Indian Butter Chicken

"This is a good recipe to make for someone just trying Indian food. This version came from Sunset March 2001. Feel free to add more jalapeno if you like it hotter, or add some cayenne pepper after tasting."
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  • In a 5- to 6-quart pan, combine onion, ginger, chili, and oil. Stir often over high heat until onion is lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in garam masala.
  • Scrape mixture into a blender; add tomato paste and chicken broth. Whirl until very smooth.
  • Pour mixture back into pan, add cream, and bring to a gentle boil over high heat (mixture is inclined to spatter). Reduce heat and simmer, stirring often, until reduced to 3 cups, about 5 minutes. Pour sauce into a bowl. Rinse and dry pan.
  • Mix chicken with pepper and sprinkle lightly with salt. Set pan over high heat; add 1 tablespoon butter and the chicken. Stir until chicken is no longer pink on the surface, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the sauce and simmer over medium heat, stirring often, until chicken is no longer pink in the center (cut to test), 3 to 4 minutes. Cut remaining 3 tablespoons butter into chunks and stir into sauce until melted.
  • Spoon chicken and sauce onto rice. Add salt to taste. Squeeze lime juice over portions. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro if desired.

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  1. Yum! This was terrific. We are not the biggest fans of Indian food in general, but this one hit all the right notes. My husband saw it and was sure he wasn't going to like it....but he did! The chicken is soooooo tender. The sauce was luscious and fabulous over rice! Thank you!
  2. We absolutely love butter chicken and this is one of the easiest and most flavorful recipes that I have tried. I didn't change a thing and we enjoyed it over rice with cilantro leaves. Sooo good.
  3. This made a great dinner for us tonight. We ate this with chimichurri rice.
  4. All diners here declared this dish a hit. I skipped the blender step and left the sauce a tad chunky. I thought the sauce was a tad thin, but it was wonderful on the rice so not a problem. I will make this again!
  5. This was a hit at my house. My grandson used all of the leftovers to make a burrito. lol. Thanks for sharing, breezer. Made for CQ4.


  1. Added more onion and used two jalapeno peppers with the seeds for heat.



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