30 Minute Spicy Butter Chicken

After taking a week [or two] off for my birthday we are back with some new recipes! This recipe is from Half Baked Harvest who if you don’t know about, you’re missing out on some amazing recipes. I will say, be prepared, this recipe packs some heat, so be careful and maybe don’t make the mistake in taking this to work for lunch like I did.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Chicken breast/thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 Cups Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 6 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 TBSP Ginger
  • 2 TSP + 1 TBSP Garam Masala
  • 2 TSP Cumin
  • 1 TSP Turmeric
  • 1-2 TSP Cayenne
  • Salt + Pepper
  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 4 TBSP Salted Butter
  • 1 Large Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 1-2 TSP Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 Cup Tomato Paste
  • 1 14oz Can Full Fat Coconut milk/ 1 Cup Cream
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Cilantro, roughly chopped
  • Steamed rice/naan

Let’s Get Cooking

Toss together chicken + yogurt + 3 garlic cloves + 1 TBSP ginger + 2 TSP garam masala + 1 TSP cumin + 1/2 TSP turmeric + 1 TSP cayenne + 1 TSP salt in a large bowl and let sit for 5-10 minutes. I let mine sit for about 2 hours in the fridge.

Heat your oil in a large skillet over MED-HIGH heat. Add in the chicken and any of the remaining paste and sear on all sides, about 2-4 min each side. The chicken will finish cooking in the sauce. Add in 1 TBSP of butter and toss to coat the chicken. Remove the chicken from the skillet.

In the same skillet add in the onion and cook until softened. Add in 2 TBSP butter + 3 garlic cloves + 1 TBSP ginger + 1 TBSP garam masala + 1 TSP cumin + 1/2 TSP turmeric + 1/2 TSP cayenne + pinch of chili flakes + salt + pepper. Cook until you begin to smell all the spices, it will take over the kitchen. Add in the tomato paste and cook for another 3-4 minutes.

Reduce heat to low and add 1 cup water + coconut milk. Stir to combine, making sure the tomato paste is fully incorporated. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the sauce thickens. Add in 1 TBSP of butter. Add in the chicken and cook until the chicken is finished cooking, about 5 minutes. Stir here and there.

Season with salt and pepper and remove from heat. Serve with rice and naan.

Make sure you have a glass of water nearby, it has some spice, but won’t ruin your tongue.

Always Hungry,

Hannah

Chickpea Masala

I LOVE Indian Cuisine; the spices, the flavors, it truly goes unmatched. The hard thing about Indian recipes is that at times, to get such these amazing spice profiles, they take quite a while to complete. This recipe, Antoni’s of course, has such amazing flavor in such a short time. Not only that, but if you are working to incorporate a meatless meal here and there, this is a great one!

Ingredients

  • 2 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • 2 TBSP Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Medium Onions, Finely chopped/ about 3 cups
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 TBSP Ginger, Finely chopped & peeled
  • 1 1/2 TSP Ground Coriander
  • 1 1/4 TSP Ground Cumin
  • 1 1/2 TSP Ground Turmeric
  • 1/8 TSP Cayenne Pepper
  • Kosher Salt
  • 1 28 oz Can Whole Tomatoes
  • 2 15 oz Can Chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/3 Cup Dried Apricots, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 Cup finely Chopped Fresh Cilantro
  • 1/2 Cup finely Chopped Red Onion
  • Lime Wedges
  • Plain Yogurt
  • Basmati/Jasmine Rice

Let’s Get Cooking

Heat the EVOO and butter in a large pot over med-high heat until the butter is melted. Add in onions + garlic + ginger and cook, stirring until the onions have softened. Add in the remaining spices, coriander + cumin + turmeric + cayenne + 1 TSP Salt.

Add in the tomatoes with their juices, and 1/2 cup water. Using a wooden spoon, break up the tomatoes. Add in the chickpeas and use the spoon to mash up a quarter of them. Stir in the chopped apricots and increase heat to high. Once the mixture has come to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and stir occasionally. Let thicken for about 18-22 minutes. Once the time is up, taste and adjust for salt and remove from heat.

Serve the masala ASAP with some jasmine or basmati rice. Top with, if you’d like, some red onion and cilantro on top with lime wedges and a scoop of yogurt!

Always Hungry,

Hannah

Lamb Rogan Josh

Indian cuisine may just be one of my favorites. All the spices and aromatics, the fluffy basmati rice and naan, omg. I crave it all the time, but it can be daunting to make at home with a limited spice cabinet. A few spices can go a long way so I suggest investing in them! I got this recipe from Krumpli.co.uk, check them out! A kitchen scale, if you have one, is super helpful for this recipe!

Ingredients

  • 14 oz/400 g Lamb
  • 3.25 fl oz/ 100ml Natural Yogurt (I used Greek Yogurt)
  • 30 g / 1 oz Ginger
  • 30 g / 1 oz Garlic
  • 1 Star Anise
  • 6 Green Cardamom Pods
  • 4 Cloves
  • 1 TSP Black Pepper Corns
  • 2 TBSP Cooking Oil
  • 150 g Onion, diced
  • 1/2 TSP Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 TSP Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 TSP Chili Powder
  • 1 TSP Ground Coriander
  • 1 TSP Ground Turmeric
  • 1/2 TSP Salt
  • 2 TBSP Tomato Puree

Let’s Get Cooking

Cut the lamb into small cubes and place into a bowl. Add in the yogurt, and allow the lamb to marinate for about 8 hours, maximum 24 hours.

A couple hours before the lamb is ready to cook, blitz together garlic + ginger + a little water to make a paste. Mix half of this paste, in with the lamb and yogurt and let it marinate.

When you are almost ready to cook, prep the onions, dicing them.

In a dry pan add cardamom pods + black peppercorns + cloves + star anise. Toast the spices on med-high heat for about 3-4 minutes

Once the spices are toasted, grind them in a mortar and pestle, or a coffee grinder

Using the same pan, reduce the heat and add cooking oil. Once the oil is warm add in the ground up spice mix and let cook for about 30 seconds.

Add in the onions + ground cumin + ground cinnamon + remaining garlic/ginger paste. Cook until golden brown, about 10-15 min

Add in the lamb and yogurt marinate along with chili powder + turmeric + ground coriander + salt. Cook for about 10 minutes, moving the lamb around the pan.

10 minutes in add the tomato puree and about 75 ml of water and stir

Reduce the heat to low and allow to simmer for about 25 minutes.

Serve with basmati rice and naan!

Made with Love,

Hannah

Chicken Korma

We are celebrating occasions a little differently at the moment, but that does not mean they have to be any less delicious. Though my birthday was spent indoors, I made sure to spice it up with this Korma recipe from Jo Cooks.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Chicken Thighs, boneless + skinless
  • 1/2 Cup Tomato Paste
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 tsp Ginger (the recipe calls for fresh, but I used ginger from the container)
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 TBSP Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Coriander
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Almonds or Cashews
  • 3/4 Cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 2 TBSP Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Medium Onion, Chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream

Let’s Get Cooking

Cut the chicken thighs into small pieces

Combine Tomato Paste + Garlic + Ginger + Garam Masala + Turmeric + Paprika + Coriander + Salt + Almonds/Cashews + Yogurt to food processor and blend until smooth

If you don’t have a food processor, like me, I added all the ingredients into a blender and it still worked perfectly.

Pour the paste over the chicken and mix well, ensuring all the chicken is covered.

Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours

When it’s time is up: add olive oil + butter to a large skillet.

Add chopped onion and cook until they have browned and are soft

Add chicken to the skillet + the remaining yogurt mixture in the bowl. Cook for about 15 min or until the chicken is cooked through

Stir in heavy cream and mix well. Continue to cook for 5 more min.

Serve over Basmati Rice & ENJOY!

I love this recipe, it has so much flavor! Next time I make it, I plan on using cashews, I think that it is going to add a mix more creaminess to the mixture. Check out JO Cooks for many more amazing recipes!

Stay safe out there & don’t forget just because we are home does not mean we can’t continue to enjoy delicious meals!

Made with Love,

Hannah