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Rich, flavorful butter chicken. So good, and clean eating, too! // 40 Aprons
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Butter Chicken

Rich, flavorful butter chicken. So good, and clean eating, too!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword butter chicken, main course
Prep Time 19 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 54 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 1150kcal
Author Cheryl Malik

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil , coconut oil, or ghee
  • 2 pounds chicken thigh filets , excess fat trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup butter or ghee
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger (told you)
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 cardamom pods , bruised with the flat side of a knife
  • 15- ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon sugar or honey/maple syrup/coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup full-fat plain yogurt
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream or half-and-half
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt , to taste
  • cilantro chopped, for garnish
  • 1 cup steamed basmati rice , to serve
  • fresh naan , to serve

Instructions

  • Heat a wok or large skillet until very hot. Add 1 tablespoon oil and swirl to coat. Add half the chicken and stir fry for 4 minutes, or until browned. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add remaining tablespoon oil, and stir fry the remaining half of chicken until browned. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Pour out oil.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low. Add butter to skillet and melt. Add garam masala, sweet paprika, coriander, ginger, chili powder, cinnamon stick, and cardamom pods and stir fry for 1 minute or until fragrant. Return the chicken to the skillet and mix to coat in the spices.
  • Add the tomato sauce and sugar/sweetener and simmer, stirring, for 15 minutes, or until the chicken is tender and the sauce has thickened.
  • Add the yogurt, cream, and lemon juice and simmer for 5 minutes or until the sauce has thickened slightly. Add salt to taste.

Notes

Serve over rice with fresh naan and sprinkle with chopped fresh cilantro.

Nutrition

Serving: 4g | Calories: 1150kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 77g | Saturated Fat: 30g | Cholesterol: 319mg | Sodium: 1668mg | Potassium: 987mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 2198IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 4mg | Net Carbs: 63g