Chicken Tikka Masala Meatballs

I had actually been in the mood for Indian food. And then there was the need to restock our freezer with ground chicken. Whenever we do that, we like to leave at least one package out because freshly ground chicken is awesome to cook with. I also happened to have come across this recipe at the same time. I told K I wanted to make it, and he was on board. So, I gathered the ingredients I didn’t have on hand (tomato sauce, Greek yogurt, and cilantro) then got ready to make it! It was really easy. The meatballs require very little work, and the sauce just needs a couple steps to get started. Then, you can basically walk away and do things like play with your baby while it finishes cooking.

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It might not be authentic, but it didn’t matter to us. It was tasty and a nice cozy meal. There was plenty of sauce, so you might want to think of something else to serve it with later! Or, just go nuts with it on your meatballs.

Directions for Chicken Tikka Masala Meatballs

Slightly adapted from Vrai Magazine

Meatballs

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with foil.

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Combine all of the ingredients in one large bowl.

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Stir gently. Form even sized balls and space them evenly on the baking sheet.

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Bake for about 20 minutes, until they are browned and cooked through. (Adjust the cooking time if your meatballs are bigger or smaller–mine were about 2 Tablespoons each).

Set aside while you prepare the sauce.

Sauce

  • 1 Tablespoon butter (or alternative)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Red pepper flakes (as spicy as you like)
  • 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Stir together the cumin, paprika, and salt.

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In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes, and saute for one minute.

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Then, add the seasoning mixture, cooking for one minute.

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Add the tomato sauce and cream, then bring to a simmer.

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Simmer for 20 minutes.

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Remove from the heat and stir in the cilantro.

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Serve the sauce on top of the meatballs.

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Directions for Chicken Tikka Masala Meatballs (without pictures)

Slightly adapted from Vrai Magazine

Meatballs

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with foil. Combine all of the ingredients in one large bowl. Stir gently. Form even sized balls and space them evenly on the baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes, until they are browned and cooked through. (Adjust the cooking time if your meatballs are bigger or smaller–mine were about 2 Tablespoons each).

Set aside while you prepare the sauce.

Sauce

  • 1 Tablespoon butter (or alternative)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Red pepper flakes (as spicy as you like)
  • 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Stir together the cumin, paprika, and salt. In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes, and saute for one minute. Then, add the seasoning mixture, cooking for one minute. Add the tomato sauce and cream, then bring to a simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the cilantro.

Serve the sauce on top of the meatballs.

 

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