Indian Butter Chicken

I love when friends pass along their favorite recipes. Sometimes trying new recipes on pinterest can be a little risky, I’ve had my fair share of fails. But when a friend passes along one of their family’s favorite recipes then you just know it’s going to be a winner. That’s exactly what happened with this dish. My husband was the one that was especially excited about it, he loves curry dishes. I had been meaning to make it all week, but for different reasons I never got around to it until tonight when my husband happened to be out of town for business (in Fiji, so don’t feel too sorry for him). I honestly wasn’t sure if my kids would eat it, I worried it might be too spicy and I thought for sure my PB&J fan club wouldn’t even touch it (ahem, not naming names….Ryder). But let me tell you, this stuff was a huge hit with ALL of my kids! It wasn’t too spicy (although you could increase the red pepper flakes and get a spicy curry powder if you like the heat), and it is just bursting with flavor. Β The wide variety of spices add such a deep, rich flavor and the smell is just heavenly as it simmers. The yogurt and cream add a beautiful creamy texture, and it all just comes together like a masterpiece. I think I’m just going to have to make another pan of this to have waiting when my husband comes home next week! I don’t think anyone will be complaining about that.

Indian Butter Chicken
Melt butter with olive oil in large skillet and add finely diced onion, garlic and salt. Saute on med/high for 5-7 minutes, or until onions are soft and translucent. Stir in red pepper flakes, cumin, coriander, garam masala, tumeric, curry powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Continue to cook and stir for an additional 5 minutes or so (add a little water if it gets too dry). Add tomatoes, tomato paste and diced chicken. Stir together and cook an additional 5-7 minutes, or until chicken is just cooked through.

Indian Butter Chicken
Mix in yogurt and whipping cream then simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.

Indian Butter Chicken
Serve over cooked rice and garnish with chopped cilantro.

Indian Butter Chicken

1 small onion, finely diced
ΒΌ cup butter
2 Tbsp olive oil
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp of ground cumin
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp tumeric
1 tsp curry powder
2 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 cup diced tomatoes
1/3 cup tomato paste
1 cup plain greek yogurt
1 cup whipping cream
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced
cooked rice, to serve
chopped cilantro, to garnish

Melt butter with olive oil in large skillet and add finely diced onion, garlic and salt. Saute on med/high for 5-7 minutes, or until onions are soft and translucent. Stir in red pepper flakes, cumin, coriander, garam masala, tumeric, curry powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Continue to cook and stir for an additional 5 minutes or so (add a little water if it gets too dry). Add tomatoes, tomato paste and diced chicken. Stir together and cook an additional 5-7 minutes, or until chicken is just cooked through. Mix in yogurt and whipping cream then simmer uncovered for 20 minutes. Serve over cooked rice and garnish with chopped cilantro.

Source | Ruth Gray

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48 thoughts on “Indian Butter Chicken

  1. Janessa says:

    I’ll admit, I’m not the biggest curry fan. You’ve convinced me that I need to try this though. You’re quite the saleslady and the pictures look fabulous!

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  2. Loretta says:

    This looks absolutely lovely. I’ve made butter chicken before, but grilled the chicken tandoori style ahead of time, then made the sauce to go with it. I will try your recipe too πŸ™‚

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  3. joylovefood says:

    Yum, I love butter chicken, this sounds so good! How nice to have a friend pass along a family favorite, pinning to try soon, I think my kids will love it too. Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend? I hope you will join us again next Monday!

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  4. GFLife247 says:

    Wow! This looks so rich and flavorful. And, it’s so nice that your friend gave you the recipe. For my mom’s wedding shower (since she likes to cook), everyone gave her a different recipe. I think it’s a really cute idea. Now, that was over 25 years ago, but some of the recipes have still stuck around! In fact, my sister made one last week. Happy FF, and I hope you have a fabulous weekend! πŸ™‚

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  5. Giramuk's Kitchen says:

    This looks amazing too!! I don’t like butter chicken that’s sold in some restaurants that use the ready made curry paste (it has a metallic taste!), but absolutely love authentic homemade butter chicken! This recipe looks like a keeper! πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for sharing the recipe with us at FF!! πŸ™‚

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