Recipe: The Better Butter Chicken

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What’s for Dinner?

The Better Butter Chicken

Healthier version of this ethnic favorite

-Janet and Greta Podleski, Eat, Shrink and Be Merry

It’s the star of India! A real jewel. A gem of a recipe. Our healthier rendition of this popular ethnic dish doesn’t use gobs of butter and tons of heavy cream, so you can save those precious calories for dessert.

better butter chickenIngredients:

2 teaspoons butter
1 cup chopped onions
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon grated gingerroot
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 can (19 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
1 Tablespoon born sugar
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 whole cooked rotisserie chicken, skin removed and meat cut up
1/3 cup light cream
¼ cup light sour cream or plain yogurt
1 Tablespoon minuced fresh cilantro
Hot, cooked basmati rice (optional)


Melt butter in a deep, 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add onions and garlic. Cook slowly, stirring often, until onions are tender, about 5 minutes. Add gingerroot, chili powder, turmeric and cinnamon. Cook 1 more minute. Add undrained tomatoes, tomato paste, brown sugar, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add cut up chicken, cream and sour cream. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 more minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro. Serve over hot basmati rice, if desired.

Janet and Greta are sisters, TV hosts and bestselling authors who believe that “dieting is only wishful shrinking!” Their first cookbook, Looneyspoons, sold more than 850,000 copies (outselling even Harry Potter) and spent 85 weeks on Canada’s bestseller list and eight months in the number-one spot.

Eat, Shrink and Bet Merry is full of great recipes, cartoons and helpful, healthful tips. For more information, visit their Web site.

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