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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 370.2
  • Total Fat: 16.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 102.7 mg
  • Sodium: 386.3 mg
  • Total Carbs: 12.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.2 g
  • Protein: 43.0 g

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Chicken Tikka Masala

Submitted by: PSDAHRI
Chicken Tikka Masala

Introduction

A traditional and very popular Indian chicken dish which is bursting full of flavour and colour A traditional and very popular Indian chicken dish which is bursting full of flavour and colour
Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients

    • 3 Chicken breasts diced small
    • 4 Tbsp olive oil
    • 5 cardamom pods
    • 2 onions chopped finely
    • 2 tsp fresh ginger finely chopped
    • 2 tsp garlic, chopped
    • 1 tsp cumin powder
    • 1 tsp coriander powder
    • 1 tsp turmeric powder
    • 1 Tbsp chilli
    • 1 tsp garam masala
    • 2 tbsp tomato puree
    • Salt to taste
    • Coriander to garnish

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Directions

Put the oil into a pan over a medium heat. When hot, add the cardamom pods. Add the onions and cook while stirring, until brown. Add the spices , garlic, cumin, coriander, turmeric, garam masala and chilli and stir. Add the remaining ingredients. Add the tomato and tomato purée and stir until thoroughly combined. Pour in the water and bring to a gentle simmer, stirring constantly. Taste the sauce and season with salt.
Add the chicken cubes and mix well into the masala. Simmer for 10-12 minutes, until the chicken is cooked and tender. Garnish and serve .


Number of Servings: 4

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user PSDAHRI.






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  • Incredible!
    42 of 42 people found this review helpful
    This is the umpteeth time I have used this recipe, and while the tomatoes and water are not listed in the ingredients, I've always just added a couple 14 oz cans of diced tomatoes and a cup of water. Works out great. My husband is from Kerala, and he agrees this one is a keeper.
    - 9/13/08

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  • 23 of 25 people found this review helpful
    I'd love to try this. Not sure what garam masala is, or where to find it. Other than that, I'm all set to make it though... :/ - 8/30/08

    Reply from PSDAHRI (12/5/08)
    Hello,
    Sorry to reply so late.. Garam Masala is a blend of spices you can get from Indian Shops or from Sainsbury or Asda.
    You need:
    Coriander seeds, cummin seeds, few cloves, cardamon, cinammun stick
    The bulk is Coriander seeds, and quarter of that is cummin seeds, rest is only small qty. Grind


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  • 19 of 24 people found this review helpful
    I substituted tofu for chicken, added some water, half a packet of splenda, and 2 Tbsp sour cream, a little bit of salt and some red pepper flakes to make it more like the way I get it at the restaurant. It was amazing! Thank you so much!! - 2/21/08

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  • Incredible!
    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
    This was delicious! I didn't have any Garam Masala, so I used curry seasoning which I think still made the dish taste scrumptious! You definitely didn't need the 4 Tbsp of oil, but I did have to guess on the water... Will definitely make again! - 6/1/09

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  • Incredible!
    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
    Regarding missing items = I just added a 27 oz can of diced tomatos and no water. Very good! - 7/20/08

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  • Incredible!
    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
    This was very very good! We both enjoyed the different spices (and therefore minimal need of salt, though we did use more than a dash). I also used 1 t. dried chillis (perfect heat, maybe too much for most), 2/3 c. water, 1.5 diced tomotoes (no paste or canned tomatoes), and served over brown rice - 5/23/07

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  • Very Good
    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
    Even without the amount of tomato & liquid it turned out great for me. I used 2 large fresh tomatoes finely chopped, I cup of tomato sauce & 1 cup of fat free chicken stock. I like mine spicy, so, I also added 1 finely diced Habanero pepper.
    I serve it over Basmati rice, and 1/4 cup of raisins. - 6/25/09

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  • Very Good
    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
    I used Paneer instead of the chicken and thought that was yummY! I think next time I am going to try this with Tofu to cut the fat. I also only used 2 tbsp of Oil. Thanks for sharing! - 2/18/08

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  • Incredible!
    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
    I make this dish all the time. You can get curry leaves in the indian store. Add them while you are frying the onions. Also add some parsly/ coriander-gives excellent flavor to the dish. - 11/10/07

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  • 8 of 10 people found this review helpful
    I am so glad to see Indian food on here I am cajun and my husband is Indian and we love cooking this and biryani. Make sure you cook the onion well in the oil with the garlic and other spices it really brings a flavor lime juice works wonders too. Should try the pav bhaji too it is delicious. - 3/30/09

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  • Incredible!
    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
    fantastic! We used less oil and had great results. Kids loved it I loved it , my wife loved it. Try it -- you will too!!! - 10/29/07

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  • Good
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    The recipe ingredients did not list the tomato or the water, so I had to guess what kind and how much tomato as well as how much water. I ended up adding Greek yogurt and some agave nectar to approximate what I was used to from the restaurant. In the end, it was delicious. - 4/25/09

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    This is an excellent dish. I am just getting into Indian food and have loved everything I have tried. I didn't make this exactly as it called for-I added diced tomatoes instead of paste and no extra water. It was so yummy. I served it over jasmine rice. - 2/21/08

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I just made this for dinner and it was great! We have another, very much less healthy, recipe for this that takes two days (marinating in yogurt, etc.). While the other one has a bit more flavor, this one is so much easier and faster to prepare. I'll definitely make this one again. - 7/29/09

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Makes just enough sauce to serve on rice. An authentic taste! I just add a 28 oz can of diced tomatoes, and no water. - 2/3/09

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    This is excellent, authentic, and quality.
    I used 1t dried chili (plenty hot! probably too hot for many), 2/3c water, small can tomatoes, and just a dash of sea salt. I served with cauli-rice.
    Thank you Pami. If this recipe is half as anti-inflammatory as I expect it to be, I am in your debt. - 4/23/07

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  • Very Good
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I doubled the tomato paste and the cumin powder, added 4 cups of water, and made the recipe into more of a curry. Excellent flavor. Excellent recipe. - 7/21/09

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  • Very Good
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I am a big fan of Indian cuisine and this particular dish is awesome! It has a nice blend of spice and smoothness. Be daring and try something different and try this dish. You won't be sorry. - 6/13/07

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  • 4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Excellent recipe!
    If you can't find cardamon pods ( 5 pods = 3/4 tsp ground cardamon approximately).
    If you can't find garam marsala (and don't want to mix and grind your own version)....use "Maya's Makeover" version of this recipe that is also in sparkrecipes. - 5/21/10

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    One of the doctor's I work with is from India and gave me some fresh garam masala, so I am always looking for recipes. So far all have been delicious! Since I am vegetarian, I am trading the chicken for Seitan and making a paste of the spices and oil, and sauteeing it first to absorb the flavors. - 9/26/09

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Real tomatoes work better. - 9/16/09

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  • 4 of 8 people found this review helpful
    I LOVE this dish and can't wait to try it. My boyfriend is Indian and when I come across to Indian recipes I always ask if the ingredients listed would work bc I know sometime recipes are geared towards the mass majority rather than true to its roots. This one seems to be a winner so I will make it. - 12/2/08

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I was needing a nice Indian recipe to prepare for my neighbors. They loved it. Guess that makes it a winner. - 11/10/08

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Very Delicious!! Thank you for the good recipe. Everyone loved it and I will make it again soon! It's inspired me to do a lot more Indian cooking from scratch. thanks! - 1/4/08

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Made this with my son. Outstanding! I thought I had Cardamom but found I didn't but it still was great. Also substituted curry for the Garam masala, which I also mistakenly thought I had. Didn't miss it a bit! Am sure with the added ingredients it will be even better! - 3/25/10

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Not bad at all for a lower cal version of one of my fav Indian meals. I also added curry powder and used 1/2 the oil. Will make again! - 10/9/09

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
    This is a keeper - substituting tofu for chicken. Thank you for putting on SP. - 5/5/09

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    My husband was scared when I said I was going to make this but we both loved it. I served it with brown rice and the Rajma recipe on here. - 3/27/09

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  • 3 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Excellent. I'm adding this recipe to my favourites. - 1/6/08

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Great recipe! Once I pureed the tomatoes, there was so much tomato juice that I didn't need to add any water at all. Serve this over some rice and it's delicious! - 11/19/07

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I love Indian food and am always looking for authentic, lower fat versions. I used way less oil and added the cilantro at the end. Very yummy. - 11/17/07

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I put a cup and a half of water and added a can of chopped tomatoes plus 2 chopped fresh tomatoes. I also added juice of half a lemon and a tablespoon of sugar. I served it with brown rice and some cool mint raita. - 5/25/10

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Very good - I made some substitutions - stewed tomatoes and tomato paste for tomato puree - wasn't sure what kind of chili was required so I used chili powder with red chili flakes. - 1/24/10

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I've made this recipe before and it is absolutely delish! DH is not a fan of anything "curry" and refused to try it. After some coaxing, he did try it and was very much surprised that he LOVED it! - 9/16/09

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  • Very Good
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    loved it and it was nice to know it was healthy too! - 9/12/09

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Excellent! - 4/4/09

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  • Very Good
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    this is so delicious! even my daughter, who is a fussy eater,ate it! - 4/3/09

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  • 2 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I served this on wheat toast. Any rice,noodle stuff raises my dh's blood sugar too much. - 3/30/09

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  • Good
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    super flavor - 2/17/09

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    So easy, so delicious! - 2/16/09

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  • 2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    this recipe is very good and rich - 1/7/09

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  • 2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    there are ingredients missing from this recipe such as tomatoes and water. How many tomatoes and how much water? - 6/27/08

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  • Very Good
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Very tasty. - 6/24/08

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Wow! This could be a signature dish on anybody's table, and for me, It is a keeper. Hmm, does she have any more recipes to share? - 8/8/07

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I kiked this because it has done away with the Cream used usually in this preparation----making it 100% more acceptable----I marinate the Chicken in a little Yoghurt and the Spice Powders and roast it first for added flavour. - 6/2/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I subustituted cubed paneer cheese and peas for the chicken. I took others' suggestions and added 2 14 oz. cans of diced tomatoes and 1/2 cup water. Very good. I did also add 3/4 cup full-fat yogurt and juice from 1 lemon at the end. Have added this to my recipe file. Wonderful--thanks! - 4/27/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I've been making this regularly for about a year. Great flavor without much fat! I bump up the spices, cut down on the EVOO and add either fresh chopped tomatoes or a can of diced tomatoes. Thanks for bringing what is ordinarily out of bounds into our regular lineup! - 4/23/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Loved this recipe - reduced the oil, and added a bit more tomato... it was delicious! - 2/22/10

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  • 1 of 7 people found this review helpful
    I think this page would be improved if one did not have to scroll all the way down the list of comments to click on the sparkpoints button. - 2/12/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    It is very delicious my brother and I liked it very much . - 10/17/09

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Very good...the spices are new to me, so that was a bit daunting. - 10/7/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Wonderful recipe - thank you so much for sharing.
    I love my Indian cuisine so being able to make it as a healthy option is a lifesaver whilst trying to lose weight!
    Fantastic, tasty, better than takeaway and much more satisfying! - 9/25/09

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  • Good
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This was on the bland side so I added extra cumin, coriander and mild red chile. I also accidently bit into cardamon pod so next time I will use powdered cardamon instead. I used a 14 oz can of Hunt's diced tomatoes and almost 2 cups of water, and it tasted sour so added Splenda. Used only 1 T oil. - 9/17/09

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I do not want to rate the recipe, but get clarification. The instructions say to add tomato and tomato puree, yet I don't see tomato as an ingredient (only the tomato puree). How much tomato should be added and is fresh recommended or canned? Thanks. - 9/16/09

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  • O.K.
    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Not bad. I'd lose the coriander and use real chillis, also you really don't need that much oil if you're using powder spice. - chiken tikka masala however is not a traditional indian recipe even though you can now find it in India. - 7/15/09

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  • 1 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Would like to try it, but there seem to be too many ingredients that I might never use again. - 3/14/09

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  • O.K.
    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
    wasnt too keen on this...sorry - 2/5/09

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  • Very Good
    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    But, I love Indian food!!! - 12/2/08

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  • O.K.
    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I don't know if I did something wrong, but it tasted like nothing but tomato! The missing info in ingredients list may have been the problem. I may experiment next time. - 8/4/08

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  • Good
    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Very good - 6/16/08

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Excellent - 12/11/07

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  • Very Good
    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Good, but the kids wouldn't touch it. Hubby liked so-so. - 10/28/07

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  • Good
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I think I flubbed this one up a bit. I used chili powder instead of hot chilis, so mine came out tasting like chicken chili, which is nothing like chicken tikka masala. I'll have to try again with correct ingredients. I order this from an Indian takeout all the time, and it is wonderful. - 9/7/07

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  • Very Good
    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    this was indeed a very goood receiepe - 6/11/07

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Excellent and full of flavour. Cut the chilli down for everyone else and then added extra to mine after it was dished up! Served it with brown rice. - 5/7/07

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  • 1 of 7 people found this review helpful
    this is realy cool - 5/2/07

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  • Definitely add the tomatoes. It is well worth it. Also, too much oil. Only use what you need. - 3/25/14

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  • This is a fantastic recipe!
    Before I added the chicken I blended it in my processor to make the sauce more authentic, i then covered my chicken in tandoori spice and lightly fried in fry light to seal. I cut out all olive oil and just used fry light spray, it was absolutely amazing. - 10/16/12

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  • It's missing some ingredients otherwise I would rate it great! - 9/22/12

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  • I didn't have an onion or garam masala so I used Hot Madras curry powder... The first night, we tasted it and decided it was better to let it sit a day. That was a VERY good decision! It was so good! Added light sour cream to it only because I made it a little spicy! Thanks for a great recipe!! - 8/19/12

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  • OMG this was most incredible. EVEN BETTER FOR THE NEXT DAY LUNCH. My wife asked me to put this in the rotation of meals we eat on a regular basis.
    PS Make the naan also and it can't be beat for a home meal - 7/9/12

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  • I haven't tried this recipe yet because I don't know if you mean chili pepper, chili sauce or dried chili powder. HELP, I really want to make this because I love Indian food. - 6/1/12

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  • Recipe says to add tomato and water but I see no measurements for these two ingredients. - 1/12/12

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  • Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful. Quick, yummy, easy, and healthy! Made this in bush Alaska. Had to use pre-made curry spices, but my guests LOVED it. - 12/14/11

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  • Awesome - 9/28/11

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  • I used 14.5 ounces of homemade tomato Puree and 1 cup of water. Flavor was excellent, but needs additional instructions on all ingredients. Thanks commenters for what to use. - 2/21/11

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  • I used chopped grape tomatoes and frozen tomatoe puree that I had in the freezer. I would make this again, but make more modifications. - 12/31/10

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  • The sauce got a little to thick for my liking. It had great flavor tho. - 12/30/10

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  • Well, thanks everyone for so many suggestions. I'm definitely going to try this using the cardamom powder, haberno pepper, maybe something to sweeten. Also think the marinating idea sounds good but will try the recipe directions here first. - 12/29/10

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  • This was different from anything I've had, so I don't have anything to really campare it with. We liked it, mostly, kind sorta, if you can get a feel for what I mean. I'm always willing to try a new style of cooking or any recipe of another ethnicity, but I don't think it's fair to give a rating. - 12/10/10

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  • Excellent recipe. Both my husband and myself like all kinds of Indian and Thai foods. So keep your recipes coming. Thanks - 11/22/10

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  • Truly delicious, with the full, robust flavors I crave - 11/2/10

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  • Great recipe - 11/1/10

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  • I like the sound of this recipe but I think I am going to research the amount of some of the ingredients before trying to make it. - 11/1/10

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  • This is definitely one of my most favourite meals. Delicious - 11/1/10

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  • Love Indian food! Will definitely give this a try! - 11/1/10

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  • did anyone else have a question about the refercne to add chicken cubes!?! how many? I ran the ingredients (minus the never listed "chicken cubes") through the Recipe Builder on another program and the numbers listed here seem really high - a difference of 2 points! I love the idea of the recipe - 11/1/10

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  • very good indeed - 11/1/10

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  • I would love to try the recipe, but will weigh in the chicken as this is not good directions, what do you define as 3 chicken breasts- whole, half, weight. As with many directions on site vague about ingredients makes it hard to decide what amount to eat or if nutrients are correct. - 11/1/10

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  • This sounds delicious; however, I see the fat content is high. Is this healthy? - 10/26/10

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  • Whole family loved this! Great with rice! - 10/14/10

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  • Bad
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I made this and it was very bad. Uneatable. I couldn't figure how how much water or puree tomato to use. It was very dry. - 10/2/10

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  • Recipe sounds great will save it for Sunday...I do wish I knew a gram or weight for the chicken breasts too...am really a newby at portion control! - 9/17/10

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  • Used fresh tomatoes because I didn't have the canned tomatoes as others have suggested. Also used tomato paste instead of puree....didn't have that either! For the chilli, which I have encountered in other Indian recipes, I used 2 tsp of a store bought mixture of ginger, garlic and chilli. - 9/15/10

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  • I will try this. Looks like something my family would love. - 9/1/10

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  • Easy to make...I did some adjusting on amounts, but overall, it was really easy and SO tasty!! Thank you for a great Indian recipe! - 6/28/10

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  • Thought this was just so-so...seemed like it needed something else but seems wierd to put it over rice or noodles. - 6/28/10

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  • Delicious!! - 6/7/10

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    There are three ingredients I've never heard of, never see in the store, and aren't explained. Well that kind of makes this a useless recipe. - 6/7/10

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  • Great!! - 6/4/10

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