Indian Butter Chicken is the ultimate luxurious curry dish. Chicken thighs are bathed in a rich yogurt sauce brimming with bold spices, then simmered in athick sauce until it reaches flavor nirvana.
I find Indian cuisine absolutely mesmerizing the masterful use of seasoning and spices is second to none in the world of cooking. I can only assume modern Indian cooking techniques were first discovered when someone accidentally dropped an entire spice cabinet into their cooking pot. The resulting flavors are assertive, luxurious, yet perfectly well balanced.
The list of ingredients for many Indian dishes may be fairly long, but they typically are not overly difficult to cook. This Indian butter chicken recipe is no different.
Butter chicken, also known as murgh makhani, is referred to as the General Tsos of Indian cuisine, a highly recognizable dish that spans continents. If you are only going to make one curry dish in your life, this would be the one!Butter chicken is a luxurious dish featuring marinated chicken simmering in a curry sauce that includes butter and cream.
Butter chicken originated in India and is still a popular dish in Indias capital, Delhi. It is however not a historically old dish, having only been invented in the 1950s. It is said to have been invented by a restauranteur combining leftover chicken in a tomato gravy.
I recommend simmering this Indian Butter Chicken in a dutch oven(affiliate link) with a wide mouth. The wide mouth allows for faster evaporation while the heavy cast iron retains heat better during long simmers.
When marinating the chicken, you can throw it all in a large bowl, or if you wish to conserve space in your refrigerator I like using gallon Ziploc storage bagsfor marinating.
I recommend serving your butter chicken with basmati rice and warm naan bread. Gently heating your naan bread in the oven, or in a skillet will create better flavor and texture.
This dish makes fantastic leftovers, as the flavors continue to meld when resting in the refrigerator. Simply store in an airtight container until you are ready to serve again. You can reheat everything in a microwave or on the stovetop.
This recipe was originally published on FoxValleyFoodie.com August 18, 2106.
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