Brick Lane Chicken Tikka Masala

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Brick Lane is a spicy, creamy tomato based masala curry with braised thighs, seasoned with onions, garlic, ginger and accompanied by brown rice

chicken thighs, cream, tomatoes, garam masala, brown rice Full ingredient list

Dietary notes
gluten-free, spicy-hot

Tasting notes

Spicy, tangy and creamy, this scratch-made, tomato-based masala sauce is flavored with intensely hot bird's eye chilis, garlic, and ginger

Nutty brown rice absorbs the buttery sauce holding tender pieces of dark meat chicken

This level of heat calls for a hefty dollop of greek yogurt to cool it down and a cold. Consider a low abv IPA's like Upslope's Hazy (Boulder) or a light unoaked chardonnay from Restoration (Grand Valley) to prepare your pallet for the next bite

Why Brick Lane?

All of Bridget's recipes are respectfully named after their location of origin, or area of inspiration. As such, one might expect our take on Chicken Tikka Masala to be named for a location in the Indian Subcontinent.

This dish, perhaps the most famous Indian dish in the United States, more likely originated a mere 50 years ago in the Bangladeshi immigrant run restaurants along Brick Lane in London's East End.

The dish was likely derived from butter chicken, a popular dish in the northern subcontinent, and modified to better fit English tastes, possibly by adding canned Campbell's Tomato Soup.

Today, the dish is usually made by marinating boneless chunks of chicken in yogurt and a masala spice mix. Tomato, paprika, turmeric and coriander are common but not required flavors. Oftentimes lamb, fish or paneer (acid-set, pressed cheese curd) make an appearance, but the common requirement is that it's spicy and served in a smothered-like manner.