Spice Pots Butter Chicken

Spice Pots Butter Chicken

I used to make this recipe all the time (way before Spice Pots) but finally tried it using Spice Pots.  Went down a storm with all the family and was as easy as I had remembered.  I used 6 or 7 teaspoons of the Bhuna Blend but you could use any of the blends.  I tend to marinade this the night before or at least a couple of hours in advance.

4cm piece of ginger, grated
6 garlic cloves, crushed
150ml natural yoghurt
6 or 7 teaspoons Bhuna Blend (about half the pot)
400g tin chopped tomatoes (or fresh ones)
1.5 teaspoons of salt
1kg chicken breasts or thigh fillets (boneless), cut into largish chunks
Oil for frying
1 large onion, thinly sliced
Coriander to garnish
4 tbsp double cream (optional)

Mix together the ginger, garlic, yoghurt, Spice Pot spices, tomatoes and salt.  Add the chicken and coat thoroughly.  Cover and marinate, overnight or for at least 2 hours.

Heat the oil in a large frying pan and cook the onion until soft and browning.  Add the chicken mixture and fry for 2 minutes (I used to leave out this step and it still works fine).  Mix in the coriander and cream and tip into a shallow baking dish.

​Bake for 1 hour at 180 C.  If the top is browning too quickly, cover with tinfoil.  If not browned enough, put under the grill for a couple of minutes at the end of cooking time. Leave to rest for 10 minutes before serving.  

Notes on Butter Chicken
Butter chicken, or Murgh Makhni is a Mogul dish that has many versions.  The butter in the title refers to ghee, a type of clarified butter.  I have not used ghee as I don't like the taste!  Serve with rice and pieces of roti or naan.

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