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Recipe: Butter Chicken

Hey friends,

I’m a pretty picky eater, especially when it comes to foods from other cultures or with ingredients I’m not used to eating.

I tried Indian food for the first time about five years ago, and the spices were so foreign to my taste buds that I was completely turned off.

However, my husband has been easing me into broadening my food horizons for a while now, and he got me hooked on a mild but classic dish: butter chicken.

We have this recipe for dinner almost every week, and I’ve really come to love it.

If you’re a fan of butter chicken, you should definitely check this one out; and if you’re new to Indian food, this is a great gateway dish because it’s flavorful and different but doesn’t have a super strong spicy taste to it.

Ingredients (serves 2-3 people):
1. 1 lb chicken breast, cut into cubes
2. 2 tablespoons olive oil
3. 2 tablespoons butter
4. 1 medium onion, chopped finely
5. 2 teaspoons turmeric
6. 1 teaspoon red pepper
7. 1 teaspoon paprika
8. 1 teaspoon garam masala
9. 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
10. 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
11. 1/2 teaspoon sugar
12. Salt and pepper to taste
13. 1 15-oz can of tomato sauce
14. 1/2 cup heavy cream

Step 1: Cook the chicken stove top using one tablespoon of the olive oil. It should be cooked through but not browned on the outside. Set aside the chicken once it’s done.

Step 2: Heat the butter stove top over medium heat with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Add in the onion, stirring frequently, until it turns transparent.

Step 3: Add the cooked chicken back into the mixture; add all of the spices, the sugar, and the tomato sauce

Step 4: Simmer over low heat, covered, for about 15 minutes. This will help ensure the chicken is cooked all the way through.

Step 5: Add the heavy cream while stirring, and simmer for an additional 10 minutes uncovered. The sauce should start to thicken.

Step 6: Plate over rice (I prefer basmati) and enjoy

What are some of your favorite Indian food recipes?

Comment below with the one you think I should try next time I’m feeling adventurous.

And definitely let me know if you make this butter chicken.

Hope you enjoy! See you tomorrow ❤ 🙂

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Recipe: Game Day Guac

Not sure what to bring to this year’s Super Bowl celebration? Fresh guacamole is always a crowd pleaser!

It’s easy to make, doesn’t require an oven, and is fairly inexpensive. I make it for my parents’ Super Bowl party every year and it is always a crowd favorite.

It all started with a basic guacamole recipe I found online years ago. I made a few tweaks and improvements along the way, and it evolved into my own unique recipe.

This dip is perfect for game day, but it’s also great at any holiday party, home gathering, or for adding a fresh touch to taco night.

Before we get started, here are a few useful tips:

  1. To save time, complete Step 1 the night before and leave in the fridge, covered, overnight. Since avocados turn brown so quickly, I like to complete Steps 2 and 3 as late as possible (for this weekend I’ll bring the avocados to my parents’ house and just mash them there) to keep the guac as fresh as possible.
  2. If you are completing all steps in advance, smooth out the stop of the guacamole and add a thin layer of water. The water serves as a barrier to oxygen and will prevent browning for a few hours. When it’s time to serve, pour out the water and re-stir your guac.
  3. Feel free to add in 2 teaspoons of freshly-chopped cilantro along with your salt and pepper. I personally don’t like cilantro, so I don’t include it in my recipe, but you can certainly add it here if you wish to do so!

Okay, now let’s get to the recipe.

Ingredients:

(Serves 2-3 people; double or triple the recipe as needed)

  • 3 fresh avocados
  • 2 plum tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1/2 white onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 lime (juiced)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (optional, depending on how spicy you like it)

Step 1: Chop and Combine

Chop up the tomatoes. onion, and garlic, and combine in a bowl or Tupperware container.

Cut the lime in half and squeeze the juice from each size into the bowl (watch out for the seeds!).

Stir together and set the wet mixture aside.

Step 2: Mash

In a separate bowl, add the avocados (I typically cut them in half, cutting around the seed in the middle, pull out the seed, and then use a spoon to scoop the meat out of the skin. Scrape the sides to make sure you don’t leave any of the green goodness behind!

For larger serving sizes, add 2-3 avocados, mash them, and then repeat. Otherwise, it gets a little tough mashing up so many avocados at once. I like to use a potato masher, but the back of a large spoon or fork will also work just fine.

Step 3: Mix it All Up

Once the avocados are mashed to a consistency you like, gradually stir in the wet mixture.

Stir in the salt, pepper, and cayenne.

That’s it! You’re ready to dig in with some chips of your choice.

Drop a comment below to let me know if you try this recipe, or to share some of your other favorite football-watching snacks!