This is a version of the popular 'Butter Chicken' recipe found in most Indian restaurants. I adapted it from a delicious sauce recipe in one of my cookbooks that always drives me wild, and streamlined it so it doesn't take half as long to make. Basically, it's chicken cooked in a spicy tomato cream sauce. Serve with naan and basmati rice.

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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir the chicken in the hot oil until completely browned, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

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  • Wrap cardamom pods, cloves, peppercorns, and cinnamon stick in cheesecloth and secure with elastic or twist-tie.

  • Blend the serrano peppers, ginger paste, and garlic paste together in a blender until smooth; add the crushed tomatoes and blend again until integrated. Transfer the mixture to a saucepan; add the water, paprika, and the spice bundle to the saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until the volume of the liquid reduces to about half. Add the browned chicken to the liquid and stir. Cover the saucepan and simmer until the chicken is no longer pink in the center, about 15 minutes. Stir the salt and fenugreek seeds into the mixture and continue simmering another 5 minutes. Remove the bundle of spices and discard. Stir the butter and cream into the mixture; simmer until the butter is melted completely, 3 to 4 minutes. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts

676 calories; 46.9 g total fat; 166 mg cholesterol; 1182 mg sodium. 33.7 g carbohydrates; 33 g protein; Full Nutrition


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Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2014
Takes a bit of time to make but once you put it on the plate it will all be worth it. The family loved it! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 4 stars
03/08/2012
Faster version of Butter Chicken. One could use about 2 ts of Garam Masala as well instead of the cardamom pods cloves cinnamon to make it less work. I used cream but next time I will use Greek style Yogurt for a creamier texture. Did not have Serrano peppers so used hot Sriracha paste and also used Ghee instead of regular butter. I simmered this for about 30 minutes. Also sauted half an onion. (A note about the ingredients: calls for fenugreek 'leaves' but the directions refer to fenugreek 'seeds'?? I used seeds but did grind them a bit) Will make again. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 2
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Rating: 4 stars
03/08/2012
Faster version of Butter Chicken. One could use about 2 ts of Garam Masala as well instead of the cardamom pods cloves cinnamon to make it less work. I used cream but next time I will use Greek style Yogurt for a creamier texture. Did not have Serrano peppers so used hot Sriracha paste and also used Ghee instead of regular butter. I simmered this for about 30 minutes. Also sauted half an onion. (A note about the ingredients: calls for fenugreek 'leaves' but the directions refer to fenugreek 'seeds'?? I used seeds but did grind them a bit) Will make again. Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2014
Takes a bit of time to make but once you put it on the plate it will all be worth it. The family loved it! Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2018
An Indian lady who served lunch at my office got me hooked. But she'd make it infrequently. Then I left the job never to have again. Found this recipe tried it and it was AWESOME!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2019
Tasty recipe I prefer this one to NY Times recipe. I made the Indian Basmati Rice recipe to go with it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2017
Made it with leftover Thanksgiving turkey and Thai chilis. Turned it great! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/23/2019
This was really tasty! Just a note. Be sure to fully purée the tomatoes so there are no chunks before cooking. That helps the cream and butter flavors blend better. Also I doubled the butter since it didn t taste like what I usually have without doing that. I will definitely make this again! Read More
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