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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Introduction

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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

Tips

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


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.

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  • Very Good
    21 of 21 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!
    16 of 16 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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  • Incredible!
    13 of 14 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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  • Very Good
    13 of 13 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
    12 of 12 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!
    12 of 12 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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  • 11 of 33 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!
    10 of 10 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!
    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
    Good the first night, GREAT the next day;) - 10/18/07

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  • Incredible!
    9 of 9 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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  • Very Good
    8 of 8 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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  • 6 of 12 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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  • Incredible!
    6 of 6 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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  • 6 of 6 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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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 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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  • 5 of 5 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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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Absolutely fabulous. Definitely one to try again... and again... and again... - 3/30/07

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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
    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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  • 3 of 6 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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  • 2 of 3 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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  • 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 5 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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  • Incredible!
    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I can hardly wait to make this - 3/14/07

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  • very nice - 10/5/17

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  • Good - 9/23/17

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  • Yum! - 9/21/17

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  • Sounds good - 9/20/17

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  • Interesting.... - 8/26/17

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  • yummy - 7/11/17

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  • This is a lot of calories for a chicken meal. Not trying this one. - 6/30/17

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  • Delicious - 6/29/17

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  • looking forward to making this. It sounds really good. - 6/29/17

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  • yummy - 6/29/17

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  • Very interesting. A little high in fat and cholesterol since I went off my meds for that. But I will try a lighter version. Thank you. - 6/29/17

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  • great but lots of calories - 6/29/17

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  • looks good. - 6/29/17

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  • Very good! - 6/29/17

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  • We enjoyed this for a change . We like to try new taste. We will make this again - 6/29/17

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  • Interesting spice combinations - 6/29/17

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  • I need to go shopping. This looks yummy. - 6/29/17

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  • Looks good... - 6/29/17

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  • Butter and chicken. Two major food groups! - 6/29/17

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  • This is supper tonight - 6/29/17

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  • The photo shows it served on naan, not included in the nutrition info. - 6/29/17

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  • Looks excellent- I'll be trying this. - 6/29/17

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  • The more ideas for cooking chicken the better. - 6/29/17

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  • nice recipe - 5/26/17

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  • Yum. I added Sriracha sauce. - 5/22/17

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  • Delicious. Now I have to make more to use the spices I bought, since I really don't cook with many spices. - 5/9/17

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  • I loved this except for the cinnamon. A great dish - 4/19/17

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  • Too many calories for my plan - 4/16/17

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  • Good curry and spices will make or break the recipe. - 4/16/17

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  • yeah! - 3/29/17

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  • Very tasty!! My hubby really likes this one, we will be making this one again! - 3/22/17

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  • Yummy - 2/19/17

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  • Yum!! - 1/19/17

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  • I used fresh tomatoes to cut down on the sodium and used 1/2 of the butter and 1/2 of the almonds to lower the calories. - 6/29/16

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  • You have neglected to specify what type of bread you served your Butter Chicken on in the original recipe, Can you enlighten the masses on this ??? - 6/29/16

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  • No onions in the ingredient list. - 1/6/16

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  • This is wonderful, it needs the butter to taste good, that's why it's called "butter chicken", people. - 9/5/15

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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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