Easy Butter Chicken
Indian butter chicken is absolute comfort food. Rich, creamy, tomato-based gravy simmered with big morsels of marinated chicken. Today, I share my version which is similar to the one made in resaturants. Perfect over white rice, chapati, roti, or naan.
Servings 4 servings
- 500 grams Chicken boneless
- 4 tbsp oil
- 1 tsp Cayenne Hot chilie powder (optional)
- 2 tbsp Tomato paste
- ¼ tsp Salt
- ¼ tsp Pepper
- ½ cup Fresh cream (25% fat or more)
- 2 tbsp Butter
- ½ tbsp Ginger paste
- ½ tbsp Garlic paste
- 1 tbsp Coriander powder
- 1 tsp Cumin powder
- ½ tsp Turmeric powder
- 1 tbsp Chili powder or paprika (sweet or spicy)
- ½ tsp Fenugreek leaves dry (optional)
- ¼ tsp Salt
- ¼ tsp Black pepper
- 10 Cashew nuts
- 2 Cardamom pods
- 1 Garlic sliced
- 1 inch Ginger sliced
- 2 Mace dried
- 2 large Tomato roughly chopped
Clean and cut chicken to bite size pieces
Add all marinate ingredients in a bowl along with chicken
Combine well - leave for an hour on the counter top or in the fridge up to 8 hours.
In a saute pan, add 2 tbsp oil
Saute the marinated chicken for 3 minutes stirring often
Once the chicken is no longer pink.
Remove from the pan and set aside
In the same pan (no need to wash) Add remaining oil
Saute cardamom, mace, cashew nuts.
Then, add the ginger, garlic, and sliced tomatoes - saute for 3 minutes
Blend this to a smooth paste using a hand blender ( or mixer)
Strain it thru a sieve (this gives that restaurant-quality smooth velvet-like sauce) - (Optional)
Return it back to the pan
Turn the heat up and cook for 2 minutes more- cover as the tomatoes mixture will splatter
Add the chilie powder and tomato paste
Return the chicken back to the pan, add salt and pepper.
Add ½ cup water. Cover and cook on medium-heat for 10 minutes
Taste and adjust seasoning.
Finally, add the cream and butter. Stir until butter is melted
Serve over white rice, chapati, naan, or roti.
Calories: 422kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 171mg | Potassium: 481mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1892IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 2mg