Better Butter Chicken

This recipe is a healthier version of Indian Butter Chicken adapted from the Looney Spoons Cookbook. With additional vegetables and a light cream/yogurt combo you will feel great serving this to your family.

Butter Chicken
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Serve this dish with naan bread or rice.
Butter Chicken
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Serve this dish with naan bread or rice.
Spice Mixture
Add just before Serving:
  1. Prepare onions, garlic and chicken and set aside separately. Dice the red pepper and add to a medium sized bowl with spice mixture.
  2. In your skillet or dutch oven melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium high heat.
  3. Add chicken pieces and cook until no longer pink stirring only when needed so the chicken gets a nice caramel colour - approximately 5-7 minutes. Remove chicken and set aside.
  4. In the same pan melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Saute onions for approximately 5 minutes until translucent and soft. Add garlic and cook stirring often for an additional 2 minutes.
  5. Add contents from the medium sized bowl - red pepper, ginger, chili powder, turmeric and cinnamon. Cook another 2 minutes.
  6. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, brown sugar, salt, pepper and reserved chicken. Cover and simmer about 10 minutes.
  7. Add cream and yogurt and stir. At this point you can transport home and refrigerate until dinner time. Heat through with the lid on just before dinner. Do not bring to a boil.
  8. Stir in cilantro or sprinkle on top. Serve over basmati rice or with naan. Note: For taking home and reheating stop at step 6 - add the cream and yogurt but do not reheat on the stove until 15 minutes before dinner.
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If your family is not fond of diced tomatoes then use a can of crushed tomatoes or a jar of passata.

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