Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Kiran’s Secret Family Butter Chicken

If you love butter chicken you must make this recipe.This recipe was given to me by a dear sweet gal I work with. This is her family's secret recipe. I made it for a dinner party and all the guests loved it. Serve with either basmati rice or coconut rice.

Serves 8-10
Tips: use glass bowls (prevents staining and open windows and close the closet doors)

6 boneless chicken breasts or 12 boneless chicken thighs (or combination)
8 medium onions (chopped)
5 Tbsp. Butter Chicken spice rub (MDH, National or Shan - can be found at Superstore - indian aisle)
¼ cup sour cream
6 Tbsp. canola oil
¼ cup water
3 bay leaves
2 Tbsp. cumin seeds
4-5 cloves garlic
chunk of ginger (size of golf ball)
3 tsp. garam masala
4 Tbsp salt
1 tsp. chili flakes
1 large can (798 ml) crushed tomatoes
1 can of water
500 ml cream or half and half or table cream
bunch of cilantro


Cut the chicken up and place into a glass bowl combine ¼ cup water,2 Tbsp oil, 1 Tbsp salt, ¼ cup sour cream and butter chicken spice rub, chicken and combine. Cover and let marinate overnight or for at least 3 hours.
Dice onions, garlic and cook in a large pot with 2 Tbsp. oil, bay leaves and cumin on medium heat for 30 minutes. Using a hand mixer puree the onion mixture and then continue to cook for another 10 minutes. Julianne the ginger and add to the onion mixture along with the garam masala, 3 Tbsp salt and chili flakes. Continue to cook for another 5 minutes. Add the can of crushed tomatoes along with a can of water to the onion mixture. Take chicken mixture out of fridge and cook in a large frying pan or wok. Add cooked chicken to onion mixture. Add cream and cook for another 10 minutes. Chop 11/2 cups of cilantro. Serve with either basmati or coconut rice.

Link to Recipe: Kiran's Secret Family Butter Chicken
Cube the chicken (I used chicken breast and thighs)

Add spice mix, sour cream, salt water and oil

Cover and either marinate overnight or a minimum of 3 hours

Dice the onions

In a large pot add onions, garlic, cumin seeds, 2 Tbsp oil and bay leaves

Cook for approx 30 minutes

Using a hand held mixer puree onion mixture

Continue to cook for another 10 minutes

Julianne ginger 

Add ginger, garam masala, 3 Tbsp salt and chili flakes to the onion mixture and continue to cook for another 10 minutes

Add one can of crushed tomatoes and one can of water

Meanwhile in a large skillet or wok cook the marinated chicken pieces
You can use either half & half or table cream

Add the chicken and cream and cilantro to the mixture and cook for another 10 minutes. 

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