book a while ago, and it's been on 'that' list for a while - it calls itself butter chicken, but butter chicken it isn't, doesn't mean it isn't nice or even delicious - it is extremely delicious, it's just not what it says it is!
My hubby loved the sauce. LOVED the sauce. Has asked me to make it again. So although it's not butter chicken, it's making a comeback to the house of many frills. Also, it smells wonderful and warm whilst cooking, filling your house with a promise of what's to come: yummy flavourful and warm dinner. The ingredients are inexpensive and if you substitute evaporated milk for the cream, and used chicken breast, it would be pretty low fat too.
Ingredients (serves 8)
2kg chicken drumsticks or 1kg chicken thigh fillets.
20ml rice bran oil
2 onions, chopped in 8ths
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1 thumb of ginger, peeled
1 chilli, chopped, seeds removed
1 tsp tumeric
1 tsp gound cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp fennel seeds
1/4 tsp cinnamon
contents of 4 cardamon pods (don't put in the pod)
300ml chicken stock
2 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 cup cream
Toasted flaked almonds to serve (optional - but delicious!)
Preheat your slowcooker whilst:
In a frypan, heat the ricebran oil and add your chicken. Put the lid on and allow it to cook and slighty brown, and then turn over and do the other side. When done, place in the slow cooker.
Mix the tomato paste with the chicken stock and pour over the chicken.
Put the onion, garlic, ginger and chilli in a food processor. Pulse until it becomes a puree/paste.
Mix your cumin, paprika, tumeric, fennel seed, cinnamon and cardamon together in a mortar and pestle. Mix together and set aside.
Transfer the puree to the frypan your chicken was in and stir over medium heat until the onion starts to caramelise, add the spices and stir well.
Add these to the slow cooker and stir well. Place the lid on, place the slow cooker setting on high and allow to cook for 3- 3.5 hours.
20 minutes before serving, turn off the slow cooker and let sit for 15 minutes and then add cream. Stir through (any earlier and it may curdle)
Serve with rice, toasted almonds and a sprig of coriander if the mood takes you!
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