Diva Tasting: Indian Butter Chicken…

Indian Dishes Quick and Easy

Indian Butter Chicken

1 Tablespoon Peanut Oil

1 Shallot, Finely Chopped

¼ White Onion, Chopped

2 Tablespoons Butter

2 Teaspoons Lemon Juice

1 Tablespoon Ginger Garlic Paste

1 Teaspoon Garam Masala

1 Teaspoon Chili Powder

1 Teaspoon Ground Cumin

1 Bay Leaf

¼ Cup Plain Yogurt

1 Cup Half-And-Half

1 Cup Tomato Puree

¼ Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper, Or To Taste

1 Pinch Salt

1 Pinch Black Pepper

1 Tablespoon Peanut Oil

1 Pound Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs, Cut Into Bite-Size Pieces

1 Teaspoon Garam Masala

1 Pinch Cayenne Pepper

1 Tablespoon Cornstarch

¼ Cup Water


Step 1 Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Saute shallot and onion until soft and translucent. Stir in butter, lemon juice, ginger-garlic paste, 1 teaspoon garam masala, chili powder, cumin and bay leaf. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add tomato sauce, and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in half-and-half and yogurt. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Season with salt pepper. Remove from heat and set aside.

Step 2 Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Cook chicken until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Reduce heat, and season with 1 teaspoon garam masala and cayenne. Stir in a few spoonfuls of sauce, and simmer until liquid has reduced, and chicken is no longer pink. Stir cooked chicken into sauce.

Step 3 Mix together cornstarch and water, then stir into the sauce. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes, or until thickened. Serves 4 Serve with rice .


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