Jan 27, 2012

Skinny Chicken Tikka Masala


Happy Friday everyone! This week has been a busy one. I started Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred last Saturday and it really does make you realize how out of shape you are. I'm currently on day 7 and I'm just now getting to where I can walk without feeling like my limbs are on fire. Everyone at work got a kick out my wobbling around earlier in the week. 

The little fella has really been grouchy this week. I think he's cutting a tooth or two. I usually don't let him play with my iPhone mostly because I would panic if it broke. I had been hearing great things about the new Sesame Street iPhone app called 'Elmo Calls'. I usually only go for free apps, but at .99 cents I thought I'd give it a whirl. It's very cute and well worth the money. Elmo calls with several different Facetime videos and will also leave your child a voicemail. It was a big hit with the teething monster. He even cracked a few smiles :)


Last night I made one of my favorite quick and easy meals for dinner. I am by no means a seasoned chef and am all about simple and low calories meals. Here is my take on Skinny Chicken Tikka Masala :

(1) 12.5 oz can of Chunk Chicken Breast, drained
(1) 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes
(1)  medium onion chopped
(2)  tbsp light butter or margarine 
(2)  tbsp lemon juice
1/3 cup milk
(1) tbsp cornstarch
½ tsp salt
(2) tsp paprika
(1) tsp minced garlic
(1) tsp garam masala
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp crushed red pepper (optional)

Melt the butter (or butter substitute) in a large nonstick skillet on medium heat. Add the chicken, onion and lemon juice; cook and stir for about 5 minutes until everything is heated and mixed well. Add all of the spices except the red pepper, cook and stir for about 1 minute, until all the chicken is coated well.Stir in the diced tomatoes until well mixed. 


In a separate bowl stir the cornstarch into the milk until smooth. Gradually stir the cornstarch/milk mixture into the skillet. Stir in red pepper to taste. Bring to boil. Reduce hit and simmer for 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. 


This makes 4 servings. I serve this over brown rice, or even mashed potatoes. It's a economical and healthy dinner that’s very filling. My super picky husband always cleans his plate when I make this meal.




I adapted this recipe from a McCormick recipe card and replaced all the fattening ingredients with low fat alternatives. I even went as far as to replace the boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into cubes with lowfat CANNED chicken. Yes, I know some will say, “Canned chunk chicken, how preposterous?!?!” But those people with their fancy monocles and hours to chop chicken can make it that way. (Alright, I know it doesn't take hours to cut up chicken, I just don't want to, I'm lazy.) After a long day at work, this recipe can be prepared and on the table in about 20 minutes.

Calories per serving : 150 calories for ¼th of the Chicken Masala mixture. I usually eat two portions, plus a cup of brown rice and a vegetable.The Chicken Masala mixture is 4 Weight Watchers Point Plus per serving.

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13 comments:

  1. Good luck with the workout plan! Thanks so much for sharing on Momtrends!

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    1. Nicole, thanks for stopping by! :)

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  2. Thanks for sharing! Following by email from the Feed Me Friday hop!!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Teressa!

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  3. Anything with "skinny" in the title will work for me.  It's even better that it has the flavors of India.

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    1. Lulu, it's so good. I just recently started eating food with Indian spices. It's so yummy :) thanks for stopping by!

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  4. i just made chicken tikka masala for the first time recently - i had never had garam masala on hand before! (i used the totally not-healthy Pioneer Lady recipe.) SO GOOD! i'm going to have to buy a lot more garam masala now :) 

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    1. I had a rough time finding garam masala in my town. I actually had to get it when I was out of town on a trip at Whole Foods . Do you have a Whole Foods in your town? Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Thanks for stopping by Teressa!

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  6. It's so yummy too :) I just recently started cooking with different spices and am really enjoying it. 

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  7. I had to buy mine when I was out of town on a trip. I couldn't find it anywhere in my town! Did you have trouble finding it? Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Annmarie Pipa1/28/2012

    with the shred and skinny chicken you are going to be looking  good!

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