Sometime it feels like the UK runs on takeaway, with unhealthy options on every street corner and non-stop adverts telling us to step away from the stove and dust off the menus instead. This isn’t doing us any favours when it comes to our health, which is why delicious and healthy ‘Fakeaways’ are the answer to many of our problems! This Homemade Healthy Chicken Tikka Masala is my new favourite ‘fakeaway’ and you can find the recipe and recipe video for these below!
Swapping Takeaways for Fakeaways
I love a good takeaway as much as the next girl, it’s a large part of the reason I’ve always struggled with my weight and continue to do so. Between cheap chocolate and cheaper Chinese I find myself facing constant temptation, something which I often find it difficult to ignore. That’s why arming myself with healthy fakeaway recipes, like this healthy chicken tikka masala, can make the difference between a good week and a very very bad one!
I’ve got lots of delicious fakeaway recipes you can try, in addition to this healthy chicken tikka masala, and you can find them all listed here. Trust me, if you plan ahead and don’t give into last minute temptations it’s actually really easy to avoid greasy, high syn and high fat food…and seriously fakeaways like this healthy chicken tikka masala are a thousand times better than the takeaway version!
What Makes This Healthy Chicken Tikka Masala Healthy?
If you look up recipes for chicken tikka masala online you’ll often find that they’re full of high fat cream, lashings of oil and not much veg. That might be tasty but it’s not healthy and certainly not Slimming World friendly! This version packs all the same flavour and richness of its high fat alternatives, but is made with low fat yogurt and has no oil in whatsoever and it’s packed with some delicious red peppers for the extra health kick!
You can make a healthy chicken tikka masala because the fat and oil aren’t what gives this dish it’s delicious flavour! It’s high impact comes straight from the variety of delicious spices that go into it. You can of course buy ready made curry powder but it’s much more fun to make your own!
Making A Marinade
To make a good chicken tikka masala you have to marinate your chicken to make sure it takes up all of the delicious spice flavour. The longer you marinate something for, the more flavour it’s going to have when you eat it! You should therefore marinate the chicken for AT LEAST 2 hours if you can, but if you plan ahead and have a spare moment the day before or in the morning before you head to work then spend 5 minutes whipping up a marinade and mix in the chicken to leave in the fridge. Trust me you’ll thank me later 😉
Making Homemade Healthy Chicken Tikka Masala
You can find the video for how to make this delicious Homemade Healthy Chicken Tikka Masala below! Here are the step by step instructions… enjoy!
A delicious healthy curry, full of flavour and easy to make! Syn free on Slimming World.
10 minPrep Time
45 minCook Time
55 minTotal Time
- 6tbsp Fat Free Greek Yogurt
- 3tsp Ground Cumin
- 3tsp Ground Coriander
- 3tsp Chilli Powder
- 2tsp Gram Masala
- 1tsp Tumeric Powder
- 1tbsp Minced Garlic
- 1tbsp Minced Ginger
- 1x Lemon (juice only)
- 4-5x Chicken Breasts (cut into chunks)
- 2x Red Peppers (sliced)
- 1x Onion (grated/minced)
- 1tsp Ground Cumin
- 1x Red Chilli (seeds removed, chopped up)
- Leftover Marinade
- 150mls Water
- 2tbsp Tomato Puree
- 1/2 Can Chopped Tomatoes
- Fresh Coriander (to garnish)
- 1tsp Fat Free Greek Yogurt (to garnish)
- Fry Light
- Mix all of the marinade ingredients together and add the diced chicken. Cover with cling film and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours (longer if you can.)
- When the chicken has marinated, preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
- Spray a baking tray with Fry Light.
- Skewer the chicken breast chunks and lay them on the baking tray. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the chicken begins to char slightly and is cooked through. Set the leftover marinade to one side.
- Meanwhile, fry the red peppers in Fry Light and then set aside to add in later.
- Spray the pan with more Fry Light and add the minced onions, stir for a minute or so and then add the cumin and continue to stir.
- Take your leftover marinade and mix it with the water. Pour into the frying pan. Simmer until it begins to thicken.
- Add the tomato puree and stir it in. Then add the tinned tomatoes and simmer for another few minutes.
- Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the skewers and add it into the curry liquid. Stir until coated.
- Add in the red peppers and stir again.
- Serve hot over some wild rice and garnish with fresh coriander and a dollop of Greek yogurt.
Serves 6. Syn free on Slimming World. Syn values correct at time of writing, please do not screenshot this recipe to share.