Butter Chicken Curry

Butter chicken is a rich, aromatic tomato-based curry made with tender chicken that has been marinated in a spiced yogurt...
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Butter chicken is a rich, aromatic tomato-based curry made with tender chicken that has been marinated in a spiced yogurt sauce and can be served with steamed jasmine rice and naan

Ingredients

For the marinade:

  • 1  Teaspoon  salt
  • red chiles
  • bay leaves
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  ground cloves
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • 2  Teaspoons  garam masala
  • cardamom pods
  • 6.7  Ounces  plain yogurt
  • fourteen-ounce cans of whole peeled tomatoes
  • fourteen-ounce can of tomato puree
  • Thumb-size piece ginger, grated
  • 1  Tablespoon  vinegar
  • garlic cloves
  • chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized chunks

For the butter chicken:

  • 3  Tablespoons  oil/ghee
  • large onions, sliced
  • garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 3.5  Ounces  butter, cubed
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste

Directions

For the marinade:

In a blender, process the spices, yogurt, tomatoes, ginger, vinegar, sugar, and garlic until completely fine. Pour over the chopped chicken and allow to marinate for 2 hours. 

For the butter chicken:

Heat the oil in a hot pot and fry the onions until soft and golden. Add the garlic and fry for another minute then add the chicken and all the marinade and allow to come to a boil. Lower the heat and allow to cook for 30–45 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked and the sauce has thickened. Add the butter and stir through. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve with jasmine rice and naan bread.

Butter Chicken Shopping Tip

If you’re buying chicken at the store, make sure that it’s the last thing you pick up before hitting the checkout – and to head straight home with it to the icebox.

Butter Chicken Cooking Tip

Wash everything that chicken touches with soap and hot water.