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A Hearty Holiday Meal

As winter and colder weather are upon us, we love a hearty and warming recipe as the centerpiece to a memorable meal. At Denver Cooking Classes, we love to experiment with powerful flavors and to redefine what traditional holiday cuisine might look like! New flavors and combinations can be so exciting, and there’s something fun and rebellious about adventuring into unexpected recipes. This comforting and versatile dish will definitely meet all the criteria for delving into an intentional process with incredible rewards! 


For the chicken marinade:

28 oz (800g) boneless and skinless chicken thighs cut into bite-sized


1 cup plain yogurt

1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic

1 tablespoon ginger

2 teaspoons garam masala

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon Kashmiri chili (or 1/2 teaspoon ground red chili powder)

1 teaspoon of salt

For the sauce:

2 tablespoons of vegetable/canola oil

2 tablespoons butter

2 small onions (or 1 large onion) finely diced

1 1/2 tablespoons garlic finely grated

1 tablespoon ginger finely grated

1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 teaspoon ground coriander

14 oz (400g) tomato puree (tomato sauce/Passata)

1 teaspoon Kashmiri chili (optional for color and flavor)

1 teaspoon ground red chili powder (adjust to your taste preference)

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/4 cups of heavy or thickened cream (use evaporated milk for

lower calories or coconut milk

1/4 cup water if needed

4 tablespoons Fresh cilantro


In a bowl, combine chicken with all of the ingredients for the chicken marinade; let marinate for 10 minutes to an hour (or overnight if time allows).

Heat oil in a large skillet or pot over medium-high heat. When sizzling, add chicken pieces in batches of two or three, making sure not to crowd the pan. Fry until browned for only 3 minutes on each side. Set aside and keep warm. (You will finish cooking the chicken

in the sauce.) Melt the butter in the same pan. Fry the onions until soft (about 3 minutes) while scraping up any browned bits stuck on the bottom of the pan.

Add garlic and ginger and sauté for 1 minute until fragrant, then add garam masala, cumin, turmeric and coriander. Fry for about 20 seconds until fragrant, while stirring occasionally.

Pour in the tomato puree, chili powders and salt. 

Let simmer for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until sauce thickens and

becomes a deep brown red color.

Stir the cream through the sauce. Add the chicken and its juices back into the pan and cook for an additional 8-10 minutes until chicken is cooked through and the sauce is thick and bubbling. Pour in the water to thin out the sauce, if needed.

Enjoy this rich and savory sauce with our Rice Pilau to create a knockout combination! 

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