Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 505.4
  • Total Fat: 22.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 171.5 mg
  • Sodium: 484.4 mg
  • Total Carbs: 16.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.7 g
  • Protein: 59.7 g

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Number of Servings: 4


    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


Note: This recipe omits 1 medium white onion from the ingredient list. The calories are included in the total.


(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.

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  • Very Good
    24 of 25 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!
    21 of 23 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!
    18 of 18 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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  • Very Good
    17 of 17 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
    13 of 14 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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