Indian butter chicken is the most popular dish in any Indian restaurant. Similar to the chicken tikka masala or chicken biryani. This recipe with spiced morsels of chicken in a creamy yogurt sauce is surprisingly simple and easy to make in just 20 minutes.
Heat one tablespoon oil in a saute pan on medium-high.
Add chicken pieces and sear on all sides for 2 minutes
Remove chicken, set aside and keep warm.
Make the Sauce
In the same pan add the remaining oil.
Saute ginger and garlic for 30 secs.
Add spices (curry powder, garam masala, and paprika) along with ¼ cup water.
Saute until the water is evaporated and the spices give a nice fragrance.
Then add tomato puree, lemon juice, and yogurt.
Let the sauce comes to a boil then add the chicken back to the pan.
Add the almond meal and red tandoori color (optional)
Season with salt and pepper.
Let the chicken cook on medium-low for about 10 minutes.
When chicken is cooked - taste and adjust seasoning.
Check consistency - add water if you need more sauce or cook until water is evaporated to make a thicker sauce.
Finally, add the butter, garnish with a few cilantro leaves and lemon slices.
What can you do with leftover butter chicken?
Indian Butter Chicken is great to have on hand for many things, so leftovers are always a great thing to have on hand.
Butter Chicken Wraps - This quick butter chicken makes a great snack for kids' school meals. You can buy or make tortilla or Indian chapati.
or Butter Chicken Sandwiches - Use them as the base for sandwiches of course - add some sliced cucumbers and tomatoes.
Butter Chicken Noodles - Make a batch of butter chicken and instead of serving it with chapati or rice - serve it over a bed of steaming hot noodles.
or Butter Chicken Pasta - Do the same with Pasta - serve it with a bowl of penne.
Butter chicken pizza - sprinkle butter chicken pieces on your favorite pizza before the cheese.
I have shared two butter chicken recipes with you so far. Both are similar, not same. This video in this post shared how to make a quick butter chicken using spices (not curry powder)
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