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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 479.5
  • Total Fat: 19.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 161.7 mg
  • Sodium: 511.7 mg
  • Total Carbs: 16.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.6 g
  • Protein: 60.8 g

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Butter Chicken

Submitted by: PSDAHRI
Butter Chicken

Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients

    4 chicken breast, bone and skin removed
    3 tbsp butter, salted
    1/4 tsp cinnamon
    2 tsp garlic, chopped
    2 tbsp ginger, ground
    3/4 tbsp turmeric, ground
    1 tsp chili powder
    1 tbsp coriander seed
    1/2 cup almonds, ground
    1 cup canned tomatoes, wedges in tomato juice
    1/4 cup tomato paste
    1/2 cup yogurt, plain, low fat

Directions

(It is important to clean your hands, board and knives before and after working with the raw meat.)
Trim and cut the chicken into small cubes, cover and set aside.
With a clean knife and board slice the onions into thin wedges.
Heat a large saucepan or frying pan and melt 2 to 3 tablespoons of butter until it is frothy.
Add onions and cinnamon to the pan and fry lightly.
When the onions are soft, stir in crushed garlic and ginger. Then add turmeric, chili powder and coriander, and sauté over a medium heat.
The spices are fried first to release their maximum flavour and this really enhances the dish.
Add cubed chicken and sauté stirring constantly until the chicken has turned white.
Add ground almonds, tomatoes and tomato paste. Mix thoroughly.
Cover and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
Add the yogurt and heat through.

Number of Servings: 4

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user PSDAHRI.






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  • Very Good
    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
    My hubby helped me make this tonight and we both loved it. The spices were magnificent! I changed it slightly and used 2 cans stewed tomatoes with a whole can of tomato paste and served it over brown rice. I think next time, I'll also saute carrots, zucchini & summer squash along with the onion. - 3/17/07

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  • Incredible!
    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
    Tasty Indian recipe with great spice mixture. As always, I add a little squeeze of fresh lemon juice at the end :- ) - 9/16/09

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  • 11 of 28 people found this review helpful
    This sounds amazing but the calories and fat alone would kill me! YIkes! Maybe you could substitue olive oil for the butter and cut the cals or even the smart balance for cooking. - 9/16/09

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  • Incredible!
    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
    This was very, very good. I used Brummel & Brown butter/yogurt spread instead of butter to help cut down on calories and it was still good. I served this over brown rice. - 9/23/07

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  • Very Good
    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
    I've cooked this a few times now and it just gets better each time. Left overs the next day are incredible - all the spices and flavours fuse to make a deliciously rich dish. - 3/10/07

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  • Very Good
    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
    This was really good. I didn't like biting in to coriander seeds though. I think I'll grind them next time. Also, I added 1/4 onion since the recipe didn't mention how much. - 12/15/08

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  • Incredible!
    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    People who comment just to say, "Oh, too many calories, too much fat!" are point farmers. Lovely recipe, especially with an extra teaspoon of cayenne pepper. :) - 7/14/10

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  • Incredible!
    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    I am vegetarian and do not eat chicken, but my husband really loves getting Chicken Makhani at our local Indian restaurant, so I thought I'd give this recipe a try, substituting Quorn Tenders for the chicken. We both loved it. - 3/16/07

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Good the first night, GREAT the next day;) - 10/18/07

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
    This is soooo good. I just used heart smart margarine and it was wonderful. - 3/15/07

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  • 6 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Way too many calories although the protein level is great. There must be a way to decrease the calories. Maybe Chef Meg could re-design this one. - 11/24/09

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  • Very Good
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Great! If you grind your own almonds, do it until they are like powder; my almonds were a bit grainy. However, it didn't impact the taste, which was astounding. - 1/30/08

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Incredible...Served it with wholewheat spagetti...it's on my food tracker will make it many times... - 11/7/07

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  • 5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    i made it tonight and made a few changes although made like it is, it's delicious. I added about 1/4 cup of strained Pomi tomatoes instead of the cup of tomatoes and tomato paste and added about 1-1.5 cups of fat free, low sodium chicken stock instead. I like it a little better bc it's less sweet. - 4/24/07

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  • 4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    We love Indian food and this is has all the flavors while using only the white meat therefore cutting back on some of the fat. I served over brown rice. But it adds a lot of fat back with the butter. So I Next time I will cut back on butter or try something as substitute. Hubby and son loved it! - 12/20/09

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  • Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    very nice change of pace for chicken - 9/16/09

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Absolutely fabulous. Definitely one to try again... and again... and again... - 3/30/07

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Love it!! Can't tell it from the 'real' (full fat!) thing! My whole family enjoy this one! Thanks for this! - 3/21/07

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  • Very Good
    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
    very yummy tried nd liked it very much - 3/20/07

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Had this last night yum, I will have it again - 3/18/07

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    A smaller serving works great for me. The carbohydrate count is really good. I can have it with brown rice and still do great on a diabetic diet. - 7/14/10

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  • 3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I looked at the nutrition breakdown - there are 260 calories for one chicken breast; is it a whole breast i.e. both sides? Because I would use half a breast per serving which is 130 calories and makes this recipe look a lot better calorie wise. I'll have to try it. - 7/14/10

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Very good! made this exact recipe and have tried it with cashews instead of almonds.
    Loved both - 3/18/10

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This was so good! We all liked it, and I'll make it again. I had half a can of coconut milk in the fridge, as well as the yogurt, and I used that. - 11/27/09

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  • 3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I thought this was delicious, definitely will make it again! I used refrigerated ground ginger instead of powdered, not sure what the recipe called for. - 9/17/09

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  • Good
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I made this exactly to recipie - found that it wasnt spicy enough for my taste, will continue to experiment - 4/13/08

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Easy to follow, great taste - I've passed this on to so many people and they've all loved it. I agree about the leftovers - I always make enough so there's some for next day. - 4/25/07

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I think this is a once a week meal - 3/19/07

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    love this, very fullfilling
    - 3/18/07

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Loved it, will make it again - 3/17/07

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    SOOOOOOOOO good i've made this twice in the past two weeks - 3/15/07

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  • Incredible!
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Tasty and easy to cook too! - 3/13/07

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  • 2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Sounds good, but from the previous comments, I'll just let in marinade overnight before the first bite :) - 7/14/10

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I used olive oil instead of butter, and prunes instead of almonds (I know it sounds different but I saw it on Rachel Ray once, to add the prunes). It was actually really good. - 11/23/09

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    excellent, I made a big batch, so we have had it 3x and I have 3 meals in the frezer. Will make again - 10/4/09

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  • Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I made this, but didn't use almonds. I also simmered it in the crock pot -- yummy! - 9/17/09

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    this is good with all the diff spices... - 3/17/07

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I just loved it. DH will try it tonight, let's see what he thinks. I did not add the yogurt & I had no ginger. - 11/19/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I have made this twice. The first time I didn't have quite the right ingredients and had to substitute for the onions and the plain yogurt, but could still tell it would be good. The second time I made it for a friend and Me to have for lunch. He had two and a half large helpings over brown rice. - 11/19/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I personally really enjoyed this. My family not so much. - 10/6/10

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  • 1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Way too many calories for me. - 9/16/10

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    love this . will make it over and over again. If you have any doublts dont worry this is great . - 7/25/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I went ahead and used ghee, but nonfat plain yogurt... hoping the two bring things back to the original nutritional info! This was great on brown basmati simmered in thai coconut broth with coriander!! - 7/23/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Yummy I enjoy this spicy food very much, but forget the butter, I use Olive oil. - 7/14/10

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I have made this twice & it is sinfully good!!! - 7/14/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    My husband loves Indian food. He definitly thought this was a winner! Me Too! - 7/14/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I made this recipe and it was delicious! I did cut the butter amount in half and omit the almonds to cut down on the fat. Thanks for the submission! - 12/18/09

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  • Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This was good but my mom had trouble with the spices. - 11/23/09

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    tasty and all the family loved it - 11/22/09

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    The combination of spices are very tasty and they are all so good for you-bonus! - 9/16/09

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  • Very Good
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    another delidcious chicken dish. - 11/21/08

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Directions say "slice the onions" but none are listed as ingredients. How much does it take? - 11/21/08

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I can hardly wait to make this - 3/14/07

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  • my favorite - 2/13/13

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  • Too much butter--how is this recipe part of a healthy eating plan at almost 500 cals a serving? - 1/3/13

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  • WOW delicious! - 9/29/12

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  • At 60 grams of protein, this recipe could/should serve 8 which makes the numbers much more accessible. I try to keep my protein down to 15-30 per meal - 4/6/12

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  • Your picture looks more tomato and less chicken than mine. I think my chicken breasts were bigger. Can you provide a weight? - 2/3/12

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  • this looks quite easy to make I will try this. Sounds very yummy, thank you for this recipe - 1/20/12

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  • A bit confused with the recipe--it says slice the onions, but there is nothing in the recipe list about onions, how many, what kind to use, etc. - 1/18/12

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  • Quite delicious! I used almond flour from Bob's Red Mill (ground almonds made easy) and it was fantastic - 11/27/11

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  • When the first word is butter, that should put up a sign, that maybe it's fattening. - 11/19/11

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  • I am going to try this for dinner tomorrow night. Thanks - 8/15/11

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  • sounds like an interesting new way to have chicken - will put on our "will try" list - 11/26/10

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  • not to bad - 11/20/10

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  • This recipe is incomplete. It doesn't say how much onion and it's not specific on spices. I have five kinds of ginger to choose from and three corianders. - 11/19/10

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  • Incredible!
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    We buy Butter Chicken--I never knew the ingredients--so thank you-I shall make this-- - 11/19/10

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Looking forward to trying this - bought a canned version and it was too sweet, but this looks fantastic! Time to invest in Ghee, me thinks! - 9/16/10

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I have made a version of this recipe for years. I use much less butter, no almonds and use fresh tomatoes diced in place of the canned ones. I love this and this recipe also freezes well. - 9/16/10

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I am anxious to try this dish; however, the instructions mention onions but ingredients list does not. What amount of onions do you use? - 8/21/10

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    YUMMY! - 7/20/10

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    CAN'T WAIT TO TRY THIS! I WILL USE SMART BALANCE AND ON SOME OCCASSIONS FOR A VEGAN MEAL, I WILL CUBE EXTRA -FIRM TOFU AND SAUTE THAT! - 7/14/10

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    it sounds good , i will try it tomorrow. - 7/14/10

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Good. - 7/14/10

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I'm really looking forward to trying this. It won't be boring same-old same-old at our home that night! Thank you. - 11/23/09

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    You could cut down or cut out the almonds, and I think 1 tablespoon butter would do in a non-stick pan. However, as a Sunday "treat" meal with 1/2 cup rice after a low-cal brunch, I think it's occasionally doable, unless you're on a restricted diet. You could also serve 6 with low-cal sides. - 11/22/09

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I have already lost 13 pounds, so I think I can afford to have one servicing of butter chicken! YUM! - 11/22/09

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  • Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This sounds like it would be good, but would have to adjust to eliminate the butter, salt, seeds and chili powder. Restricted diets can really be a bummer at times. - 11/22/09

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Sounds good if you're not trying to lose weight--there must be a way to lower the calories and the cholesterol without losing the essence of this recipe--I'll have to play with it. - 11/22/09

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  • 0 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This sounds wonderful. Hope to try it next weekend. - 11/22/09

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  • wow this is fab. - 11/22/09

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  • Wow! This is yummy! And great for Winter comfort food. - 11/22/09

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  • 0 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This is a little bit different that my recipe, but seems just as easy. I'll try and compare, but this one appears to have more spice variety and may be even better than the one I've been using. Thanks. - 9/19/09

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  • 0 of 3 people found this review helpful
    I'll give it a try. I'm looking for new ways to make chicken. Thanks for the idea !! - 9/19/09

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  • 0 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Can't wait to try it - 9/17/09

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  • O.K.
    0 of 8 people found this review helpful
    Too much cholesterol and calories to try. Sorry. - 9/16/09

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    My family loves Indian spices. This is on my definite TRY IT list. - 9/16/09

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  • Incredible!
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This sounds so yummy. I am going to get ingredients this afternoon and will make tonight. Know we will love it. - 9/16/09

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    sounds good will try it. - 9/16/09

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  • Very Good
    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Sounds good. Take a "Beano" before eating this one. : ) If spices give you gas, this will need it. Otherwise, sounds VERY good. - 11/22/08

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  • Very Good
    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This sounds great! I'm going to try this! Maybe even my 18yo will eat it! - 11/21/08

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  • 0 of 4 people found this review helpful
    this sounds great - 11/21/08

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  • Very Good
    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I love all the spices, I will try this recipe - 11/21/08

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  • 0 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Butter chicken is one of our family favorites. I'll definitely try this recipe soon. - 11/21/08

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  • Good
    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
    sounds sinful - 11/21/08

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  • 0 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Thank you for posting my husband's favorite dish! - 11/21/08

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  • 0 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Anything named "BUTTER" has to be good. I think I'll try this one soon. - 11/21/08

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  • 0 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Butter Chicken is one of my all time favorites!! Can't wait to try this! - 11/21/08

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  • Very Good
    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Sounds gorgeous. I will try it. - 11/21/08

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    awesome - 7/23/07

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