This is a recipe I have perfected over the years and passed onto many others. The sauce is perfect when creamy and not too thick or too thin. The level of salt and spices can be suited to your taste. Garam and tandoori masala can be found in the ethnic aisle of your grocery store.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • Melt a few tablespoons of butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in onion and garlic, and cook slowly until the onion caramelizes to a dark brown, about 15 minutes.

  • Meanwhile melt the remaining butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat along with the tomato sauce, heavy cream, salt, cayenne pepper, and garam masala. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low; cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then stir in caramelized onions.

  • While the sauce is simmering, toss cubed chicken breast with vegetable oil until coated, then season with tandoori masala and spread out onto a baking sheet.

  • Bake chicken in preheated oven until no longer pink in the center, about 12 minutes. Once done, add the chicken to the sauce and simmer for 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

880 calories; 82.3 g total fat; 303 mg cholesterol; 1461 mg sodium. 12.8 g carbohydrates; 26.4 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
03/06/2008
I originally submitted this recipe. I've been experimenting and have found a healthier low fat version that's just as delicious: 1/4 butter (instead of 1 cup) and 1 can of evaporated skim milk (instead of cream). Turns out lighter but just as delicious. I've also used white fish scallops and prawns in place of the chicken sometimes! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
06/22/2012
I was intrigued but once I saw 1 cup of butter PLUS 3 cups heavy cream and almost 900 calories per serving----wow. I'm sure this dish is delish but definitely NOT healthy!!!! Will have to keep looking for something with more reasonable ingredients. Read More
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  • 3 star values: 37
  • 2 star values: 11
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: 5 stars
03/06/2008
I originally submitted this recipe. I've been experimenting and have found a healthier low fat version that's just as delicious: 1/4 butter (instead of 1 cup) and 1 can of evaporated skim milk (instead of cream). Turns out lighter but just as delicious. I've also used white fish scallops and prawns in place of the chicken sometimes! Read More
(3087)
Rating: 5 stars
03/06/2008
I originally submitted this recipe. I've been experimenting and have found a healthier low fat version that's just as delicious: 1/4 butter (instead of 1 cup) and 1 can of evaporated skim milk (instead of cream). Turns out lighter but just as delicious. I've also used white fish scallops and prawns in place of the chicken sometimes! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2007
This recipes was delicious! I made a few changes mostly to keep the number of pans down. I carmelized the onions in a large pan then I added the rest of the butter tomato sauce cream and spices and simmered (on EXTREMELY low heat) for about 10 minutes. Then I added the ckicken bits right into the sauce mixture (without tandoori masala) and let it simmer on low for about 25 more minutes until the chicken was done being careful not to boil the cream. The chicken was tender and the sauce was delicious. I served it over basmati rice and garnished with fresh cilantro. My husband loved it! One of the best Indian recipes I've found. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2007
Fabulous! The only change we made was to substitute the tandoori marsala with 1 Tbsp. curry powder. We loved it and will serve it to company. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2008
This was SO good!! And easy! I cut down on the dishes and made this all in my cast iron dutch oven. I caramelized the onions and garlic in the butter once they were done I removed them to a bowl and deglazed the pan with a little chicken broth. Made the sauce as directed and once it was hot I added the chicken. I didn't have any tandoori masala so I marinated the chicken pieces in a mixture of yogurt lemon juice garam masala cayenne and curry powder for a couple of hours. Turned out great!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2008
This turned out fabulous. Made changes as suggested by others: made it all in one pan didn't have tandoori marsala so used 1 TBS of curry instead used 1 can of coconut milk instead of the heavy cream used less butter and omitted the salt. Next time I'll add more onions. Served with Naan bread and rice. It was fantastic! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2008
I used the lightened version (1/4 cup butter; evaporated milk) and it was delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2008
this was amazing and super easy! I also recommend skipping out on the salt and experimenting with the degree of cayenne pepper based on your spiciness preference. Another good idea is to add in vegetables! (red/green pepper's carrots asparagus etc.) it tastes GREAT and it adds a bit of health to the meal! try adding them in about... 10 or 15 minutes b4 the sauce is done depending how crunchy or soft you want the veggy's!:) hope that helps! good luck! this is an AMAZING dish Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/29/2010
this is a great recipe however with 82 grms of fat it is a walking heart attack waiting to happen. i followed the lower fat recipe rated below with only 1/4 cup of butter and carnation evaporated milk with the addition of 1 tbsp. of brown sugar with excellent results! I added onions and a few chopped fresh plum tomatoes also. This dish tastes amazing the next day! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2011
Loved it! It was delicious!! I changed it up a bit after reading other reviews: 1/4 cup butter (instead of 1 cup) 1 can fat free evaporated milk (instead of 3 cups heavy cream) 1/2 teaspoon salt (instead of 2 teaspoons) 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (instead of 1 teaspoon) and 1 tablespoon curry powder (instead of garam masala which I could not find) I omitted the vegetable oil and tandoori masala. I cooked it all in one pot like someone else had suggested. Caramelized the onions with 2 tablespoons butter and set them aside deglazed the pan with a little bit of chicken broth (low sodium kind) added the rest of the butter tomato sauce evaporated milk salt cayenne and curry. Stirred it added cut up raw chicken and then simmered for 25 min. Then stirred in the onions. It was fantastic over basmati rice I would definitely make it again!! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
06/22/2012
I was intrigued but once I saw 1 cup of butter PLUS 3 cups heavy cream and almost 900 calories per serving----wow. I'm sure this dish is delish but definitely NOT healthy!!!! Will have to keep looking for something with more reasonable ingredients. Read More
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