Honey, I’m still free… Tikka chance on me…
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Take A Chance on Me is the classic ABBA song that is featured in the musical Mamma Mia!, It is sung by Rosie (played by Julie Walters in the movie version) to Bill (played by the guy that no-one remembers) as she tries to persuade him away from the single life. If you want to know more about the musical, please read Shank You For The Music!
The song has also been recorded by Erasure on their Abba-esque album, and also by a whole bunch of other people that I’ve never heard of. But really the only cover version that matters is the one recorded by Alvin and the Chipmunks.
“Tikka” refers to an Indian dish that is meat is prepared in a marinade of spices and yogurt. In the UK, this has morphed into the hugely popular Tikka Masala, which has a similar base but is served in a spicy curry sauce. Wikipedia informs me that the origins of this dish are uncertain, both the Punjab region of South Asia and Glasgow in Scotland are claiming it as their own. So I’ll let you decide on that one…
Like a lot of Indian dishes, the ingredients list can look intimidating (Ghees and Dals or The Show Must Goan leap to mind) but the combination of the different spices create such amazing flavors! I have tried to make this recipe as least scary as possible, by dumping everything into a slow cooker. So go on… tikka chance on this recipe…
So, to that slow cooker bowl, add (deep breath) cubes of chicken breast, chopped onion, garlic, ginger, canned tomato sauce (like passata, not ketchup!), garam masala, ground cumin, ground coriander, paprika, ground turmeric, ground cardamom seeds, and salt. If you like things spicy, you can add some cayenne or red pepper flakes, but the sauce will be full of flavor so you might not need it. Or you could always add them in at the end of the cooking time if you prefer.
Stir well, then cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours. Stir in a little heavy cream or unsweetened coconut milk, then serve, garnished with chopped fresh cilantro. You’ll need some sort of rice to serve this with too – plain rice would do or even cauliflower rice (note to fellow editors – we need more rice dishes on this blog!!!).
- 2lb chicken breast, cubed
- ½ cup chopped onion
- 2 tsp garlic paste
- 1 tsp ginger paste
- 15 oz canned tomato sauce
- 2 tsp garam masala
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp paprika
- ½ tsp ground turmeric
- ½ tsp ground cardamom seeds
- ½ tsp salt
- cayenne or red pepper flakes, optional
- 2 tbs heavy cream or unsweetened coconut milk
- chopped fresh cilantro, to garnish
- Add all the ingredients apart from the cream/milk and cilantro to the bowl of a slow cooker.
- Stir well, then cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours. Stir in the heavy cream or coconut milk, then serve, garnished with chopped fresh cilantro.