Butter Chicken Recipe

Ingredients: Gather 1 lb (450g) boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts, ½ cup plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 teaspoons ground turmeric, 2 teaspoons garam masala, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon ground ginger, 4 cloves garlic (minced), 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 1 large onion (diced), 1 cup tomato sauce, ½ cup heavy cream, 2 tablespoons butter, salt and pepper to taste, and chopped fresh cilantro for garnish.

Marinating the Chicken: In a bowl, mix together the yogurt, lemon juice, turmeric, garam masala, cumin, paprika, ginger, garlic, salt, and pepper. Add the chicken pieces and coat them well with the marinade.

Searing the Chicken: Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the marinated chicken pieces and cook until browned on all sides, about 5-6 minutes per side. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.

Sautéing the Onion: In the same skillet, add the diced onion and cook until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes.

Making the Sauce: Stir in the tomato sauce and heavy cream, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet. Bring the mixture to a simmer.

Combining Chicken and Sauce: Return the seared chicken pieces to the skillet, coating them well with the sauce. Simmer gently for another 10-15 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened.

Finishing Touches: Stir in the butter until melted and fully incorporated into the sauce. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.