Butter Chicken Recipe - Cooking from Coconut Lagoon's Cookbook
Coconut Lagoon Butter Chicken Recipe
|Butter Chicken Recipe from Coconut Lagoon's Cookbook|
|Dan and I with Chef Joe at Coconut Lagoon's cookbook launch|
In terms of preparation, gathering the ingredients for this recipe was fairly easy. If you are uncertain about buying a huge quantity of spices, bulk stores would be a good place to shop (e.g. Bulk Barn). Though, we found some pretty inexpensive prices at Superstore/Loblaws for coriander and chili powder. The one tricky part was actually finding a good price for cashew nuts!
You do need to pre-marinate the chicken with yogurt, chili powder, tumeric, salt and oil the night before. This actually helps the chicken taste tender when cooked.
|Butter Chicken cooking away|
Butter Chicken Recipe (Serves 4-6) Gluten-free
- 2 cups raw cashew nuts
- 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 3 Tbsp plain yogurt
- 1/2 tsp red chili powder
- 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/2 tsp salt, plus extra to taste
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
- 2 small onions, chopped
- 1 1/2 tsp Ginger-Garlic Paste (recipe below)
- 1 1/2 tsp ground coriander
- 2 tomatoes, finely chopped
- 3 Tbsp tomato paste
- 1 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi)
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp chaat masala
- 3 cups milk
- Chopped cilantro, for garnish
Ginger-Garlic Paste (Makes ½ cup) Dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian
- 1 (4-inch) piece ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped (1/4 cup)
- 10 cloves garlic
Using a dish towel, pat ginger dry and transfer it to a mini food processor (or use a mortar and
Add garlic and 2 Tbsp water and process until smooth, wiping down the sides of the food
processor as required. Stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Butter Chicken Directions
In a saucepan, combine cashews and 4 cups water and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce
heat and simmer for 5 minutes, until nuts have softened. Strain and set aside to cool. Transfer
to a food processor or blender and purée until smooth.
In a large bowl, combine chicken, yogurt, chili powder, turmeric, salt, and oil and mix well until
chicken pieces are fully coated. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours.
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place chicken on prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, until par-cooked.
Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions and sauté for 3 minutes. Reduce
heat to medium. Add ginger-garlic paste and cook for another 3 minutes. Stir in coriander,
cooking for 1 more minute.
Add tomatoes and tomato paste and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in 2 Tbsp cashew paste, sugar,
fenugreek leaves, cumin, and chaat masala and cook for 1 minute. (Leftover cashew paste can
be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.) Add chicken and milk and bring
to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 8 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through but still
juicy and tender. Season with salt to taste.
Garnish with cilantro and serve with rice.
- 2 cups Basmati Rice
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 1/2 tsp vegetable oil
Rinse Rice Well, at least 3-4 times, until the water runs clear. Put rice, salt, lemon juice, and oil in a large saucepan, add 4 cups of water, and bring to a boil, stirring to prevent rice from sticking.
Reduce head to medium-low and simmer, covered, for 12-15 minutes until rice is cooked. Remove from heat and set aside, covered, for another 8-10 minutes. Remove lid and fluff the grains with a fork. Serve immediately.
|Butter chicken served with Basmati Rice and Pappadums|
We really enjoyed making this Butter Chicken recipe and the directions were easy to follow. I did cut down the amount of cashew nuts we cooked to 1 cup since only 2 Tablespoons are needed for this recipe. I also used fenugreek seeds (which we added in while cooking ginger-garlic paste and onions) since I couldn't find fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi). Serving Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice is important as the rice helps to absorb all that delicious flavours and sauce. The chicken was also super tender as it is initially parcooked and then cooked again with the rest of the spices.
If you enjoy Butter Chicken as much as I do then make this recipe! We also really liked the Shrimp Mango Curry (pictured below). You can find Chef Thottungal's cookbook Coconut Lagoon at any major publishing outlets such as Chapters, Indigo and Amazon.
Excerpts from Coconut Lagoon by Joe Thottungal. Copyright © 2019 Coconut Lagoon. Published by Figure1 Publishing Inc. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.