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Butter Chicken

Submitted by Top Conker 11 June 2009

Serve with Basmati rice and Nann bread.



Tandoori Chicken,,900g/2lb skinless boneless chicken breasts,3 tbsp lemon juice,1/2 tsp salt,2 crushed garlic cloves,2.5cm/1 fresh grated ginger,1 tbsp paprika,1/2 tsp ground cardamom,1 tsp roasted ground cumin seeds,1/2 tsp cayenne ,5 tbsp natural low-fat yogurt,25g melted unsalted butter,,Butter Chicken,,,Tandoori Chicken (as above),400g/14oz can chopped tomatoes,2 green chilies deseeded and roughly chopped,2.5cm/1 fresh grated ginger,80g/3oz unsalted butter,2 tsp ground cumin,1 1/2 tsp paprika ,1/2 tsp salt,142ml/1/4 pint carton double cream,1 tsp garam masala,1 tsp cumin seeds (dry fried & ground),2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander,


Tandoori Chicken Method:
Make shallow cuts in chicken breasts. Toss with the lemon juice and salt. Set aside for 30mins.
Mix crushed garlic cloves with the grated ginger, paprika, cardamom, cumin seeds, cayenne and yogurt. Pour over the chicken. Marinate at room temp for 2-4 hours.

Preheat oven to 240deg C / 475deg F / gas 9

Remove chicken from marinade, place on a rack set over a roasting tin and drizzle with the melted butter.

Bake for 20mins until tender and slightly charred.

Butter Chicken Method:
Cut chicken into bite size pieces and set aside. Put tomatoes, chilies and ginger into a food processor or blender and blend to a smooth paste. Melt 50g/2oz butter in a flameproof casserole. Add ground cumin and paprika and fry for 15 seconds. Add tomato, chili and ginger paste and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10mins, until thick.

Stir salt, cream and chicken into the sauce and simmer for 10mins, stirring occasionally. Stir in remaining butter, garam masala and cumin. Cover and set aside.

Prepare whatever rice you are having with your butter chicken. Bring chicken back up to a gentle simmer and stir in the chopped coriander.

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