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Quick Chicken Tikka Masala

A quick and easy version of tikka masala using our spice blend.

1 piece fresh ginger (2 1/2 in) peeled
4 garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 medium yellow onion
1 1/2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1" pieces
2 tsp kosher salt, divided
3/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, divided
4 tsp. tikka masala spice blend, divided
2 tbsp. ghee, EVOO or vegetable oil
2 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. tomato paste
1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup plain full fat or low fat yogurt (not Greek)
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Naan or basmati rice for serving

Pulse ginger, garlic and onion in food processor until finely chopped.
Toss chicken with 1 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper and 1 tsp. tikka masala blend in medium bowl.
Heat oil over med. high heat in a large skillet.
Add chicken and cook until lightly browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes
Transfer chicken to a clean bowl
Heat same skillet over med. heat, add butter, onion mixture, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper
Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened and translucent, about 3 minutes
Add tomato paste and remaining 3 tsp tikka masala blend
Cook, stirring constantly, about 30 seconds
Add tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until hot, about 2 min.
Return chicken to pan and cook until warmed through, about 1 min.
Remove from heat and stir in yogurt and lemon juice
Taste for seasoning, adding salt and pepper as needed
Divide among 4 plates, top with cilantro and serve with naan or serve over rice.

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