Makes:1 to 2 pieces chicken, 1/4 cup sauce, and 1/2 cup rice each
Marinate:2 hrs to 4 hrs
Bake:10 mins 400°
Easy Chicken Tikka Masala
Cut chicken breast halves into 3-inch pieces; pierce each piece in several places with a sharp knife. Cut any thicker chicken pieces in half horizontally. Place chicken in a resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish. For marinade, in a small bowl combine yogurt, ginger, garlic, coriander, paprika, cardamom, and cumin. Pour marinade over chicken. Seal bag; turn to coat chicken. Marinate in the refrigerator for 2 to 4 hours, turning bag occasionally.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Drain chicken, discarding marinade. Coat a grill pan with cooking spray; heat pan over medium heat. Add chicken pieces; cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown, turning once.
Transfer chicken to a 2-quart shallow baking dish or au gratin dish. In a medium bowl combine tomato sauce, half-and-half, curry paste, garam masala, and salt. Pour over chicken, stirring to coat.
Bake, uncovered, about 10 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink (170 degrees F), stirring once. If desired, sprinkle chicken with cilantro. Serve chicken and sauce over rice.