Balti Butter Chicken

We all love Indian food, but often the recipes and spices are so intimidating we don’t even try to make our own. This recipe is a great shortcut for a delicious homemade curry dinner!


Serves 4 – 6

1 packet of Nice ‘n Spicy Balti Butter Chicken Spices (most greengrocers and supermarkets stock it)
1 roasted chicken (buy ready roasted chicken at your local supermarket)
Knob of butter
2t cooking oil
2 onions, chopped
2/3 heaped teaspoons ready chopped garlic
2 Heaped teaspoons ready chopped ginger
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1t salt
1t sugar
1t chicken stock
Black pepper to taste
175ml plain yoghurt
4t cream – optional
50g almonds or cashews, chopped – optional
Brown rice, fresh coriander & fresh tomato and onion salsa for serving

Here’s how
The spice packet has instructions on the back – we just simplified it like this:

  1. Heat butter and oil in heavy pot. (Mmm! Just used our new cherry red Le Creuset pot – gorgeous!)
  2. Lightly fry the onion until transparent, add garlic and ginger and fry for another minute.
  3. Add the first three layers of the spice and sauté until fragrant – for a minute or two.
  4. Add chicken stock, tin of tomatoes and fill the tomato tin with water and add to the pot.
  5. Add the 4th sachet of spice.
  6. Close the lid and let it simmer for about 15 minutes.
  7. Taste and add salt, sugar and pepper – let it simmer for another 15 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
  8. In the meantime chop the chicken off the bone into bite-sized pieces.
  9. When your sauce is nice and thick and the flavours have blended, add the chopped chicken, add yoghurt and cream and let it gently heat through.
  10. Add chopped nuts.
  11. Serve with rice (we used Spekko Brown Rice), fresh coriander.

You can also serve the chicken with rotis, naan bread or poppadums and mixed salad (chopped tomato, onion, pineapple and cucumber)
Mrs Balls chutney and atchar also work well.
Serve some sliced chillies on the side for those who like more bite!

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