Well, what can I say? This is new for me. I love Indian food but tend to always go for a nice spicy curry so I have never tried anything in the line of salads. Indian curry is like comfort food in my books and I tend to cook a curry once every couple of weeks. Now I’m gonna fess up here and tell you that when I make “homemade” curries I will sometimes buy a store bought paste. Still here? Good. So that’s my weekly confession done. Now let me tell you about this chicken tikka masala salad.
But first, the other thing you need to know about me is that I hate food waste, so some of my recipes are born out of using up odds and sods left in my fridge. This is one such recipe, I had some curry paste leftover but not enough to make a curry, I fancied chicken salad for lunch and boom, Chicken Tikka Masala Salad was born.
The salad part of this recipe is crisp and crunchy, thanks to the fennel. It also gives a nice contrast to the tenderness of the chicken. The salad dressing, which is real easy to make, is nice and tangy and sort of brings all the flavours together, it’s good drizzled over the chicken too.
Time: 30 mins
2 free range chicken breasts
2 tsp tikka masala paste
2 lemons, 1 sliced the other used for juice
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 large carrot, peeled and cut into thin strips
1/2 fennel bulb, cut into thin strips
1/2 red onion, sliced
a handful of almonds, sliced or chopped
a couple of purple sprouting brocoli spears, washed
2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 inch of ginger, peeled and grated
1 tbs apple cider vinegar
1 tbs chopped fresh coriander leaves, plus a few leaves for the salad.
- Pre heat your oven to 180 degrees C
- Place chicken breast in oven proof dish, cover with the tikka masala paste, garlic, juice of half the lemon and lemon slices. Cook for 30 minutes until chicken is cooked through.
- Mix all the vegetables and nuts in a large bowl.
- Make the dressing: in a jug add the extra virgin olive oil, ginger, juice of half a lemon, apple cider vinegar, chopped coriander, a pinch of sea salt and some black pepper. Whisk until its well mixed. Add to the salad and mix well with your hands.
- Top the salad with cooked chicken.