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I fell in love with Indian food after my first taste of Butter Chicken, and enthusiastically attempted to make it at home.


butter chicken

3/4 cup Greek yogurt

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons vindaloo spice

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

8 bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed

1 stick salted butter

2 onions, finely chopped

salt and pepper

1 (15-ounce) can crushed tomatoes

2/3 cup chicken broth

1 cup cream

rice and cilantro to serve

In a large bowl, mix the yogurt with the vindaloo spice and lemon juice. Add the chicken thighs and turn to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, melt the butter over moderate heat. Add the onions, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes.

Add the chicken and its marinade along with the crushed tomatoes and stock to the casserole and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened slightly, 20 minutes. Stir in the cream and simmer until the sauce is flavorful and the chicken is cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes longer. Season with salt and pepper and serve with rice and cilantro.


Recipe adapted from Food and Wine, May 2016