Chicken Makhani (Butter Chicken)

Ingredients for marinade 1

700g boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp chili powder

Salt

1 tsp (5ml) NON-CONCENTRATED* or ¼ (1.25ml) CONCENTRATED Smoked Flavours liquid smoke, any of our wood types

*Our new less concentrated formulation, ideal for home cooking.

Ingredients for marinade 2

1 cup yogurt

2 tbsp garlic paste or 6 garlic cloves

1 tbsp garam masala

1 tbsp chili powder

2 tbsp ginger paste

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp salt

3 tbsp butter (melted)

Ingredients for sauce

6 cardamom pods

2 cinnamon sticks

2-3 tbsp butter

1 ½ tbsp garam masala

1 tsp ginger paste

1 tsp garlic paste

1 green chili pepper (Chopped)

2 cans crushed tomatoes

2 tsp (10ml) NON-CONCENTRATED* Smoked Flavours liquid smoke, any wood type will work.

*Our new less concentrated formulation, ideal for home cooking.

1 tbsp tomato paste

2 tsp chili powder

½ tbsp honey or 1/2 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp fenugreek leaves(1 tsp fenugreek seed powder)

1 cup heavy cream

salt

Directions

To Marinade: Place cubed chicken in a nonporous bowl with yogurt, lemon juice, chili powder, salt and liquid smoke.                                 Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Mix in garlic, garam masala, butter, chili powder, ginger paste, lemon juice and oil. Replace cover and refrigerate to marinate for another 3 to 4 hours.

Preheat oven to 200°C

Place chicken on an oven sheet and bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes.

To Make Sauce: Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in 1 tbsp garam masala, When masala begins to puff and bubble, mix in ginger, garlic paste and green chili peppers. Saute 5 minutes, then stir in tomato puree, tomato paste, chili powder, salt, 1/2 tbsp garam masala and liquid smoke. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring in honey, fenugreek and cream.

Place chicken and pan drippings in sauce mixture. Simmer on medium-low heat for about an hour or until liquid is reduced by 1/3.

Salt to taste and garnish with fresh chopped cilantro (optional).