This easy butter chicken recipe Indian style is my take on the classic chicken curry dish that is popular all over the world. With a rich creamy sauce and a fantastic blend of spices, this is one of the must-try easy family dinner recipes.
Few are the dishes that make such an impression on me from the very first time I try them. It wasn’t until I moved to the UK some 8 years ago that I first tried a restaurant-style curry. Coming from a country where strong spices are not really a thing, this was certainly different. Good different. It did take me a while to get used to the heat, since I used to eat food that’s rather plain. I knew I had to cook it myself, and so the Butter chicken recipe Indian style was created.
My recipe is a well simplified one, an althought I have used the basic spices, I decided to play safe and keep it mild, just the way I like it. Now, authentic Indian chicken curry may use a different cooking technique, and a lot more spices, but I must admit I’m kind of rubbish at buying a large variety of spices. Still Romanian to the bones, I’m cautious not to add to much heat to my dishes, I rally don’t think I can handle spiciness too well.
Talking about spicy food, I still remember to this day my horrific experience with super spicy chilli peppers. Back in the days when my husband and I were dating, we went to this Mexican place where we ordered some drinks and a fancy burrito. I thught I would be brave and ask for spicy sauce, and my then boyfriend, even braver, asked for an extra spicy sauce.
The moment I had the first bite, my life flashed before my eyes. It was hell!!! Tears started pouring down my face, and I thought there was fire coming out of my nose. My other half tried a few more bites, until he decided too that it was beyond spicy. The waiter laughed at us and brought us some cold milk. Ha, as if that made any difference! How on earth can people take that much spice? It’s beyond me, I really can’t take it.
So, now you know why I am a mild girl when it comes to curries, I honestly don’t want to ever again experience that. But mild does not mean less taste, all on the contrary, I think there is a perfect balance between spices, and the curry goes so well with a plain or flagranced rice. You can also serve it with flatbrad, pitta or other Indian bread.
By the way, did you know that in the UK curry has been adopted as a national dish? Not at all surprising, since it’s so delicious. Although the term curry is a Western one, usually refering to a spiced dish cooked in sauce. From tikka masala, to rogan josh, korma, balti, to vindaloo and so many more, curries are ever so popular. And rightly so. And by the way, there is no butter is this butter chicken, how funny, isn’t it?
Butter chicken recipe Indian style with a rich creamy sauce and a fantastic blend of spices. This is my take on the classic dish that makes a delicious family dinner.
- 450 g diced chicken breast (1 lb)
- 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp Garam masala
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp ground coriander (cilantro)
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 tsp ginger paste
- 500 g tomato passata (2 cups)
- 1/2 cup double cream (heavy cream)
- 1 tsp garlic paste
- 1 tsp ginger paste
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- freshly-chopped coriander (cilantro) to garlish
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
To make the mariande, combine all the ingredients together, toss the chicken pieces in and mix well to coat.
Cover the bowl with clingfilm, and refrigerate for at least one hour, ideally longer.
Heat up the oil in a large pan, and fry the chicken pieces on a medium heat for about 5-6 minutes until cooked through.
Add the tomato passata, garlic and ginger paste, sugar and garam masala and give a good stir.
Leave to cook on a low to medium heat for 20 minutes, until the sauce is reduced by almost a quarter, and it coats the chicken pieces well.
Add the cream, mix well and cook for a further 5 minutes.
Remove from the heat and garnish with freshly-chopped coriander leaves.
I’m bringin this recipe to Fiesta Friday #187.