Indian Restaurant-Style Butter Chicken, Lay The Table

Indian Restaurant-Style Butter Chicken

Indian Restaurant-Style Butter Chicken, Lay The Table

Saturday Kitchen. One of lifes great joys, one of existences simple pleasures, one of the reasons I dont take my kids to the park on Saturday mornings, and thus one of the reasons why I feel like a terrible parent. Bad housedad, naughty housedad.

But in time, with some counselling, Im sure my children will get over it especially as they get to reap the rewards of my drooling obsession with James Martin and Co.

This recipe, for example, went down like the proverbial house on fire. The chicken is tender, the sauce spicy without being hot, the taste stupendous.

OK, theres butter and cream in it (plus a bit of salt and sugar) but it isnt processed rubbish.

This is made-from-scratch-handmade-with-the-love-of-chief-protector aka me. I dont put rubbish into my childrens bodies. Fact!

Look at the ingredients in the Indian restaurant curry sauce, for example: onions, ginger, garlic, carrots, cabbage, peppers talk about five-a-day!

All stuff thats good for us. And my kids love it. It is incredibly gratifying to have children who appreciate my cooking. Plates are returned so clean I have to think twice about putting them in the dishwasher (I do, dont worry: no need for the hygiene police to pay a visit).

Anyway, enough of the lecture, give this recipe a whirl.

Its adapted from James Martins recipe on Saturday Kitchen combined with The Curry Guys authentic Indian restaurant curry sauce, it is THE business.

Serves 2-4

For the marinade

6 boned, skinless chicken thighs, cut into two
100g Greek yoghurt
2 tbsp ginger and garlic paste
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp salt
Juice of 1 lemon
1-2 tsp chilli powder
1 tbsp ground cumin
½ tsp garam masala

For the sauce

300g Indian Restaurant Curry Sauce Base (click here for my version of the indomitable Curry Guys recipe)
3 green cardamom pods
1 bay leaf
1-2 tsp chilli powder
50g butter, diced
4 tbsp double cream
2 tsp dried fenugreek leaves, crushed between your fingertips
½ tsp garam masala
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 tsp sugar

Indian Restaurant-Style Butter Chicken, Lay The Table


1. For the marinade, make small cuts all over the chicken with a sharp knife to help the marinade penetrate. Mix the remaining ingredients together in a deep bowl. Smear the cut chicken with the marinade, cover and set aside in the fridge for 10 mins.

2. Lift the chicken pieces out of the marinade and place on a baking tray. Preheat the grill to high and grill the chicken in the oven for approx. 10 mins, turning after 5 mins, to get a charred crust. Strain off any cooking juices through a fine sieve and set aside.

Indian Restaurant-Style Butter Chicken, Lay The Table

3. In a saucepan, heat a little oil and add the bay leaf, and cardomom and cook for a few seconds. Add restaurant curry base and chilli powder (to taste) then gradually whisk in the butter, a couple of pieces at a time. Add the chicken and simmer for 6-8 mins, until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce is beginning to acquire a glaze. Add the cream and simmer for a minute or two longer, taking care the sauce does not split.

Indian Restaurant-Style Butter Chicken, Lay The Table


Indian Restaurant-Style Butter Chicken, Lay The Table


4. Stir in the salt, crushed fenugreek leaves and garam masala, then check the seasoning. Add salt and pepper to taste then add the sugar.

5. Serve with pilau rice and mushroom and spinach bhaji. To make this, simply sauté the mushrooms in butter, add 1 tsp garam masala, then stir in the spinach until it wilts.

Indian Restaurant-Style Butter Chicken, Lay The Table




Hi, I am Norbert Lacle former internacional chef and vice president of AB Universal LLC. I have found that cooking calms me down and relaxes me (at least mostly, sometimes it drives me crazy!) And that it even makes me happy and satisfied from time to time.

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