Monday, September 23, 2013

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

This is a super quick and easy weeknight dinner solution.  Butter Chicken is among the best known Indian foods all over the world. The name is somewhat misleading, as it actually contains no butter!  I've tried to minimize the fat contact as much as possible by using a fat free Greek yogurt or sour cream, and half & half in lieu of whipping cream.  The sauce an be made as spicy or mild as you like so it's usually enjoyed by the kids too.  If not at least there's the rice! Also commonly known as Murg Makhani, Butter Chicken tastes great with the addition of lentils, chickpeas, and spinach.  This is recipe is the mild version, and super delicious!  

find that cooking with the bone in the chicken adds a lot more flavour, and buying the chicken with skin and bones is usually cheaper as well!  So, I just remove the skin from the chicken before adding it to the slow cooker, but you could always use boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a pinch!  You don't even need to defrost the chicken first!  Just toss it in the pot, and shred it or chop it before serving it up!  If you find it's too soupy, leave the lid off for 20 minutes or so for the sauce to reduce.

Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
Recipe Adapted from: Dinner with Julie

6-8 chicken thighs and/or drumsticks, skinned
1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 Tablespoon ginger, freshly grated
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoon curry paste or powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
2 Tablespoon tomato paste
2 teaspoons garam masala
1 cup fat free greek yogurt or fat free sour cream
1/2 cup half & half
salt & pepper

In a slow cooker combine onions, ginger, garlic, all the spices, diced tomatoes, and tomato paste.  Add the skinless chicken (frozen or not), cover, and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Uncover, and remove the chicken from the bone, and place back in the slow cooker along with the yogurt and cream,  and season to taste with salt and pepper.  Serve with Basmati Rice, fresh cilantro, and fresh warm naan.


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