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

    1. Nicole, thanks for stopping by! :)

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

    1. Thanks for stopping by Teressa!

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

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

  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 :) 

    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!

  5. Thanks for stopping by Teressa!

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

  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!

  8. Annmarie Pipa1/28/2012

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


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