In less time than it took me to write this blog, I prepared a fresh hot meal using ingredients from Alan’s Orchard and Savory Spice Shop. Forget takeout and delivery, cooking this meal is faster & fresher. Next time you are ambling around downtown, add these 2 stores to your list. If you are super efficient you can even get to both stores within the complementary 15 minutes allotted with a press of a button on the meter. Then set aside 20 minutes at home to make this.
This Chicken Tikka Masala is not only fresh, it’s bursting with flavor. First, stop at Alan’s Orchard on Quimby and pick up your organic half & half, Murrays boneless skinless breasts, Fage 0% Greek strained yogurt with honey, and a Jersey Fresh tomato sauce. Murrays is interesting – they have a code and a website and you can learn more about the family farm where your dinner was raised. Get your frozen yogurt, then head over to Savory Spice Shop on Broad Street. The Tikka Masala is their most popular spice blend and I understand why. I also purchased dried cilantro and tomato powder (if you do not use tomato sauce). You can purchase the spices in small plastic ziploc bags or bring in an old spice container and they will take $1 off your new purchase.
The chicken is cooked in 5 stages, each with a new layer of flavor and texture added every three minutes. First you cube the chicken and brown it in olive oil. Then you add the Tikka Masala rub, which is the powder combined in equal parts with extra virgin olive oil and water and blended. Next the tomato, water & honey mixture, then the yogurt and half & half mixture. Serve immediately!