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Weekend Recipe: Easy Butter Chicken:

Here's an easy recipe that's nonetheless perfect for a winter's night.
By Julie Goodwin
Date: August 24 2013
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Just when Spring teases during the week with plenty of sunshine, the weekend cold snap in most parts of Australia reminds us that it's still winter. And that means it's a good time for something warming and wholesome. This one is easy and quick, but no less delicious for it. I hope you enjoy it.

Serves  6

Preparation time: 15 minutes 

Cooking time:  20 minutes


2 tablespoons olive oil

50g butter     

1.6kg chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into thirds

2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

3 teaspoons ground coriander seed

3 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground cardamom

½ teaspoon ground allspice

½ teaspoon chilli powder

4 tablespoons tomato paste

1 ½ cups tomato puree

2/3 cup natural yoghurt

1 cup thickened cream


coriander leaves and extra yoghurt


1.  In a large non-stick chef’s pan, heat a quarter of the oil and a quarter of the butter over medium-high heat. 

2.  Brown one-quarter of the chicken pieces for about 3 minutes, then remove from the pan and set aside. Repeat with the rest of the oil, butter and chicken.

3.  Reduce the heat to medium-low. In the oil left in the pan, sauté the ginger and garlic for a minute or two, then add the ground spices and cook for a further minute. Add tomato paste to the mixture and cook for another minute.

4.  Return chicken to the pan, along with tomato puree, yoghurt and cream. Simmer for 10 minutes or until chicken has cooked through. Taste and add a pinch of salt if necessary.

5.  Serve with basmati rice topped with extra yoghurt and scattered with coriander leaves.

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Find more of Julie's recipes on her website.

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