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Rach and John’s favorite Indian restaurant in New York City is SONA, and one of their favorite dishes there is the butter chicken. They miss it so much when they are at their home upstate, that they started making their own butter chicken. «This is our version of as close as we can get to that!» Rach explains. No surprise, it’s absolutely delicious. Rach likes to serve it with basmati rice cooked in chicken stock and flavored with garlic and butter. Another great accompaniment is grilled naan with yogurt and Boondi masala on top.
Pro Tip from Rach: You can use either evaporated milk or heavy cream in this recipe. The former has fewer calories, but they are both good.
For more Indian inspiration, check out SONA’s signature dish, Gruyere Cheese Dosas with Edamame & Potato Mash.
Ingredients For the Chicken and Marinade:
- 1 ½ to 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs and/or breasts or tenderloins, cut into bite-sized piecesSalt and pepper ½ cup plain Greek yogurt2 tablespoons EACH pasted garlic and ginger or minced/grated2 teaspoons garam masala1 ½ tablespoons (aka 1 ½ palmfuls) EACH: turmeric, cumin and Kashmiri chili powder, deggi mirch chili powder or red chili powder of choice
For the Preparation:
- 3 tablespoons ghee or 1 tablespoon OO (olive oil) 2 tablespoons butter1 large onion, choppedSalt2 tablespoons EACH pasted garlic and ginger or minced1 tablespoon ground cumin2 teaspoons EACH garam masala, turmeric, cumin and deggi mirch chili powder, Kashmiri chili powder or red chili powder of choiceOne 14-ounce can crushed fire-roasted tomatoes1 cup evaporated milk (8-ounce can) or 1 cup heavy cream1 tablespoon sugar or honey1 teaspoon fenugreek leaves (Rach likes La Boite)Juice of 1 lime A handful of curry leaves, optional
- Pomegranate seeds Ginger matchsticks Thinly sliced scallions Cilantro leaves
For the chicken and marinade, season chicken and place in plastic food storage bag. Add the marinade ingredients and refrigerate overnight or a minimum of 30 minutes if making the same day.
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For the preparation, brown chicken in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat in melted ghee or oil and butter. Brown in stages to prevent crowding pan, 3 minutes on each side. Remove to sizzle platter or baking sheet. Add more fat, if necessary, and onion, season with salt and soften a few minutes, then add garlic and ginger and spices. Stir 1 to 2 minutes, add the tomatoes and simmer 5 minutes more. Puree in high-powered blender or food processor, add back to pan, add milk or cream, sugar or honey, fenugreek, chicken, juice of 1 lime and curry leaves (if using) and simmer at low heat for 8 to 10 minutes more.
Serve chicken on rice and top with garnishes of choice.