Butter Chicken

This has a lot of ingredients and steps but it is actually really easy. I made it on a work night and had left overs for the next night. I will be making again! Adapted from Milk Street. I halved this recipe and it was perfect for us. Serve with Basmati rice. I broiled the chicken but you could also grill to get the chicken a bit more charred. If you wanted to go vegetarian you could maybe try grilled eggplant, or tofu.

Ingredients
  • 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1/2teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 tablespoons garam masala, divided
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin, divided
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger, divided
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut crosswise into 3 strips
  • 1 cup roasted salted cashews
  • 4 tablespoons ( 1/2 stick) salted butter, cut into 2 pieces, divided
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 6 medium garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

Directions

In a large bowl, whisk together the yogurt, honey, paprika, cayenne, 3 tablespoons garam masala, 1 tablespoon cumin, 1 tablespoon ginger and 2 teaspoons salt. Add the chicken and stir until evenly coated. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or for up to 1 hour.

Heat the broiler with a rack about 6 inches from the broiler element. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil, set a wire rack in the baking sheet and mist it with cooking spray. In a blender, puree the cashews with 3/4 cup water until smooth, about a minute. (You can also use creamy cashew or peanut butter). Set aside.

In a large Dutch oven over medium, melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon of ginger and the garlic, then cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon garam masala and the remaining 1 tablespoon cumin. Add the cashew puree and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture begins to brown, about 3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and 2 cups chicken broth, scraping up any browned bits. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter and bring to a simmer, stirring to combine. Reduce to medium and cook, stirring often, until the sauce is thick enough to heavily coat a spoon, 12-14 minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and cover to keep warm.

Arrange the chicken, with its marinade still clinging to it, in an even layer on the prepared rack. Broil until well browned and lightly charred on both sides, 15-20 minutes, flipping the pieces once about halfway through. Transfer to the sauce, bring to a simmer over medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until a skewer inserted into the chicken meets no resistance, about 10 minutes. Off heat, stir in the cilantro and line juice, let stand for 5 minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

Serve over rice.

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This was adapted from a recipe by Meera Sodha, author of Fresh India. This serves 4-6 but the recipe can be easily halved for 2 people. I made a few adjustments – I am adding this to my regular rotation of meals I love!

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