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Butter Chicken

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"The dish is famous the world over, and is probably one of the most loved of Indian meals."

Serves 4 Servings | Prep Time Marinate 3 hrs | Cook Time 1 hour

Why I Love This Recipe

Butter Chicken is an Indian dish popular in countries all over the world. It is a dish made by marinating a chicken overnight in a yoghurt and spice mixture. The chicken is then roasted or baked.

A sauce is made from butter, tomatoes, almonds and various spices, usually including the famous tandoori masala spice mix, and sometimes cream. Once the sauce is prepared, the marinated and roasted chicken is chopped and added to it.

Submitted by: "Shamim Jiwa-Kassam"

Ingredients You'll Need

Ingredients for Chicken Marinade
• 1 1b boneless chicken breast, cut into cubes
• 1/2 cup plain yoghurt
• 1 tsp. garlic paste
• 1 tsp. ginger paste
• 1 tsp. salt
• 1 teaspoon coriander powder
• 1 teaspoon cumin powder
• 1 tsp. red chilli powder (optional)
• ¼ tsp turmeric powder
• 1 tbsp. oil

Additional Ingredients
• 4 tbsp. butter + 4 tbsp. oil
• 1 large onion, finely chopped
• 1/2 tsp. ginger paste
• 1/2 tsp. garlic paste
• 2 green chillies (optional)
• 1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
• 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
• 1/2 tsp. garam masala
• salt to taste


In a medium bowl, combine all the marinade ingredients except oil. Whisk until smooth. Add the chicken and allow to marinate for at least 3 hours.

Heat the tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Add the marinated chicken (discard any excess marinade) and cook for about 5-6 minutes, stirring as required to brown all sides. Set aside.

Heat the butter and oil in a heavy bottom pot over medium heat, add the onions and fry until they are translucent. Then add the ginger and garlic paste and the green chilies, cook for about 30 seconds then add the crushed tomatoes.

Cook on high heat for a few minutes, then lower to a simmer and cook until the tomatoes are well-cooked and some oil begins to release from the sides.

Add the grilled chicken cubes. Simmer together for about 5 minutes until the gravy coats the chicken cubes well, you can add a bit of warm water at this stage if you want extra gravy. The gravy will thicken when you add the whipping cream.

Add the garam masala and the whipping cream, stir well and simmer on low heat for 3 minutes. Adjust seasoning.

Serve over rice or with naan.

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