Paleo Chicken Tikka Masala

Adapted from Against All Grain. The chicken alone after broiling was delicious. It had some crispy bits and lots of flavor from marinating all night.


Masala Marinade:
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt (dripped SCD yogurt or dairy free yogurt will work)
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tablespoon grated ginger
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric
salt and pepper
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs, trimmed of fat

1 tablespoon virgin olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon minced ginger
1 tablespoon garam masala
3/4 teaspoon chile powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
dash of cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
2-1/2 cups crushed tomatoes (I use Pomi strained tomatoes, but fresh will work too)
1 tsp honey
3/4 cup cashew cream (recipe to follow)
1/2 cup almond milk
3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped


Make the Masala marinade by mixing all the ingredients together in a bowl.
Make a few shallow slices in the chicken and then place chicken in a large ziplock bag and pour marinade over it.
Seal and place in the fridge overnight, or up to 48 hours.
Remove the chicken from the bag and drain.
Place chicken on a cookie sheet and place under the broiler until just cooked through and showing some brown spots. Depending on the size of the thighs, it should take about 10-12 minutes. Turn once half way through. Remove from oven, and cut into cubes.
In a large dutch oven or stock pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Cook the onion, garlic and ginger until slightly browned and softened, 6-8 minutes. Add the spices and stir for 1 minute.
Add the tomatoes and honey.
Season with salt and pepper.
Partially cover the pot and cook over medium heat until the sauce is thickened, about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally to keep the sauce from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
Add the almond milk and cashew cream then continue to cook over low heat for about 10 more minutes.
Add the chicken, and simmer until chicken is warmed back through.
Sprinkle in the cilantro.
Serve hot over cardamon saffron cauliflower rice.

To Make the Cashew Cream
Soak 1 cup of raw cashews in 3 cups boiling water for 30 minutes. Drain the cashews, but reserve the soaking water. Place the cashews in a blender with 3/4 cup of the soaking water and blend until smooth. It should be a similiar thickness of a greek yogurt. If it’s too thick, add a little water at a time to get your desired consistency.