The even better butter chicken

By Julie Van Rosendaal on April 17, 2013
This melt in your mouth butter chicken recipe is sure to please even the pickiest eater at your table.

    canola or olive oil, for cooking
    1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
    6-8 skinless chicken thighs (with or without bone)
    4-5 garlic cloves, crushed
    1 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger
    1 28 oz. (796 mL) can diced tomatoes, undrained
    2 Tbsp. tomato paste
    1-2 Tbsp. chili powder
    2 tsp. curry paste or powder
    1-2 tsp. garam masala (optional)
    pinch cinnamon
    1/2-1 cup half & half or whipping cream
    salt and pepper

In a large, heavy skillet, heat a drizzle of oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and saute for 5 minutes, until soft. Add the chicken thighs, pushing the onions out of the way, and brown them a bit on all sides ­ don¹t worry about cooking them through. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for another minute or two.

Add the can of tomatoes, the tomato paste, chili powder, curry paste, garam masala and cinnamon and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook for 20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Remove the lid and cook until the mixture thickens and looks more saucy and uniform.

Stir in the cream, season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve hot over rice, or cool to use as a filling for butter chicken pockets. Serves 4-6.

By Julie Van Rosendaal| April 17, 2013

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