- Peanut Oil2 Tablespoons
- Shallot1finely chopped
- White Onion1/4
- Butter2 Tablespoons
- Lemon Juice2 Teaspoons
- Ginger-Garlic Paste1 Tablespoons
- Chili Powder1 Teaspoons
- Cumin1 Teaspoonsground
- Bay Leaf1
- Plain Yogurt1/4 Cups
- Half-and-Half1 Cups
- Tomato Puree1 Cups
- Cayenne pepper1 1/4 Teaspoons
- Salt1 Pinch
- Black Pepper1 Pinch
- Chicken thighs1 Poundsboneless, skinless; cut into bite-size pieces
- Cornstarch1 Tablespoons
- Water1/4 Cups
1) Add a tablespoon of olive oil in a saucepan and bring the pan over high heat.
2) Add onion and shallots in the pan and saute them until they become translucent.
3) Add butter, chili powder (1 tsp), and a bay leaf in the pan and cook for about a minute.
4) Then add ginger-garlic paste, cumin, and lemon juice in the pan and again cook for about a minute.
5) Then add tomato sauce in the pan cook for another 2 minutes. Do stir the mixture frequently.
6) Now add yogurt and half-and-half and mix well again.
7) Reduce the heat to low and cook the mixture for another 10 minutes.
8) Add salt and pepper in the pan and give it another stir.
9) Then remove the pan from heat and set it aside.
10) Add a tablespoon of oil in a large skillet and bring it over medium heat.
11) Add chicken in the skillet and cook it for another 10 minutes so that the chicken turns light brown in color.
12) Reduce the heat to low and then add cayenne in it. Mix well again.
13) Add a few spoons of sauce and then cook so that the chicken is well cooked and the sauce is quite reduced.
14) Add cooked chicken to the sauce.
15) Pour water in a small bowl and add cornstarch in it. Mix well and then add this mixture to the sauce.
16) Cook for another 10 minutes so that the sauce becomes thick.
17) Serve this delicious Indian Butter Chicken Curry with rice or bread.
Chicken is probably the most popular food around the world and this is the reason most of the chefs are busy tweaking the original chicken recipes. What I think is that someday a creative chef would have replaced oil with butter to cook chicken, though my mate Paul does not agree with me. But let’s set aside this discussion for a while and discuss this tantalizing butter chicken. When I was on my trip to India, I was able to find quite a number of chicken dishes. While roaming through the streets of Ahmedabad, I was able to find a restaurant that had a lot of chicken recipes. While moving down the list on the menu card, I came across a dish named Makhani Chicken. The local boy translated this for me and let me know that it’s Butter Chicken, as Makhan is the word used for butter in India. Out of curiosity, I decided to try it, though I enjoyed it in UK too. But the curiosity was related to how the Indian spices would taste if combined with this butter chicken. I had this curry with Indian naans, and fell in love with it. I asked the manager for the recipe and he was generous enough to tell me the recipe – probably because I was a foreigner; the Indians are so welcoming, aren’t they?
You may also enjoy this delicious chicken curry with rice.