Friday, June 10, 2011

Butter Chicken

Do you know someone who is like...
the most amazing cook in the whole entire world?
I know someone like that.
I've never tasted anything she has never cooked that wasn't 100% delicious.
I swear her kitchen is magic or something.

If I could have any job, a dream job,
I would be a chef.
At some hole in the wall restaurant in the middle of a big old city.
Wearing a white hat and a white apron.
And always tasting things with a wooden spoon,
to make sure they are just right.
But until then...
I'll just steal all of her recipes.
Like this one for example.
Try it.
It's surprisingly easy and such a hit!
Slightly spicy. Slightly zesty. And a lot delicious.
One downfall,
it's probably not the healthiest thing in the world.
Okay okay, anything with butter in the name and a pint of whipping cream can't possibly be healthy.
But who said you have to be healthy all the time anyways?
That wouldn't be any fun, now would it?

Butter Chicken

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized chunks
4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 t. salt
1/2 t. freshly ground black pepper
1/2 t. cayenne pepper
1/2 t. cumin
1/4 t. cardamom
1/4 t. coriander
Juice from one lemon OR one lime
1 largeish onion, diced
2-3 T. butter
1 15 oz. can tomato sauce
1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 pint whipping cream
Chopped cilantro
3 c. rice

In a ziplock bag, combine the first 9 ingredients and marinate in the refrigerator overnight.
Make sure everything is real mixed up and the chicken is well coated.
When you're ready to cook...
Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat and saute the onion until softened and beginning to turn a nice translucent color.
Add the marinated chicken breasts and cook for 10 minuets or so.
Add the diced tomatoes and tomato sauce.
Place a lid on the pot and let it simmer over low heat for half an hour.
Remove from heat and stir in the cream. (I ended up only using about 2/3 of a pint,  somehow I still just couldn't justify using a whole pint...).
Serve over a mountain of rice and garnish each serving with a pinch of fresh cilantro.

I'm positive you'll want to steal this one for you recipe book too!

Oh Happy Life.

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