151.0...Chicken Tikka Masala

I cooked a few new recipes last month.  A couple were good and one wasn’t. Can’t win them all. One of them that was pretty good and healthy was Chicken Tikka Masala from Cooking Light. I can’t say it’s my favorite Tikka Masala recipe but it was quick and easy and tasty!

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Chicken Tikka Masala (Serves 12)

Recipe adapted from Cooking Light, March 2014


2 Tbsp olive oil, divided

3 lbs. skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes

2 tsp. kosher salt, divided

2 tsp. ground cumin

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 cup finely chopped onion

3 Tbsp minced fresh garlic

2 Tbsp minced peeled fresh ginger

2 serrano chiles, minced

2 tsp. garam masala

3/4 tsp. ground red pepper

1/2 cup unsalted chicken stock

1/2 cup half and half

2 (26.5-ounce) boxes chopped tomatoes (such as Pomi), undrained

1/4 cup butter

6 cups hot cooked basmati rice

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro


1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with 1 teaspoon salt, cumin, and cinnamon. Add chicken to pan; cook 2-3 minutes until browned, stirring once. Remove chicken from pan. 

2. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil, onion, garlic, ginger, and serrano to pan; sauté 1 minute. Reduce heat to low; cook 5 minutes or until softened, stirring frequently. Add garam masala and red pepper; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add remaining 1 teaspoon salt, stock, half and half, and tomatoes, scraping pan to loosen brown bits. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low; stir in chicken. Simmer 6 minutes or until chicken is done. Remove from heat; stir in butter melts. Serve over rice. Sprinkle with cilantro.

*I made half the recipe but it freezes well if you want to make the whole batch.

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Tuesday night I want to Darci’s for Bunco. Her theme was “Taco Tuesday” and I definitely enjoyed some tacos and all the fixings!

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Check out these Sprinkles Cupcakes that tasted like margaritas:

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They had tequila in them and were amazing. I know it sounds weird but they were incredible!

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Thanks Darci for a fun night!

Wednesday’s breakfast:

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I took the kids to school then went to Orange Theory. I went to an appointment, then met some friends for lunch at Sweet Fin.

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I seriously love this place.

Dinner was Chicken Tikka Masala:

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Thursday’s breakfast:

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After I took the kids to school, I went to a Sculpt class at the gym. I ran a bunch of errands stopping at Napizza for lunch. I ordered the Greek Quinoa Salad with Salmon which is what I usually get.

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They’ve recently changed the salad. The salmon used to be served whole and warm and now it’s crumbled onto the salad and way overcooked. The salad used to have kale. I decided that I don’t enjoy this salad anymore with the changes, sadly.

For dinner I made another recipe from Cooking Light for Honey Cashew Chicken and it was super boring and bland so I’m not going to share the recipe.

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Friday’s breakfast:

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I had a bunch of stuff to do that day before leaving for Palm Desert so I skipped the gym. Before picking up the kids from school, I stopped at Sushiya for lunch. 

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We wanted to wait out the traffic so we had dinner at our club before we left. I had a Mushroom, Roasted Garlic and Truffle Oil Flatbread:

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We arrived in Palm Desert and my brother and his family were already there. We hung out for a bit then went to bed.

For breakfast on Saturday, we went to Manhattan in the Desert. I had the Bacon, Tomato, Avocado Omelet (and added onions and pepper jack cheese) with sliced tomatoes:

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We hung out at the house all day. We ordered in from our club for lunch. I had the Greek Salad. 

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It was huge so I ate about half and saved the rest.

Dinner was at Shogun

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I love this place. It usually slow but always so good!

Mother’s Day breakfast was at Manhattan in the Desert again. This time I had two eggs over easy, bacon, hash browns (with sautéed onions and jalapeños) and sourdough toast. Don’t forget the bottomless mimosas!

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Lunch was from the club again. Ceviche tostadas: 

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We packed up and headed back to San Diego. 

Dinner was at Alicia and Joe’s. They picked up Phil’s BBQ

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So delicious. A perfect way to end Mother’s Day!

Today’s breakfast:

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I skipped the gym because my back has really been bothering me the last day or so.  I took the kids to school, went grocery shopping and came home to get some stuff done around the house. I had the rest of my Greek salad for lunch:

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Tonight is a chill night at home. Looking forward to it!

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