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    Butter Chicken

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    35 mins

    15 mins

    20 mins

    SpiceBunny's Note:

    This is a chicken recipe without all the fat but with all the tomatoey, spicy, creamy taste of butter chicken. The dominant flavours are coriander, cumin, tomatoes, onions and yogourt-based sauce. It's delicious!

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    1. 1
      Cut chicken into small cubes (1 inch) and set aside.
    2. 2
      Slice onions into thin wedges.
    3. 3
      Melt butter until frothy. Add onions and cinnamon and fry lightly until onions are transparent.
    4. 4
      Stir in crushed ginger and garlic.
    5. 5
      Add turmeric, chili and coriander, and sauté over medium heat.
    6. 6
      Add cubed chicken and sauté, stirring constantly until chicken has turned white.
    7. 7
      Pour ground almonds, tomatoes and tomato paste.
    8. 8
      Mix thoroughly.
    9. 9
      Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Add yogourt and heat through.
    10. 10
      Serve on basmati rice with a salad and indian bread.
    11. 11
      Note: I usually add a tsp of honey and a splash of sake and let it simmer.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 09, 2010


      Made this last night and we loved it, so creamy and the subtle spicy flavours were delicious. The intro mentions cumin as a dominant flavour but it is not listed in the ingredients, so I added 2 teaspoons cumin at stage 5. I also added the optional honey at stage 7, but no sake. I served it with simple boiled white rice and it was so gorgeous, I'm sure we'll be having this again. Thank you for posting this very special recipe.

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    • on July 23, 2011


      I'm vegetarian, but am into substituting. So I made this using extra firm tofu, instead of the chicken. Served it over basmati rice. Everybody thought it was delicious. Thanks.

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    • on September 21, 2006


      This was a really lovely, creamy, but still spicy curry. I used the optional honey, but not the Sake as I don't have any. I'll definitely be making this again soon!

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    Nutritional Facts for Butter Chicken

    Serving Size: 1 (349 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 2

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 675.3
    Calories from Fat 368
    Total Fat 40.9 g
    Saturated Fat 15.1 g
    Cholesterol 183.7 mg
    Sodium 587.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 23.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.0 g
    Sugars 13.3 g
    Protein 54.7 g

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