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Mar 27, 2008 09:26 AM

HELP! I lost my recipe for Indian Butter Chicken

I foolishly gave my copy to my mom and she lost it. Does anyone have a recipe for Indian Butter Chicken? (next time I'll make her a copy)

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  1. This is from a local restaurant here that is known for their butter chicken:

    1. i dont know if your recipe was a ' from scratch' version but the one i like to make at home is pretty quick adaptation from julie sahni i believe. let me know if you like it.

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      1. There is nothing that compares to Madhur Jaffrey's masterful recipe for makhani murghi: Remember that the recipe is for about 2lbs. of previously cooked chicken tikka/tandoori.

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        1. re: JungMann

          jaffrey's is a delicious recipe!

          1. re: alkapal

            Really? With canned tomato sauce? I'm going to try it tonight, but I'm a bit nervous!

            1. re: katecm

              remember, it is for already cooked chicken. can take a while if working from scratch. pump up the ginger and garlic in the meat/yogurt marinade, if you are starting from scratch.

              sahni's recipe with the canned tomatoes tracks jaffrey's, from what i can tell. maybe a wee bit less sweet with the canned tomatoes vs. sauce.

              some bread recipes:

              btw, trader joe's whole grain tortilla is like a good roti!

              1. re: alkapal

                Well, I did it, and it was fantastic, even with a few modifications. Since I had to work, and didn't get home until about 6:30, I wasn't able to do a real tandoori chicken, so I just sprinkled the thighs with salt, pepper and coriander and broiled them. Also, I sauteed some onions with the jalapeno and ginger and used those as the base for the sauce, rather than stirring the jalapeno and ginger into the sauce raw. I also used only a splash of cream in an effort to not make it so terrible for us!

                It was really, really excellent. I'm so impressed. I can't imagine how excellent it would have been if I'd cooked the chicken per her specifications. Regardless, the husband said it was better than our two favorite Indian restaurants, so I'm very excited. Thanks!

                1. re: katecm

                  congratulations! too bad you don't have a photo, so our mouths can water!

                  1. re: katecm

                    When I'm really crunched for time, I cheat by adding a little bit of tandoori paste directly to the sauce and stir it in. It's that combination of spices that makes it makhani murghi more than cooking with butter and cream.

                    Although I wouldn't necessarily call your recipe "butter chicken," it still sounds like the type of delicious meal a busy Indian parent would rush onto the table after a long day. Can't wait to try it myself!

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            1. What about the pre made butter chicken sauces? I saw several of them at Whole Foods. Are any of them any good? I have never made butter chicken but all the recipes are very intimidating with all the ingredients etc......

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              1. re: Atochabsh

                i don't know about this particular sauce, but sharwood brand sauces are of excellent flavor and quality. we've had the jalfrezy and also a thai green curry. the coconut pineapple one was good, but not as good as the first two. i'd try the butter chicken sauce from sharwood in a heartbeat.

                i can't recall patak's bc sauce. it has been a while.

                1. re: alkapal

                  I love Patak's butter chicken sauce, but I have to admit that I don't ever use it alone and add in spices, tomatoes, cream, cashew nuts as well. But it's a great base.

                    1. re: haiku.

                      do you use the paste or the sauce?

                      1. re: alkapal

                        I use the sauce. The paste is not nearly as good IMO.

                        1. re: alkapal

                          Yep, the sauce is the way to go.