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Tikka Masala Mac and Cheese

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What happens when you combine two of the world's most iconic comfort foods? Joy decided to find out, and the result was this spicy, creamy mac and cheese tikka masala. Simple to put together, full of amazing flavor - you won't be disappointed.

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8
Serves 8
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1.5 lb
cut into cubes
1 cup
Plain Yogurt
1 tsp
Ground Cumin
1 tsp
Chili Powder
to taste
1 box
Elbow Macaroni
Tikka Masala
1 Tbsp
1/2
Medium  Yellow Onion , diced
or White Onion
3 cloves
Garlic , minced
1 Tbsp
Grated  Fresh Ginger
1/2 Tbsp
Garam Masala
1/2 Tbsp
Chili Powder
1/2 Tbsp
Ground Cumin
2 1/4 cups
Tomato Purée
500 grams
Cheese Sauce
1/3 cup
2 1/4 cups
Whole Milk
plus an extra 1/4 cup for thinning the sauce if needed
2 1/2 cups
Grated  Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 1/2 cups
Grated  Gruyère Cheese
Garnish
1/2 cup
Breadcrumbs
1/2 cup
Grated  Cheddar Cheese
or Gruyére
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Nutrition Per Serving
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CALORIES
977
FAT
50.5 g
PROTEIN
44.6 g
CARBS
88.9 g

Author's Notes

If you are looking to amp up boxed mac and cheese you can simply mix in the cheese packet to the tikka masala sauce and then serve it without the baking steps. Feel free to omit the chicken to make a vegetarian version of this delicious recipe.

Directions

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Step 1
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Step 2
In a bowl combine Plain Yogurt (1 cup) , Ground Cumin (1 tsp) , Chili Powder (1 tsp) , Salt (to taste) , and Ground Black Pepper (to taste) . Add in Chicken Breasts (1.5 lb) and coat the chicken in the mixture. Cover and marinate for at least 15 minutes or up to an hour.
Step 3
Cook your Elbow Macaroni (1 box) in salted boiling water until just cooked through, a minute before the time on the package. Once pasta is cooked, drain.
Step 4
Make Tikka Masala Sauce. Melt the Butter (1 Tbsp) in a large skillet. Cook the Yellow Onion (1/2) until soft, about 4 minutes.
Step 5
Add Garlic (3 cloves) and Fresh Ginger (1 Tbsp) and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Mix in the Garam Masala (1/2 Tbsp) , Chili Powder (1/2 Tbsp) , Ground Cumin (1/2 Tbsp) , and Ground Turmeric (1/2 Tbsp) .
Step 6
Pour in the Tomato Purée (2 1/4 cups) . Add Granulated Sugar (1 tsp) and season with a pinch of Salt (to taste) , and Ground Black Pepper (to taste) . Stir and allow the sauce to thicken for 10 minutes.
Step 7
Once thickened, add in the chicken and yogurt and allow to simmer while you make the cheese sauce, 8-10 minutes (the chicken will finish cooking in the oven).
Step 8
Melt Butter (1/3 cup) in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add All-Purpose Flour (1/2 cup) and stir until mixture turns golden brown, 2-4 minutes.
Step 9
Gradually whisk in Whole Milk (2 1/4 cups) and simmer until thickened and smooth, about 4 minutes. If the mixture becomes too thick to stir, add in another 1/4 cup of milk.
Step 10
Add Sharp Cheddar Cheese (2 1/2 cups) , and Gruyère Cheese (1 1/2 cups) to the milk mixture and stir until melted and smooth.
Step 11
Mix in cooked pasta to cheese sauce then gently combine the tikka masala sauce with the cheesy pasta.
Step 12
Pour mixture into a wide greased baking dish. Sprinkle on more Cheddar Cheese (1/2 cup) and Breadcrumbs (1/2 cup) .
Step 13
Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Serve warm!

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Nutrition Per Serving
Calories
977
% Daily Value*
Fat
50.5 g
65%
Saturated Fat
25.3 g
127%
Trans Fat
0.0 g
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Cholesterol
147.0 mg
49%
Carbohydrates
88.9 g
32%
Fiber
7.1 g
25%
Sugars
19.0 g
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Protein
44.6 g
89%
Sodium
1106.0 mg
48%
Vitamin D
0.4 µg
2%
Calcium
686.8 mg
53%
Iron
4.5 mg
25%
Potassium
798.3 mg
17%
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