a ton of ingredients in this recipe.  In fact, probably the most I’ve ever published to date but after enjoying some Authentic Indian cuisine, Valentines Day, I decided this wasn’t a recipe I was going to cheat.  So I got to work on it, immediately, and I shopped around until I found all of the ingredients I needed to make the Best Chicken Tikka Masala recipe.

Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala Seasoning

The most common ingredient in Chicken Tikka Masala is Garam Masala.  Though, you can buy it as one seasoning, it’s really a combination of several other ingredients indigenous to India.  Ironically, though, Chicken Tikka comes from India, the Masala recipe was created in England for locals that preferred a gravy with their Chicken Tikka and rice.  So if you put the two together, you now have Chicken Tikka Masala and they both have the Garam Masala seasoning in them.

Other Ingredients in this recipe include Cardamom powder, which I have seen used as green and black seeds in recipes that use a blender and a sieve to strain the sauce.  Also Fenugreek Leaves are usually used but I could only find the powder.  I think everything else is more commonly known, like Cumin, Tumeric, Red Chili Powder(which shouldn’t be taken lightly), Coriander, Cinnamon and Clove.
Chicken Tikka Masala

The Chicken Tikka Masala Marinade

In the video tutorial, I show you how to make the Chicken Tikka Masala Marinade and this can be used the exact same way to prepare either chicken or shrimp.  Again, the Garam Masala is used for marinating but the easiest way to add in all of the other ingredients is to just mix them altogether from the start, then add spoon fulls to both the marinade and the Masala, separately.  The Seasoning recipe below provides you with enough spice to have a little left over, which is great on steaks, roasts and seafood.  Also, the marinade calls for Curd or plain Yogurt.  Use which ever is available to you.  I went deep with it and bought Greek.  On a side note, instead of Heavy Whipping Cream, I also bought Crema or Table Cream from the Mexican Food section in my dairy.

If you’re interested in trying my Plain or Garlic Naan recipe, to go along with this dish, I highly recommend it.  I also make a mean Curry Chicken Salad!

Chicken Tikka Masala Ingredients:

1 lbs Chicken or Shrimp

1 tbsp Garlic, chopped
1 tbsp Ginger, chopped
1/4 cup Curd or Plain Yogurt
1 cup Table Cream or Heavy Whipping
4 cups Tomato Puree
1/2 Red Onion Chopped
1 bunch Coriander Leaves, chopped
1 Lemon, squeezed
2 tbsp Butter
2 tbsp Olive Oil, for cooking
1/2 tsp Salt

Seasoning
2 tbsp Garam Masala
1 to 2 tbsp Red Chili Powder, to taste(spicy)
2 tbsp Cumin Powder
1 tsp Tumeric Powder
2 tbsp Coriander Powder
1 tsp Fenugreek Powder or Leaves(preferred)
1 tbsp Cardamom Powder
1 tsp Cinnamon Powder
1/2 tsp Clove, ground

Salt and Pepper to Taste

I use half of the garlic and ginger, all of the curd/yogurt, lemon juice, salt, and 2 heaping tbsp’s of the seasoning mix to marinade the chicken or shrimp. I use approximately 4 heaping tbsp of the seasoning mix for the sauce but you need to play that by ear and adjust the salt and pepper to taste. Just be sure to watch the short video tutorial so that you can see exactly how to make this Chicken Tikka Masala.

Pork Chorizo – How to make Chorizo from Scratch

Pork Chorizo

The Best Pork Chorizo

This Pork Chorizo recipe is excellent and on point.  It’s got everything you want in a great Chorizo and it’s fun and easy to make.  In this post and video tutorial, I show you how to make sausage stuffed in hog casings and I give you the option of making sausage links that you can grill or make a real pasty Chorizo that you can combine with Eggs for breakfast, homemade Chili or some amazing burritos like this Chimichanga recipe.

Pork Chorizo

Making Pork Chorizo From Scratch

You’re going to need a good Pork Roast and either Pork Belly Fat or Fat Back.  I use 3 parts, a 2 to 1 ratio; 2 parts Pork to 1 part fat.  I cut everything down into portions that will fit through my meat grinder and then mix in all of my other ingredients.  From there it’s like clock work, stuffing the hog casings and twisting links.  Now there are some alternatives to this recipe that I’d like to mention.  If you don’t want to make sausage links you can twist the sausage up in saran wrap and I show you how to do that in my Italian Sausage video found HERE.

If you want a pasty Pork Chorizo, you’re going to want to make my homemade Enchilada Sauce and add it to this recipe.  There’s nothing else like it.  My recipe is thick and pure, so you’ll want to check it out before you decide to add your own or resort to a canned product.

If you’re interested in more recipes that use a kitchen aide to stuff hog casings, you should take a look at my Cajun Boudin recipe.

Pork Chorizo Ingredients:

2 lbs Pork Shoulder/Butt, ground
1 lbs Pork Belly Fat or Fat Back, ground

3 Garlic Cloves, chopped
2 tbsp Salt
1 tsp Pepper
1/4 cup Smoked Paprika
1 tbsp Cumin
1 tbsp Corn Syrup or Brown Sugar
1 tbsp Chili flakes
1 1/2 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
1/4 Lard or Shortening

1 cup Enchilada Sauce, optional (CLICK HERE)

Follow the directions in my Pork Chorizo video tutorial and I’ll show you how easy this recipe is to make.

Grilled Honey Chipotle Chicken Wings with Tequila and Lime

Chicken Wings

The Best Chicken Wings Ever

These Honey Chipotle chicken Wings are, by far, the best wings I have ever had.  They are sweet and savory, they are crispy and spicy yet incredibly tender and juicy on the inside.  They have best flavor of just about any barbecue sauce and we’ll talk about the secret to that in just a minute.  But I definitely think that the grilling definitely takes this recipe to a whole new level.  But don’t let that scare you if you don’t have a grill.  I think these spicy buffalo style wings would still be absolutely fantastic fried in oil or baked in the oven.

Chicken Wings

Honey Chipotle Chicken Wings Sauce

This Chicken Wing Sauce is phenomenal.  I mean it.  I’t fantastic.  My secret for this recipe is definitely in the sauce.  I use Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce to start, then I add a couple of Chipotle peppers in Adobo Sauce and a fresh clove of Garlic but it doesn’t end there.  Since it’s got that pepper spice I balance it out with Tequila and Lime.  Now, of course, the Tequila is optional but the lime is definitely essential because it adds that Mexican style flavor everyone loves in their Mexican food.  But if you’re not shy, I highly recommend following this recipe to a “T” and add that Tequila.  It takes this Honey Chipotle Chicken Wing Sauce to whole new level.

Be sure to check out my Wasabi Chicken Wings and my Ranch Chicken Wings!

Honey Chipotle Chicken Wings Ingredients:

3 to 4 lbs Chicken Wings

Chicken Wing Brine
4 cups Water
1/4 cup Salt
2 cups Ice

Honey Chipotle Sauce
1 cup BBQ Sauce (Sweet Baby Rays)
2 Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce, blended
1 Garlic Clove, chopped
1/3 cup Honey
2 oz Tequila
1 Lime, freshly squeezed

Grill Chicken Wings over medium heat for 20 minutes, turning every 5.