Easy Butter Chicken.
Is it only me but is M & S losing it’s comforting, old school quality charm?!! I feel so bereft I have to speak out. My friend and I are now resorting to moving along the clothes stands picking up lemon jumpers with bows and highly flammable glittery blouses for extreme comedy value. We move incredulously amongst the aisles quietly guffawing and exclaiming WTF!!!
Listen, M & S was never really cutting edge and there was always a large section for the much older lady that felt elasticated waists and velcro slippers were a priority and rightly so. However things have definitely changed. There seems to be not a whole lot at all in the middle with a whole pantomime section targeted at eccentric people that don’t mind lighting up in the dark or being ruched half to death in bright mustard or stripey crop tops. Perhaps I am wrong and there is indeed a large market for all this foofery but I and my aging fat friends still want thigh length tops in three shades of navy blue, black and sage. If there is to be any tailoring on our garments then it must be outwards not inwards for the love of God! We want length and breadth for when we need it most….middle age. If we cant look to M & S for it, the bastion of the wider middles but well turned out, then can the high street ever be the same??? I can’t see Tesco taking up the slack.
The young staff they are employing now seem different too. True, I was trying to return an unwanted gift after the returns date had expired, but I was told indignantly by a young manager that she wouldn’t mind but the new policy of no returns or credits after 35 days is printed OBVIOUSLY on the receipt…as she tapped the bold print repeatedly with her finger………did she think me blind?????……..
She got off lightly……what I really wanted to do was jump on the sales counter and shout “ARE YOU MAD CHILD, THIS IS M & S FFS????!!!” and “I DON’T BELIEVE IT” but I was getting deeply into Victor Meldrew country and I wanted to go upstairs for a Jacket Potato so I stuffed my ridiculous jumper back in my bag and shuffled off broken hearted to the escalators quite sure of the impending doom facing the nation…………. Thank goodness they haven’t messed with the Percy Pigs.
Here is an incredible recipe for Easy Butter Chicken quite sure to gladden any and every baa humbug soul. It is both simple and delicious and perfect for a family meal or a gathering of friends. I always tend to make it ahead and reheat just beforehand and as is usually the case, it is a whole load of better for it.
I make mine with chicken fillets but I know it is advised to use the darker meat for optimum flavour but it does nothing for me. I am a breast girl always.
This Butter Chicken really is super delicious but I have found it must be spiced carefully. Too much and the incredible flavour of the butter can be lost. I am a complete wimp where heat is concerned so I add chilli conservatively here. I serve it with basmati rice and home made Naan-recipe to follow. God it is lush.
Easy Butter Chicken
This easy Butter Chicken recipe delivers a sensational curry every time. It is a warmly spiced, mellow curry with a divine, buttery an deep tomato sauce. Served with Basmati rice and home made Naan it is the dogs.
- 1 kg mini chicken fillets or fillets
- 500 mls tomato passata.
- 1 tbsp garam marsala
- 1/2 tsp mild chilli powder add more to suit
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 3 medium garlic cloves
- 1 medium onion
- 240 mls double cream
- 200 mls natural yoghurt
- 100 gms butter
- 2 tbsps olive oil
Brown all the chicken pieces in a very large saucepan, I used a large casserole pan, in a couple of tbsps of butter and a splosh of oil. Best to do so in batches and set aside. It does not matter that it isn't cooked through as it's just the colour we are after.
Blitz the onion and garlic in a food processor until finely chopped. In the frying pan that you browned the chicken in melt 2 more tbsps of butter and another splosh of oil. Add the blitzed onion and garlic and simmer gently until soft.
Add the spices and cook through for a couple of mins.
Pour in the passata and bring to a gentle simmer. Add the cream and yoghurt and mix well. Add the chicken pieces and simmer gently for fifteen minutes. Finally add the remaining butter and gently stir through.
Season carefully to taste.
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This recipe feeds 6 but if you were doing it for 8 just add another 300g of chicken in as the sauce is bountiful enough already for 8.
Perfect with this are my Homemade Garlic Naans.
Here is another deliciously simple main meal – Mid-week Vegetable Lasagne
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