Butter Chicken Recipe

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Butter Chicken
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  1. With a sharp knife make regular slits through the skin and flesh of the chicken portions; rub with salt and garam masala, then sprinkle with the lemon juice; grind the green chili, ginger, garlic and cardamom to a fine paste; mix this paste with the yoghurt, paprika, chili powder and a few drops of orange food coloring (optional); place the chicken and the spice mixture in a large bowl or dish and give a good swirl so the pieces are evenly coated, cover and set aside (in the fridge) for 4-5 hours to marinate; remove the chicken and place on a greased baking tray and cook in a preheated oven (400F) for 45-50 minutes, turning as they get golden-brown and crisp; brush the portions with a little melted butter occasionally.
  2. Melt the unsalted butter in a saucepan and saute onion until just starting to brown, about 8-10 minutes; add ground almonds and saute until lightly toasted and fragrant; add the remaining marinade, sour cream and heavy cream; gently heat, without boiling for 5-6 minutes; pour the sauce over the baked chicken and serve as a main dish with naan bread.
  3. I serve this with steamed basmati rice (the sauce is excellent) but might try a pullau next time cause this deserves something more elaborate.
  4. Note1: I use ultra-thick, Greek yoghurt for both the yoghurt AND the sour cream called for in this recipe. There are different fat levels, I like to use the 2%.
  5. Note2: I really don't remember where I initially came across this recipe - I know I tried several different variations of butter chicken till I found this one and pronounced it 'just right' (to my taste, anyway). I can tell you though that I NEVER use the food colouring. I prefer to soak some saffron in a tiny bit of warm milk and stir that in for colour. May not be traditional, but that's my way.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 628.17 Kcal (2630 kJ)
Calories from fat 476.54 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 52.95g 81%
Cholesterol 197.3mg 66%
Sodium 128.79mg 5%
Potassium 446.06mg 9%
Total Carbs 6.89g 2%
Sugars 1.65g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1.79g 7%
Protein 27.34g 55%
Vitamin C 20.3mg 34%
Vitamin A 0.3mg 10%
Iron 1.9mg 10%
Calcium 91.7mg 9%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 228.97 Kcal (959 kJ)
Calories from fat 173.7 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19.3g 81%
Cholesterol 71.92mg 66%
Sodium 46.95mg 5%
Potassium 162.59mg 9%
Total Carbs 2.51g 2%
Sugars 0.6g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0.65g 7%
Protein 9.97g 55%
Vitamin C 7.4mg 34%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 10%
Iron 0.7mg 10%
Calcium 33.4mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 16.6
  • 17

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium

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