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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23rd Apr, 2010
We loved this, and it was so easy to make, will definately be cooking it again.
3rd Nov, 2009
Loved this. Marinated some chicken in Tikka Massala paste for about an hour and then oven cooked it for 20 mins. Will definitely do again as its so easy
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31st Aug, 2009
This curry was enjoyed by the whole family. My 12 year old even went back for 2nds. I chopped and cooked an onion to start with then added diced uncooked chicken, after browning off the chicken I then followed the recipe. I was unsure about added ground almonds, but so glad I did it was soooooo yummy. I've put this in my favourites.
5th Aug, 2009
This is a really lovely curry. However, it did need a little bit more bulk. I marinated my own chicken (in tikka paste for a few hours) then cooked the chicken. I then added some large chunks of onion, and then followed the recipe above. Was lovely.
28th Jul, 2009
I marinated some chicken breast fillets in madras curry paste (it was what was in the fridge) then oven cooked them for 15 mins. I also added a couple of handfuls of frozen veg for some extra vits at the at the same time as the chicken.
14th May, 2009
The whole family loved this curry. I chose to blend the tomatoes, garlic, chillies and ginger into a puree then continued with the recipe as stated. I also substituted the chopped chicken for turkey, only because we are trying to be more lean !!! I will be putting adding this to my Fav.list. Many thanks for the recipe.
6th Apr, 2009
This is a top notch 1st class curry. I marinated my chicken in a sweet chilli mariade then flash fried it. It was very, very easy to make and I tripled my quantity. It was restuarant quality!!!!!
24th Jan, 2009
Great curry - had hoped to keep some for lunch the next day, but everyone wanted second helpings so it was all gone! I flash-fried the chicken in 'Pataks' tomato and chili curry paste and it worked perfectly. Thanks for the recipe, will be making it over and over again!
24th Jan, 2009
I have to say Steph, for such a quick curry this is pretty damn good. I was dubious at the point after adding the almonds and the sugar as it was a bit too sweet for my tatse. But rather than using chicken tikka I had marinated some chicken breast in a madras paste/yoghurt marinade and grilled before adding that and I think it was that which helped add a bit of a sour note which helped cut through the sweetness. So if you feel this curry is a bit sweet for you then a little yoghurt or a squeeze of lemon will help cut through the sweetness.
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16th Dec, 2008
Well i said i'd be back and here i am!!! What can i say except fabulous!!! Steph this was lovely, easy to make and went down an absolute treat. There was some left so my boyfriend took it to work with him. This gets the thumbs up from me!!!!


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