This recipe was better the second night when I tweaked it a bit. Okay, so I just added a little more salt and pepper, but tweak seems to be a word used a lot in the kitchen, and since I am on recipe number three, I gave myself permission to use it.
I picked this recipe because of its name: Butter Chicken. How can you be led astray by a recipe called Butter Chicken? Even if the meal fails, you still get to tell people you made Butter Chicken for dinner.
What I could use with some of these meals are a few good vegetable sides. It would be helpful if you would post a few. If they were named things like buttered corn, caramelized carrots, or baked apples, I wouldn’t object. Really.
Once again, the Butter Chicken recipe assumed I would have almost all the ingredients in my kitchen. I didn’t.
Wait, before we go any further, I do have a question. How long do spices last? I should clarify. How long do spices in bottles labeled McCormick last?
The reason I ask about the spices is I now have cayenne, cumin, cardamom, andcoriander in my pantry. I almost had heart failure when I read the price of the cardamom at $15.00. What gives this spice the right to be so expensive? Will I ever use it again? Tell the truth, would I have missed a spice I had never even heard of?
I took 4 chicken breasts and chopped them in to bite-size pieces. The recipe said bite-size, but the picture showed whole chicken breasts. I suppose you can do it either way, but I can’t help wishing they had matched their words to their picture. I made an executive decision and chopped up the chicken and put it in a bowl.
Next, I added 5 cloves of minced garlic to a bowl. Does anyone want to share a tip for mincing garlic? Then I added 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. I very carefully added 1/4 teaspoon of ground coriander, 1/4 teaspoon of cumin, 1/4 teaspoon of cardamom, and finally, the juice from one whole FRESH lime.
Now, here is where I read the part where I was supposed to take this bowl of ingredients, introduce Chicken to Spice, and let them spend time getting to know one another, with the result being they would “marry”inate and ride happily off into my cast iron skillet. I did not plan for this. It was late, we were hungry, so I told them to just sleep together, for God’s sake, and I would be back in 1/2 an hour. Fate took a turn for the best.
Imagine my surprise when one half hour later, I took the bowl out of the fridge and Spice and Chicken were smiling all lovey at one another. I heard wedding bells.
Crying while dicing up an onion, I imagined the diced onion performing the wedding ceremony for Spice and Chicken.
Next, I melted lots and lots of butter in my cast iron skillet. (Yes, I have several cast iron skillets. I will tell you about them another time when we are not in the middle of a marriage ceremony.) I was supposed to use about 1/4 cup of butter but I might have used a little more. We needed a lot of butter to serve as bridesmaids and groomsmen.
Spice and Chicken arrived at the cast iron skillet chapel. Diced Onion married them while the butter bridesmaids and groomsmen surrounded them in golden goodness.
The ceremony took about 10 minutes.
After the ceremony, they were joined at the reception by Tomato Sauce (14.5 oz can) and his wife, Petite Diced Tomatoes (14.5 oz can). Homemade sauce was not invited.
The reception last about 30 minutes as they all simmered together under the light of a silver pan lid. If the sound of bubbling is any indicator, everyone had a wonderful time.
Then Spice and Chicken were toasted with a pint of the finest whipping cream (you could use light cream or half and half, but this is a wedding, for God’s sake!).
Later, a little sauced, the bride and groom rode off on basmati rice (actually, I used Minute rice because I DID have some in my pantry. HA HA HA!) while their friends threw cilantro on them.
Everyone lived happily ever after in the village of Butter. Spice and Chicken named their children Yummy and Tasty.
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A few notes:
If you would like to visit the town of Butter to clarify a few points of my story (in other words, if I just confused the heck out you) here is their address http://bit.ly/spiceandchicken.
The cream in the glass is not my photo. We needed a more festive picture of cream than the one I took.
The final picture is from actual recipe. The picture I took was to dark BUT my Butter Chicken looked just like this picture except the chicken bites were not perfect, I think my sauce was a little lighter, and the cilantro was more haphazard since it was thrown by the wedding guests.