chicken tikka

Child friendly chicken tikka

Child friendly chicken tikka

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 20 minutes + 30 minutes cooking

Serves: 4

This chicken tikka is my favourite curry when we’re making one at home but when you’re making one for kids it’s important to find a child friendly one, which isn’t too spicy. We’d normally use a jar of curry paste but we had all the ingredients to make the paste from scratch so thought we’d try it. It also gave Hannah a chance to practice her measuring with spoons which she is always desperate to do.

If your kids like chicken curry but you fancy something a little bit different, why not try our chicken tikka skewers, or make some quick and easy naan bread to serve alongside.



Ingredients

1 large onion
6 tbsp chicken tikka masala paste (shop bought or make your own – see below)
red pepper
cauliflower/broccoli
2 chicken breasts
400g can chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato purée
1-2 tbsp mango chutney
75ml double cream
75ml natural yogurt
100g spinach

How to make child friendly chicken tikka

Make the curry paste (or use a jar)

img_2428-smallGet your child measure the following into a small food processor:
5 garlic cloves
1 large knob of fresh root ginger (we used a tsp of dried ginger)
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp coriander
1 tsp turmeric
1tsp paprika
1 tsp garam masala
The seeds from 4 cardamom pods
1 red chilli (optional, we didn’t use any so the kids would eat it!)
Blitz it all together, add a little oil to bring it together.

You can store this in the fridge for up to a week or freeze it for up to a month.

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Prepare the vegetables
Get your toddler to help peel your onion then chop it into small pieces. Chop your pepper into chunks.

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Cook the onions and pepper

Heat some oil and butter in a pan and cook the onions for 15 minutes or so until they are soft and golden.

Add the pepper, cauliflower/broccoli and curry paste and cook for 5 minutes to cook the rawness out of the spices.

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Prepare and cook the chicken
Chop your chicken into 2cm pieces, then add to your pan. Coat in the paste and cook for a few minutes. At this point I let Hannah give things a little stir. Be sure to keep a close eye on what they’re doing so they don’t get too close to the heat.

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Make the sauce

Pour the tin of tomatoes into the pan, add the tomato puree and 100ml of water. Cover with a lid and gently simmer for 15 minutes.

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Finish the sauce
Add the mango chutney, cream and yoghurt, and gently warm through. Stir through the spinach.

Serve with rice (get your child to help measure this out for you,) and our quick and easy naan bread.

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Child friendly chicken tikka

A delicious, easy to make curry which is mild enough for the whole family to enjoy.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: chicken, dinner
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 6 tbsp chicken tikka masala paste shop bought or make your own – see below
  • 1 large onion diced
  • red pepper chopped into pieces
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 400 g can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1-2 tbsp mango chutney
  • 75 ml double cream
  • 75 ml natural yogurt
  • Method

For the curry paste (or use a jar)

  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 large knob of fresh root ginger we used a tsp of dried ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • The seeds from 4 cardamom pods

Instructions

Make the curry paste

  • Put all the spices into a small hand blender and blitz together with a little oil until it is a nice paste. Set aside.

Cook the onions and pepper

  • Heat some oil and butter in a pan and cook the onions for 15 minutes or so until they are soft and golden.
  • Add the pepper and curry paste and cook for 5 minutes to cook the rawness out of the spices.

Prepare and cook the chicken

  • Chop your chicken into 2cm pieces, then add to your pan. Coat in the paste and cook for a few minutes. .

Make the sauce

  • Pour the tin of tomatoes into the pan, add the tomato puree and 100ml of water
  • Cover with a lid and gently simmer for 15 minutes

Finish the sauce

  • Add the mango chutney, cream and yoghurt, and gently warm through.
  • Serve with rice and/or naan bread.

child friendly chicken tikka

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