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Butter Chicken

a dinner recipe
ingredients
FOR THE MARINADE:
1 lb Chicken (Preferably skinless,boneless thighs) cut into 1-1.5 inch pieces
2 tbsp plain Greek Yogurt
½ tbsp Kashmiri red chilli powder or paprika
1 tbsp chilli powder
1 tbsp coriander powder
½ tsp turmeric
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
pinch salt
FOR THE GRAVY:
1 inch cinnamon stick
2-3 green cardamom pods
3-4 cloves
1 Indian bay leaf
1 big red onion
¼ cup whole cashews (optional)
3-4 medium tomatoes
½ tsp red chili powder
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp butter
3-4 tbsp fresh cream
salt to taste
½ cup water
Butter Chicken
a dinner recipe
I'm Jayalakshmi Rangarajan, a software engineer by profession and a food photographer by passion. I'm currently based out of Memphis, Tennessee. A winner of 16 international food photography awards, I enjoy styling and photographing food and produce. I've worked with leading brands to create images and videos that convey a food story. Check out my Instagram handle at @jayalakshmi.rangarajan.
a little bit about the recipe
Butter Chicken is a popular Indian dish across the globe. A classic favorite in most Indian restaurants, this creamy tangy dish is an onion tomato based gravy with sautéed chicken simmered in the gravy.
TIME (ACTIVE) | 30 M
TIME (INACTIVE) | 30 M
TOTAL | 1 H
SERVINGS
directions
  • Marinate chicken with all the ingredients under marinade. Mix well and let it rest in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

  • After the chicken has rested for the mentioned duration, gently saute them in a greased skillet for 2-3 minutes.Remove them from the pan and set aside.

  • For the gravy, heat oil and butter in a pan.

  • Add the whole spices - cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and bay leaf. Saute until fragrant.

  • Then add roughly chopped onions and saute on high heat for 2-3 minutes till pink and translucent.

  • Next add roughly chopped tomatoes and cashews. Add turmeric , Kashmiri chilli powder and chilli powder. Mix well, simmer and cook for 7-8 minutes till the tomatoes are cooked through. Switch off the flame. Let the mixture cool completely.

  • Once the mixture is cooled, transfer to a blender and blend to a smooth paste.

  • Transfer the blended paste back to the pan. Add required salt and adjust the consistency by adding water if needed.

  • Add the chicken pieces and simmer for 10 minutes.

  • Stir in fresh cream and give a stir.

  • Turn off the heat. Serve Butter Chicken with Garlic/Plain Naan or Basmati rice.

expiry
The gravy can be prepared ahead and stored in the refrigerator.
Can also be frozen and stored for a week.
tips
Butter Chicken goes well with any type of Naan or Jeera/Plain Basmati rice.
ingredients in recipe
5.0
Spanish
powder
This version of Spanish paprika has only a very mild amount of heat, with a slightly sweet and slightly smoky flavor. It is a deep red color with flecks of yellow and has a smooth, fine granular texture.
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A versatile spice with a bright citrusy flavor. Coriander seed is found in dishes from many cultures: Tex-Mex, Indian, Middle Eastern, etc. Whole seeds are also found in pickling spices.
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ground
Ground turmeric will impart your dish with a vibrant yellow hue; it will also imbue a mild earthy-sweet flavor with a slight edge of pepperiness. Famously found in curry spice blends.
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green pods
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(Tej Patta)
whole, various sizes
Commonly used in Indian and South Asian cuisines. It has a distinctive fragrance and a warm, slightly sweet flavor. NOT to be confused with bay laurel bay leaves.
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