Chicken Makhani
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Chicken Makhani

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Serves 2

This is a cheat's version, fabulously flavoursome, extremely easy and quick and very low in fat!

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  • 230g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon tomato puree
  • 2-3 cm piece grated root ginger
  • 2 or 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1-2 green chillis, deseeded (or leave them in if you like it hot!)
  • 200ml chicken stock
  • 15g ground almonds
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 200g pack of cooked chicken tikka fillets (i use tesco)
  • 1 tbsp reduced fat butter
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • bunch fresh coriander


    1. Place chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, ginger, garlic, chillis, chicken stock in a saucepan and simmer fairly briskly, uncovered, for about 10 minutes, until the sauce has thickened and reduced.
    2. Stir in the ground almonds, sugar and chicken pieces, heating through gently for about 7 minutes.
    3. Stir in the butter, garam masala and coriander. Serve straightaway, with some plain boiled rice or a naan bread.
    4. Enjoy!

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23rd Dec, 2011
Extremely easy and quick to make. Very Tasty!
12th Dec, 2011
Fabulous recipe! We're making it again this week! :)
22nd Sep, 2011
There aren't enough stars to properly rate this dish! My wife and I both are heat wimps, medium is as spicy as we like to go. This turned out perfect. I used one poblano pepper. It blended perfectly with the garam masala, ginger, and garlic ... and the nutty flavor from the almonds blew my mind.
9th Sep, 2011
Had a curry night around ours last night, and this was definitely a hit, although tasting nothing like the Makhani at my local take away. I used 1Kg mix of turkey breast and thigh, and followed some else’s advice on marinating it in some curry paste, i used a mixture of a mild and madras curry paste & left it in the fridge for a couple of hours before cooking and adding to the sauce. I also added x2 sweet potatoes as there was enough sauce, I chopped into small cubes cooked with a little water in the microwave and stirred in. I forgot the coriander but it still tasted great.
7th Sep, 2011
Firm favourite in our house :)
31st Jul, 2011
I made this tonight for my husband and myself. It is one of the tastiest recipes I've ever made and we both loved it. I've written 10 out of 10 on my recipe and would give Steph more stars if I could. It is now written into our list of favourites. I used the second half of a roast chicken, chopped up, rolled around in a little mild curry powder then added in the sauce. I didn't feel it needed chicken tikka fillets as it was full of flavour without. It suits my conviction that it's possible to produce a delicious meal with minimum kitchen time.
1st Jul, 2011
Fabulous great flavour!!
12th Jun, 2011
Really delicious. I also marinated my own chicken as I think the shop bought packs are quite expensive and I agree that it needs a little onion but a great curry. My kids ages 6 & 8 loved it too.
11th Jun, 2011
Not tried this recipe yet although it looks very nice indeed. However it can't rightly be called a chicken makhani (aka butter chicken) proper as it does not include cinnamon, cloves or fresh cream.
12th Mar, 2011
Really wasn't sure about this recipe as I don't normaly cheat, but gave it a go anyway and I am glad I did, definately one I will be doing again and again. I couldn't bring myself to buy Tikka fillets, so roasted boned chicken thighs in yoghurt, lime juice, termeric and tikka mix first and it still turned out well. Absolutely delicious, I just wish there were more curry recipies like this, come on Steph after all the reviews its time to post another curry recipe.


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