Ashia’s Butter Chicken

This is a beautiful recipe for a traditional but family-friendly butter chicken. Quick and easy to make and we all know homemade butter chicken is best.
800g chicken diced (we love Waitoa free range)
1 cup plain yoghurt
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon garam masala
1 tablespoon chilli powder
2 tablespoons Olivado Avocado Oil
3-4 cloves crushed garlic
Small piece grated ginger
Juice of half of a lemon
Fresh coriander to garnish (we love Superb Herbs)
Rice to serve (we love Sunrice 90 second Basmati)
Mix together and rub over chicken pieces,  marinate an hour or overnight if you can.
When ready to cook , spread out on an oven tray and bake for 30-40 minutes at 200 degreees, or until cooked.
Butter Chicken Sauce:
75g butter
2-3 cardamom
Piece of cinnamon stick
3 cloves crushed garlic
Grated ginger, small piece
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garam masala
2 tablespoons manuka honey
1-2 green chillis chopped (optional)
3 large tomatoes, pureed
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 cup cream
Melt butter and add the whole spices and ginger and garlic and green chillis, add the blitzed tomatoes and puree, cover and cook on low for 10 -15 min.
Then add salt, garam masala and the honey. Add the cooked chicken, a little boiling water, cover and cook for 10 minutes.
Lastly add cream and chopped coriander, serve with rice.
Ashia’s tips:
Serve with naan bread instead of rice. Or just the butter chicken on its own.


~ Ashia Isamil-Singer

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