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Indian Butter Chicken w/ Yogurt Flatbread

Let’s talk about Murgh Makhani.  

Bless you.  Oh wait, you said Buttered Chicken!  Not everyone is on the Indian food gravy train, but if any dish will win them over it’s sure to be this one.    

Just under 15 minutes
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Murgh Makhani, better known as Buttered Chicken, is thought to have been developed around 1950 in India. The chicken is seasoned with garam masala, a warm Indian spice, and cooked in butter, duh. A gravy of tomato sauce and coconut milk coat the chicken and offer a rich, addicting bite. The mind-blowing flavor party happening in this dish might even win over those who previously vetoed Indian food. Lure them in with the scratch flatbread and they won’t be able to resist dipping it in the alluring buttered chicken sauce. Indian for the win!

must-have

chicken
2 breasts
butter
6 tablespoons
garam masala
about 2 tablespoons
red onion
1 each
flour
about 1 cup
yogurt
about ¾ cup
baking powder
about 1 teaspoon
tomato sauce (whatever you have leftover)
about ½ cup
coconut milk (whole fat, not light)
about ½ cup
cilantro
10 stems (we’ll use stems and leaves, of course!)

staples

salt
olive oil
pepper

totally optional

lime
wedges for plating

Preparation

Heat things up
Place both a large pan and a medium grill pan over medium heat.
Chicken’s turn
Add your butter to the large pan to melt. On a plastic cutting board, cut the chicken breasts first into strips, then into chunks. Season your chicken with garam masala, salt, and pepper. Next, grab your red onion and dice it up. Your butter should be melted by now, pour off about 2 tablespoons into a small bowl and reserve for later. Return the pan to the stove. Add the seasoned chicken chunks to your pan with the butter. Add about 3/4s of your diced onion to the chicken.
Make flatbread dough
In a large bowl, add flour, yogurt, baking powder, a large pinch of salt, reserved melted butter, and about half of what’s left of your red onion (we’re saving the last little bit for garnish). Mix well with your hands to form a dough. If it’s too dry add more yogurt, if it’s too wet add more flour. Set aside for just a moment.
Gravy time
Head back over to your chicken. To the pan, add tomato sauce and coconut milk, and let simmer.
Roll flatbread dough
Flop your dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into 3 balls, then roll each ball out to about ½” thick. Rub each flatbread with a bit of olive oil and a sprinkling of salt. Place the flatbreads, seasoned side down, into the grill pan (you might have to do each one separately depending on pan size). Rub a bit of oil onto the top side as well. After about two minutes, flip your flatbread to the other side, you should see some light grill marks. Grill on this side for another minute or two and remove from the pan.
Check the chicken
Taste your butter chicken sauce, add a bit of salt if needed. Grab your bunch of cilantro and tear off the stems (because we use every part, of course!). Slice the stems very fine and add to the chicken. Reserve the leaves for garnish.
Plate time baby!
Grab a plate and lay down a piece of flatbread. Spoon chicken on top and ladle sauce over it all. Top with remaining red onion, torn cilantro leaves, and lime(optional).
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