You ask, I deliver, peeps! I had a ton of requests for my clean(er) version of Oscar Night Butter Chicken, and I aim to please. Butter Chicken is one of my FAVE Indian dishes- everything about it is so comforting and hearty. But the fact that the dish has the word "butter" in it... well, we won't go there.
This dish has no butter (sub strained tomatoes) and no cream (coconut milk instead!) in it- and it is DELISH! The slow cooked chicken, chick peas, and sweet potatoes make this dish thick and yummy- great for a stormy night at home watching reruns of Sex and the City. Not that I ever do that.
Grocery List (serves 8):
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (you can also use thighs)
- 1 can of chick peas, drained and rinsed well
- 1 jar of strained tomatoes (found usually on the bottom shelf in the grocery store where the pasta/pasta sauce is)
- 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- Heaping handful of fresh spinach
- 1 jar Patak's Butter Chicken Paste (or equivalent)
- 1/2 can coconut milk (or more, depending on how thick you would like the dish)
- Greek Yogurt
- 2 to 3 Roma tomatoes
- Whole grain brown rice or whole grain Naan bread
- Any vegetables you would like to add
In a large crock pot or slow cooker, layer chicken breasts, sweet potatoes, chick peas, strained tomatoes, roma tomatoes (if using), and butter chicken paste. Make sure to stir the paste into the strained tomatoes and that the chicken and sweet potatoes are covered with liquid. Cook on low for 8 hours.
After about 7-7.5 hours, open the slow cooker lid and shred the chicken (it should break apart easily). pour the coconut milk into the slow cooker and mix well. Add spinach to the top and cover. Cook for remaining half hour. (Option is to serve the butter chicken over spinach instead of adding it to the slow cooker).
Voila! Serve by itself, with 1/3 cup whole grain brown rice, or 1/2 piece whole grain Naan bread. Garnish with dollop of greek yogurt and cilantro.
*As a bonus, this dish freezes well!
What's your favourite comfort food that you'd like to see made "clean"?