Saturday, September 11, 2010

Butter Chicken


  • 4 pieces Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (cut Into Bite Sized Pieces)
  • 5 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoons Black Pepper
  • ½ teaspoons Cayenne Pepper
  • ¼ teaspoons Ground Coriander
  • ¼ teaspoons Cumin
  • ¼ teaspoons Cardamon
  • 1 whole Lime, Juiced
  • 1 whole Onion, Diced
  • ¼ cups Butter
  • 1 can (14.5 Oz. Can) Tomato Sauce
  • 1 can (14.5 Oz. Can) Petite Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 1 bunch Chopped Cilantro, to taste
  • 2 cups Basmati Rice (or However Much You Want)

Preparation Instructions

Combine first 9 ingredients and marinate overnight.

Saute the onion in the butter until soft. 

Add marinated chicken and cook about 10 minutes. 

Add the tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. Cook for 30 minutes over medium-low heat with the lid on. 

Add the whipping cream and cilantro just before serving over white rice.

I found this recipe once again in the Pioneer Woman's blog and wanted to hurry home to make it.  Even if it was during the week, it just looked too good, I couldn't pass it up and it really wasn't hard at all.  I made it over a week ago and just haven't had the time to post it.  It's Saturday morning and my oven is set on "self-cleaning" so since I can't do anything in the kitchen for a couple of hours, I decided to go ahead post some blog entries since I am falling behind.

The more I started prepping and cooking this recipe the more I became a little more skeptical. Not only does it ask for ALOT, alot of butter but I've never cooked any kind of meat with Cardamom before and mixed with Cumin which I only use in my Mexican dishes.  I've only used Cardamom during the holidays when I make my delicious sweet Finnish Pulla Bread (recipe will be posted around Christmas time) so I thought it was only used it breads and not with meats.  Anyway, I was getting a little nervous thinking this dish was going to bomb but once it was done and I sat down to eat it ........WOOOOOW!!!!!  For one, I didn't know it was going to taste like my favorite Indian dish that I always pile my plate with when I go to our local Indian restaurant here in Lynchburg (Milan).  To tell you the truth I didn't realize it was an Indian dish until I did some research.  The flavors were beyond what I imagined and in the most delicious way.  This one is definitely a keeper, I just need to learn to make it with a lot less butter but then I'll put myself in a quandary because I won't be able to call it "Butter" Chicken anymore.  "Margarine Chicken"?, "Butter Spread Chicken"? or maybe just plain ol' "Indian Chicken"?.  I don't know, I'll have to think about that one.  

Hubby liked it and if you look closely, I completely missed the part about cutting up the chicken and ended up serving them whole.   I don't know what I was thinking but I guess I wasn't!  I have to agree that cut up chicken  would've made this dish a lot more delicious so that the juices and flavors would have smothered the meat more.  I'll make sure to remember next time.  

Football season is here!!! Woohoo!!  We won our first game vs. St. Francis.  It was supposed to be played in our newly renovated stadium BUT since it wasn't ready they decided to have the game across town in the old city stadium where our team used to play back in the 70's and 80's.  So for many it was a walk through memory lane.  To add to the nostalgia, three former coaches were invited back and were bestowed the honor of "Honorary Captains".  It's always fun to go back down memory lane, to appreciate our humble beginnings and how God has blessed us and continues to do so.  We had a sluggish beginning to the game but figured out what the opponent was doing and ended up to holding them to only 7 pts.  The final score was 52-7.  A great beginning to the beginning of a new season.  Now, next is Ball State U.  Hopefully we can be just as dominating throughout the whole game, unlike Marshall last night.  They dominated WVU through 3 qtrs., were up by 17 points!!  WVU caught up in the 4th, ended up tieing the game and then Marshall losing by a field goal.  It was so sad.  I'm always for the under dog.  But gotta give it to them, they were very impressive despite the loss. So happy football season. {{{GO Flames!!!}}}} ~isavortheweekend

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