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    Murgh Makhani (Indian Butter Chicken)

    Murgh Makhani (Indian Butter Chicken). Photo by Karen Elizabeth

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    Lavender Lynn's Note:

    "This is a simple home version of butter chicken, also known as 'murgh' or 'chicken makhani,' a popular dish in Indian restaurants. This is best served with naan, an Indian bread, or you can also serve this with basmati rice." **60 minute marinating time is not included in time to prepare.

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    1. 1
      Stir the yogurt and tandoori masala powder together in a large bowl until thoroughly combined; add the chicken and toss to coat evenly.
    2. 2
      Marinate in refrigerator for 1 hour. Drain and discard any excess marinade.
    3. 3
      Puree the onion, ginger, and garlic with the water in a blender until it forms a smooth paste; set aside.
    4. 4
      Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
    5. 5
      Cook the chicken in the hot oil until lightly browned on all sides, about 5 minutes.
    6. 6
      Remove from skillet and set aside.
    7. 7
      Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons in the skillet.
    8. 8
      Fry the onion paste in the hot oil until the moisture is mostly evaporated, about 3 minutes.
    9. 9
      Sprinkle the garam masala and chili powder over the mixture; cook 1 minute more.
    10. 10
      Pour the tomato sauce into the mixture, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook another 5 minutes.
    11. 11
      Return the chicken to the pan along with the half and half; bring to a boil. Add the butter, fenugreek leaves, and salt; reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered until the chicken pieces are no longer pink in the middle, 15 to 20 minutes.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 14, 2012


      A really nice butter chicken! Minor changes ... lacking fenugreek leaves I added fenugreek seeds, a little earlier in the cooking process. I used chicken fillets rather than thighs, chopped into bite-size pieces, I used cream, and I didnt make the onion mixture into a paste, because I do prefer a sauce with a more robust texture. These changes didnt in anyway alter the wonderful taste and aroma of this classic dish, we enjoyed a marvellous dinner, and DH is enjoying what was left, for lunch! Total keeper, Lynn, thank you, made for ZWT8

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    Nutritional Facts for Murgh Makhani (Indian Butter Chicken)

    Serving Size: 1 (362 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 612.8
    Calories from Fat 442
    Total Fat 49.1 g
    Saturated Fat 16.6 g
    Cholesterol 181.3 mg
    Sodium 1126.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 9.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.2 g
    Sugars 4.8 g
    Protein 33.5 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    tandoori spice mix

    fresh ginger

    dried fenugreek leaves

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