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Butter Chicken

Photo: Alison Gootee; Styling: Gerri Williams
Prep time 20 mins
Cook time 5 hrs, 15 mins
Total time 5 hrs, 35 mins
Yield Serves 8
Count on your slow cooker to deliver this favorite Indian dish--savory Butter Chicken.

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup plain yogurt (not nonfat)
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, optional

Nutrition Information

  • calories 284
  • fat 14 g
  • satfat 6 g
  • protein 30 g
  • carbohydrate 10 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • cholesterol 93 mg
  • sodium 555 mg

How to Make It

  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring, until softened and beginning to brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Scrape into slow cooker. Place chicken pieces on top.

  2. Combine ginger, garlic, almonds, yogurt, garam masala and salt in a food processor and process until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl with a flexible spatula as necessary. Add tomatoes and pulse once to combine. Pour mixture over chicken. Cover and cook on low until chicken is tender, 4 to 5 hours. Stir in heavy cream, cover and cook until warmed through, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro just before serving, if desired.