Indian Butter Chicken

This delightful Indian dish will leave you speechless and craving for more. Even if you have never tried Indian food before you simply cannot pass it up.

Why Chicken Makhani? 

Developed by a legendary restaurant in Daryaganj Delhi, India called Moti Mahal, Indian Butter Chicken is both healthy and delectable. This mildly spicy curry dish might be out of the ordinary to anything you’ve ever tried before but once you’ve tried it you’ll be wondering where Indian food has been all your life. Indian Butter Chicken is also incredibly versatile and can be eaten in a number of different ways. It’s good with rice, naan bread, noodles, on its own as a soup and can even be converted into toppings on a pizza! Loaded with spices, flavours and everyone’s favourite protein chicken, there are a vast array of incredible health benefits to this dish and it won’t give you the nasty taste of a kale and spinach soup. See the recipe and instructions below and comment for further details or to share your thoughts!

Recipe

Serves five people (four runners)

1 tablespoon peanut oil
¼ cup minced onion
2 ½ tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons ginger
2 teaspoons garlic
1 teaspoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons coriander
1 teaspoon cumin
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon cilantro
¼ cup plain yogurt
1 cup half and half
1 cup tomato sauce or tomato puree
1 pinch salt and pepper to taste
1 pound chicken  thighs or breasts
1 teaspoon cumin
1 pinch salt and pepper to taste

Instructions 

Sauce
1. Heat the peanut oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Stir in butter, minced onion, lemon juice, ginger, garlic, cumin, chili powder, coriander, nutmeg, cilantro, and cayenne. Add tomato sauce, and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in half-and-half and yogurt. Reduce heat to low, and simmer (uncovered) until chicken is ready. Season with salt pepper.

Chicken
1. Heat 1 tablespoon peanut oil over medium-high heat and begin to cook the chicken. After about 10 minutes or until lightly browned, flip and begin to season it with cumin, salt and pepper and whatever else you may desire. When flipping the chicken back to the other side, season that side with cumin, salt and pepper as well.

Merge

1. Once chicken is cooked and ready to go, cut into squares and blend into the sauce, turning the heat up slightly.
2. Serve over cooked rice (usually 1 cup does the trick) or naan bread (preferably whole-wheat). Top with more cilantro if you like it hot & spicy! It also makes a great soup if you prefer to go commando.

Why It’s Good For Runners 

With an array of healthy spices and seasonings, this dish will do your respiratory system wonders. The spicier you want to make it, the more you’ll be sniffling, getting all of that nasty stuff out of your lungs and nose. Chicken is also one of the healthiest proteins in existence. Like its sister turkey, chicken is loaded with tryptophan, an amino acid that can increase serotonin levels in the brain, enhance your mood and make it easier for you to sleep, and you know you have to be up early for that Sunday morning run! Chicken also contains plenty of Selenium which has been shown to improve metabolic performance and Niacin (also known as Vitamin B3) which reduces atherosclerosis, the dangerous hardening of the arteries that can lead to heart disease. We haven’t even mentioned all the incredible health benefits that are going to come from the tomato sauce, yogurt and the garlic. On all fronts, this dish has got you covered and can easily be adapted to add in your favourite vegetables as well. A little butter won’t kill you, so try this heart healthy Indian Butter Chicken recipe now!

 

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