Sunday, December 11, 2011

No-Butter Chicken

My good friend Alexis hosted a fantastic girls dinner and wine night at her apartment last week. She created a delicious Indian dish inspired by "Butter Chicken", but without all of the butter and the fat. It was spicy, flavorful, and surprisingly quick and simple. Piled on top of warm naan, it made a delightful Winter night meal. I added onto the original recipe by including garbanzo beans (my favorite!), which added a nice balance to the spices.

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 red onion chopped
2 tablespoons garlic chopped
2 tablespoons ginger chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon garam masala
1 teaspoon red chile flakes
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup garbanzo beans (from can, rinsed and drained)
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into cubes
1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1/2 cup water
2 pieces of naan (heated in the oven for a few mins)

Heat oil in large skillet, add onion, garlic, and ginger, and saute for about five minutes. Add tomato paste, cumin, brown sugar, garam masala, chile flakes, and salt. Stir everything together until fully combined. Add garbanzo beans and chicken breast cubes. Saute for about 6 minutes, until chicken is about halfway cooked. Add Greek yogurt and water. Simmer for about 6 more minutes. Scoop on top of naan and serve.

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