Chicken Makhani
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Chicken Makhani

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Serves 2

This is a cheat's version, fabulously flavoursome, extremely easy and quick and very low in fat!

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  • 230g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon tomato puree
  • 2-3 cm piece grated root ginger
  • 2 or 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1-2 green chillis, deseeded (or leave them in if you like it hot!)
  • 200ml chicken stock
  • 15g ground almonds
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 200g pack of cooked chicken tikka fillets (i use tesco)
  • 1 tbsp reduced fat butter
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • bunch fresh coriander


    1. Place chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, ginger, garlic, chillis, chicken stock in a saucepan and simmer fairly briskly, uncovered, for about 10 minutes, until the sauce has thickened and reduced.
    2. Stir in the ground almonds, sugar and chicken pieces, heating through gently for about 7 minutes.
    3. Stir in the butter, garam masala and coriander. Serve straightaway, with some plain boiled rice or a naan bread.
    4. Enjoy!

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12th Mar, 2011
Really wasn't sure about this recipe as I don't normaly cheat, but gave it a go anyway and I am glad I did, definately one I will be doing again and again. I couldn't bring myself to buy Tikka fillets, so roasted boned chicken thighs in yoghurt, lime juice, termeric and tikka mix first and it still turned out well. Absolutely delicious, I just wish there were more curry recipies like this, come on Steph after all the reviews its time to post another curry recipe.
12th Oct, 2010
I've made this twice now, once for a party (and everyone loved it, 8 of us) and just now for my dinner! So easy to make and very tasty, although I love it, I wouldn't really call it a makhani. The first time I made it I marinaded it with tikka paste, but didn't bother this time&wouldn't really say you could taste the difference, I also added an onion to start. Just got some more chicken out of the freezer to make some more! Yum yum!
10th Oct, 2010
Great recipe and so quick! I originally bought fresh chicken as suggested above but forgot to take it out of the freezer so a pack of pre-cooked tikka pieces as originally suggested worked brilliantly. I also used tinned cherry tomatoes instead of chopped (another accident!) which gave a nice light taste.
18th Sep, 2010
Excellent recipe. So much taste with little effort! I also start with frying some onions and marinating my chicken and like to throw in a few spices to add more of a kick. Thanks!
24th Aug, 2010
Made this last night and though I didn't expect was wonderful. Will make it again and again!
3rd Jul, 2010
Loved it! Made it with Lamb once and chicken the first time,marinating the meat rather then buying ready done. Lovely curry!
30th Jun, 2010
Just made this for dinner to use up chicken from yesterdays roast and it was fantastic. So easy and quick to make and really tasty. Have e-mailed recipe to my Mum. Thanks will be making again soon
15th Jun, 2010
can't wait to cook this, my mouths watering reading the reviews!
11th May, 2010
This was so delicious. Better than a take away & much healthier. I used two green chillies (& kept the seeds in) and added some green beans and flaked almonds as well. Definitely not bland. Thanks for a great recipe!
10th May, 2010
Brilliant, and so easy. Can't believe how tasty this is.


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