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    Chicken Makhani (Indian Butter Chicken)

    Chicken Makhani (Indian Butter Chicken). Photo by Bonnie G #2

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    30 mins

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    20 mins

    Chef 4TeenSon's Note:

    Easy, healthy and flavorful one-pot meal. Exotic flavor with somewhat common ingredients.

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    1. 1
      Start cooking rice.
    2. 2
      Cook chicken in oil in a large pot over med-high heat until just starting to brown.
    3. 3
      Add onion and some salt, stir until the onion is soft.
    4. 4
      Add ginger and garlic; stir for 2 minutes. Sprinkle on garam masala, chili powder, cumin, and red pepper, stirring for 2 minutes.
    5. 5
      Stir in remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
    6. 6
      Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.
    7. 7
      Remove bay leaf and stir in prepared rice. Taste for more salt and black pepper.
    8. 8
      Plate and garnish with chopped scallions/green onions and/or cilantro (if desired).

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 01, 2009


      Very yummy - used Creme Fraiche in place of sour cream... the only thing is my guests found it too spicey... i'll adjust the seasonings next time.

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    • on July 01, 2008


      This was really yummy. I did not have gamram masala and hand so I had to omit that, but followed the rest to the letter and the dish still came out great! Thanks for sharing.

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    • on November 14, 2013


      Very delicious! Thanks for sharing. I didn't have a bay leaf, though, so I omitted it and used Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. However, we followed the spices and everything else to a T. I didn't think it was "spicy" and I'm very sensitive to heat (jalapenos make my eyes water). Perhaps people who thought it was aren't accustomed to the many different spices in Indian dishes. I also agree with another reviewer- very adaptable! We've made this a few times now and I keep coming back to look at this recipe again.

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    Nutritional Facts for Chicken Makhani (Indian Butter Chicken)

    Serving Size: 1 (481 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 483.8
    Calories from Fat 141
    Total Fat 15.7 g
    Saturated Fat 6.2 g
    Cholesterol 119.9 mg
    Sodium 804.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 53.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.7 g
    Sugars 14.0 g
    Protein 31.9 g

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