Lighten Up: Chicken Tikka Masala with Rice and Naan

{© Lynn Daue, 2011}
Did you get excited when you saw the post title? Did you think that you got to eat real rice and real naan?

I'm so sorry if that's the case. Because this post is full of a whole lotta fake.

Thankfully, the Chicken Tikka Masala is for real. And it is fo' realz delish.

I was at our local supermarket a few weeks ago and ran across these cool spice packets from McCormick. I've recently been craving Indian food, so when I saw that they had Chicken Tikka Masala, I was stoked. Stoked, I tell you. What's more is that they had a recipe on the back.

Unfortunately, that recipe called for 1/3 c heavy whipping cream, which is most definitely *not* on my diet. So I substituted 1/3 c of low-fat kefir,an effervescent liquid yogurt drink smoothie thingie (I think it's officially touted as a "milk smoothie") and continued with the recipe as prescribed.

Naan is clearly in the realm of Very Very Carby, since it's you know, BREAD, so I substituted with a galette. I added 1/2 t of ground cumin to give it a nice Southeast Asian tang to it, as well as 1/4 t baking powder to make it a little fluffier.

I think it's still a little pancake-y, but it served its purpose: to be AWESOME.

For the rice, I turned to my favorite Tofu Shirataki noodles (spaghetti-shaped). After boiling for 5 minutes, I drained and chopped into little pieces. When topped with the Chicken Tikka Masala, you could barely tell the difference between my rice and my family's basmati rice. Barely.

How does this meal stack up against the original?

Before you freak out at the number of carb or fat grams in the light version, know that most of the fat grams come from the boneless, skinless chicken breast (totally on the Dukan Diet) and the carbs come from the dairy products, which are also on the diet. So eat with abandon and enjoy!

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