Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Butter Chicken

Ever since our Last Hurrah Trip to NYC where I devoured most delicious butter chicken I have ever had, I've been obsessed with tasting that scrumptiousness again without actually having to travel up to NYC. Don't get me wrong, I'd LOVE to go up there again, but that butter chicken would come with a hefty price tag. I've sought out butter chicken at a few Indian restaurants around here but they just weren't up to par so I was determined to at least find a recipe that was. After trying several different ones I found online, I was left only disappointed. They didn't even come close.

Well, after over 2 years of searching and experimenting with different recipes, I was so excited when I was finally able to re-create that taste velvety smooth blend of moist chicken and Indian spices. I tested the recipe out 3 times to make sure it was consistently yummy and each time the hubby gave it a big thumbs up. Poor thing's been my guinea pig for 2 years now! It's also been tested out by my fellow vballer and lover of cooking buddy, Glen, who's been on my case for this recipe, so I'd say it's a winner winner butter chicken dinner! :)

The BEST Butter Chicken, made in the slow cooker or skillet!

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Butter Chicken
by happyvballgirl @ My Epicurean Adventures
http://www.myepicureanadventures.com/2016/04/butter-chicken.html

Printable Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

2 Tbsp cooking oil (I use grapeseed oil)
5 cloves minced garlic
1 onion, finely chopped
1 stick + 2 Tbsp (10 Tbps) butter
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp garam masala
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 cup heavy cream
1 15 oz can of tomato sauce
1 1/2 - 2 lbs of boneless chicken, uncooked, cubed (chicken breasts work fine but I love boneless thighs the best)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Heat oil in skillet on medium high heat. Saute minced garlic and onions until soft and translucent. Add butter and next 5 ingredients (aka all the spices) and let simmer for 2-3 minutes. Add the tomato sauce, stir well and cook for 2-3 more minutes. Reduce heat to low, stir in heavy cream and mix thoroughly until well blended.

2. If using a SLOW COOKER: Carefully transfer sauce to slow cooker and add in uncooked chicken. Place lid on slow cooker and cook on LOW for about 7-8 hours, MEDIUM for about 5-6 hours or HIGH for about 3-4 hours.

3. For the SKILLET method, in a separate skillet, heat up about 1 Tbsp of oil over medium heat. Add cubed chicken, season with a couple dashes of salt, pepper and garam masala and saute until no longer pink in the middle. Stir cooked cooked chicken into sauce. On low heat, simmer mixture for about 5-10 minutes.

4. Variations: on occasion, I also like to add peas or sauteed kale or spinach to the sauce. These can be added in after sauteing the onions and garlic for about 3-4 minutes on their own.

Serve over basmati or jasmine rice with a store-bought or homemade samosa abd naan on the side.
Enjoy! :)

Makes about 6-8 servings.

Note: This is one of those dishes that tastes better the longer it sits. Originally, I made this in a skillet and ate it that night for dinner. While it was good, I noticed that it tasted waaay better as leftovers over the next couple days. That's when I decided to try making it in a slow cooker. Sure enough, letting it simmer together for hours did the trick and tasted delicious right out of the slow cooker.

Here we are enjoying my latest batch while enjoying our new deck and patio. It was extra tasty this night. :)


I made this lunch for myself last year, with that homemade samosa along with cupcake in honor my friend's birthday - Kelly of EasyLunchboxes. Click here to see post.


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And lastly, a picture of dinner as served to Big Sis at 3:15pm. Click here to see the Facebook post explaining why her dinner is so early. :)


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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Weeks #23-28

Well, it's time to play catch up once again. I've been making lunches every day, just not always taking pictures of them nor blogging about them. So it's high time for another round of Lunch Box Fun. This time it includes over a month of mostly varied eats, surprisingly enough! :)

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Weeks #23-28. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches

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1. Salami, turkey and cheese sandwich on leftover Italian loaf bread sliced, with carrots and ranch, strawberries, Cheetos and and fruit leather in my EasyLunchboxes and a Pick Ease pick.

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Weeks #23-28. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches, french bread sandwich

2. Mac and cheese with Wheat Thins and Laughing Cow Cheese, cantaloup, carrots, sugar snap peas with ranch and Pringles in a LunchBots Quad, Thermos and a Pick-Ease pick.

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Weeks #23-28. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches, mac and cheese

3. Chicken tenders with honey mustard in the squirt bottle, mini Pretzel Crisps, grapes, grape tomatoes and a Fuji apple in our ThinkBaby bento box, a LunchBots Quad and a Pick-Ease pick.

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Weeks #23-28. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches, chicken tenders

4. A hot dog with ketchup and shredded cheese, cantaloupe, Pringles, GoGo Squeez Applesauce, carrots, sugar snap peas with ranch in our Fit & Fresh Bento Kit and a Pick-Ease pick.

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Weeks #23-28. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches, hot dog

5. Trader Joe's mini pizza appetizers with GoGo Squeez Applesauce, cantaloupe, Cheetos and Keebler Club & Cheese crackers in our EasyLunchboxes and a Pick-Ease pick.

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Weeks #23-28. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches, mini pizzas

6. Cinnamon raisin bagel with cream cheese with sliced Fuji apples, strawberries, carrots and ranch and mini Pretzel Crisps in our EasyLunchboxes and Blue Avocado reuasable pouch.

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Weeks #23-28. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches, bagel sandwich

7. Big Sis requested this one: Rice, panko chicken leftovers with roasted seaweed (aka nori), Peanut Butter crackers and popcorn in our ThinkBaby bento box.

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Weeks #23-28. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches, rice and chicken

8. Ham and cheese croissant sandwich with Cheetos, carrots and ranch, kiwi, popcorn and a granola bar in our EasyLunchboxes and Pick-Ease pick.

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Weeks #23-28. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches, croissant sandwich

9. This was a dinner-on-the-go on a crazy busy night of rushing around between soccer practices and piano lessons and something else I can't remember. lol. Fish sticks with tartar sauce, mozzarella cheese sticks with marinara sauce, canned carrots and broccoli in our EasyLunchboxes.

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Weeks #23-28. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches, fish sticks and mozzarella sticks

10. DIY Lunchables of the cheese, deli meat and cracker variety with strawberries, carrots, sugar snap peas with ranch, Cheetos and popcorn in our EasyLunchboxesBlue Avocado reuasable pouch and a Pick-Ease pick.

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Weeks #23-28. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches, cheese and cracker lunchables

11. Easy homemade mushroom pizza on whole wheat naan bread from Trader Joe's with carrots and ranch, grape tomatoes, peach cup and Little Bites' Crumb Cakes in our EasyLunchboxes with a Pick-Ease pick.

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Weeks #23-28. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches, naan pizza

12. Mini pizzas from Trader Joe's with strawberries, carrots and ranch, Cheetos and popcorn in our EasyLunchboxes and Blue Avocado reuasable pouch.

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Weeks #23-28. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches, mini pizzas

13. Turkey and cheese mini sub on hot dog bun with sugar snap peas, carrots and ranch, Cheetos, kiwi and a mandarine oranges cup in EasyLunchboxes.

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Weeks #23-28. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches, mini turkey and cheese sub sandwich

14. Frozen pizza from Trader Joe's with strawberries, Pretzel Crisps and Laughing Cow Cheese, peach cup and popcorn in EasyLunchboxes with a Pick-Ease pick.

My Epicurean Adventures: Lunch Box Fun 2015-16: Weeks #23-28. Lunch box ideas, school lunch ideas, lunches, pizza

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Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)

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