I love this recipe. Not only is it one of my family’s favorite chicken dishes, but it is also a healthier version of the dish. It uses less butter, less sodium and uses sour cream in place of heavy cream. Furthermore, it is cooked in a slow cooker, which is a convenient way to cook a meal for a busy person like me. Butter chicken, along with tandoori chicken is a very popular chicken dish in the Indian cuisine. The sauce, which consists of aromatic spices, sugar, butter, tomatoes, broth and almond butter is first slowly cooked for 5 hours and then pureed, after which the chicken pieces were added and cooked for another hour. Lastly sour cream was added to thicken the sauce, resulting in a creamy and aromatic dish. Although this recipe is not the typical way of cooking butter chicken, it turned out really good. My family enjoyed this dish with steamed rice; a sprinkle of chopped cilantro further enhances the flavors of this dish. Delicious! 😀
- 2 onions, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 tbsp (45 mL) butter
- 2 tbsp (30 mL) grated fresh ginger
- 2 tbsp (30 mL) packed brown sugar
- 2 tsp (10 mL) chili powder
- ¾ tsp (4 mL) ground coriander
- ¾ tsp (4 mL) ground turmeric
- ½ tsp (2 mL) cinnamon
- ½ tsp (2 mL) ground cumin
- ½ tsp (2 mL) salt
- ½ tsp (2 mL) pepper
- 1 can (28 oz/796 mL) diced tomatoes
- 1 cup (250 mL) sodium-reduced chicken broth
- ¼ cup (60 mL) almond butter or cashew butter
- 3 lb (1.4 kg) boneless skinless chicken thighs, quartered
- 1 cup (250 mL) sour cream
- 2 tbsp (30 mL) chopped fresh cilantro
- In slow cooker, combine onions, garlic, butter, ginger, brown sugar, chili powder, coriander, turmeric, cinnamon, cumin, salt, pepper and tomatoes.
- Whisk broth with almond butter; pour into slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on low for 5 hours or for up to 8 hours.
- With immersion blender, puree sauce until smooth. Add chicken; cook, covered, on high until juices run clear when chicken is pierced, 50 to 60 minutes.
- Stir in sour cream. Serve sprinkled with cilantro.
Almond or cashew butter may be purchased in a jar (like peanut butter) at the natural or organic section of most grocery stores. Here in Canada, I bought mine at the natural food section of Save-on Foods.
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