Gluten & Dairy-Free Chicken Tikka Masala

by Susan on August 12, 2012

Tonight I made my kids’ favorite Indian entree, and I made a version we could all enjoy as it’s free of gluten and dairy. Even if you don’t have any dietary sensitivities or preferences, this take on Chicken Tikka Masala is a *lot* healthier than if you got some Indian takeout. No heavy cream or loads of grease or ghee; the sauce gets it creaminess from homemade cashew cream and almond milk.

I found the recipe on Against All Grain**, a fabulous blog I stumbled upon thanks to Pinterest. I’ve been following Danielle and her grain-free offerings for a while now, and I have to say her Chicken Tikka Masala is definitely worth all the dirty dishes it requires!

To be fair, I made an extra large mess in my kitchen as I made brown rice for my kids and cauliflower rice for myself, all while grilling up some wheat naan (also for them) and cooking the chicken in the oven and sauce on the stove top. You could probably grill the chicken as well, though I found the broiling technique cooked it up quickly, and the chicken remained amazingly moist thanks to its marinade.

While the ingredient list for the recipe is long, nearly all of the spices are ones I’d recommend for a well-stocked pantry. If you want to keep this recipe nut-free as well, simply substitute another dairy-milk for the almond. I’ll confess I actually forget to add the almond milk along with the cashew cream in the last step, and my sauce was still plenty creamy.

I doubled the recipe as I was cooking for four kids and three adults. The kids all did very well (I won’t take it personally that the naan probably excited them more than the chicken), but the adults all proclaimed this one a definite winner. I’ve made other chicken tikka masala recipes in the past, but this has been the most authentic version I’ve tried. Even if your kids aren’t the most adventurous eaters, this Indian dish is quite kid-friendly as it’s not spicy in the slightest.

**I’ve added Danielle’s blog to my sidebar, and highly suggest you check it out if you’re looking for allergy-friendly, healthy and delicious recipes.

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Danielle August 12, 2012 at 3:07 am

Thanks for sharing! Looks gorgeous and so happy your kids liked it! This is one things I haven’t gotten my 2 year old to eat yet, but we LOVE it!

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Susan August 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm

I am head over heels in love with your site! Shared the dish on my paleo recipe blog as well. This is basically the only thing my 2 kids will eat when we get Indian, and so much better to make it at home!

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