Tested till perfect Butter Chicken
Butter Chicken
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Butter Chicken

Re-create this rich, velvety, Indian restaurant favourite at home. Serve with pappadams. These crisp savoury crackers are available in supermarkets and South Asian grocery stores.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: October 2005

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 41 ratings.
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  • Portion size 8


  • 2 cups 2cupsBalkan-style plain yogurt
  • 6 6cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 piece (1-inch/2.5 cm) 1piece (1-inch/2.5 cm)gingerroot, minced
  • 1 tbsp 1tbspgaram masala
  • 1 tbsp 1tbsplime juice
  • 1 tbsp 1tbspmedium curry paste
  • 2 tsp 2tspmild paprika
  • 2 tsp 2tspground cumin
  • 2 tsp 2tspcoriander
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspsalt
  • 8 8air chilled chicken breastchicken breasts, with wings if desired

Butter Sauce:

  • 1 tbsp 1tbspvegetable oil
  • 1 1oniononions, chopped
  • 1 tbsp 1tbspgaram masala
  • 2 tsp 2tspmild paprika
  • 2 tsp 2tspmedium curry paste
  • 1 can (28 oz/796 ml) 1can (28 oz/796 ml)tomatotomatoes
  • 3/4 cup 3/4cupwhipping cream
  • 1/3 cup 1/3cupcold butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupchopped fresh coriander
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1-  Line sieve with cheesecloth; set over bowl. Add yogurt; drain in refrigerator for 1 hour. Discard liquid; place yogurt in large bowl. Whisk in garlic, ginger, garam masala, lime juice, curry paste, paprika, cumin, coriander and salt.

2-  Add chicken to bowl and turn to coat; cover and refrigerate for 24 hours, turning occasionally. Place chicken, skin side up, on rack in large shallow roasting pan; spoon yogurt mixture over top. Roast in 400°F (200°C) oven until no longer pink inside, about 45 minutes. Transfer to platter and tent with foil; let stand for 10 minutes. Skim fat from pan juices, reserving juices in pan.

3-  Butter Sauce: Meanwhile, in large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Fry onion until browned, about 10 minutes. Add garam masala, paprika and curry paste; cook, stirring often, until fragrant and beginning to stick to pan, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and scrape up brown bits from bottom of pan; mash tomatoes. Simmer until spoon or spatula pulled across bottom of pan leaves gap that fills in slowly, about 15 minutes. Let cool slightly. In food processor or blender, purée until smooth. (Make-ahead: Let cool; cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)

4-  Pour sauce into roasting pan; bring to boil over medium heat, scraping up any brown bits. Add cream and butter, a few pieces at a time, cooking just until each is melted. Pour over chicken. Garnish with coriander.

Additional information : Garam Masala:
1 tbsp (15 mL) each broken cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, peppercorns, whole cloves and fennel seeds.

In small skillet over medium-low heat, toast cinnamon, cardamom, peppercorns and cloves until fragrant and lightly coloured, about 5 minutes. Add fennel seeds; toast for 1 minute. Transfer to spice grinder or mortar and pestle; grind to fine powder. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 1 month.)

Makes1/4 cup (50 mL).

Nutritional Information Per serving without skin : about

cal 439 pro 37g total fat 26g sat. fat 13g
carb 12g fibre 2g chol 176mg sodium 508mg

% RDI:

calcium 15 iron 24 vit A 34 vit C 33
folate 9
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