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Butter Chicken Chowder

Yields1 Serving

Butter chicken soup recipe

 1 onion, finely chopped
 small handful fresh cilantro (optional)
 1 Tbsp canola or other vegetable oil, plus extra for cooking
 2 Tbsp lime juice
 1 Tbsp grated ginger
 1 Tbsp paprika
 1 Tbsp chili powder
 2 garlic cloves, crushed
 1 tsp garam masala
 1 tsp salt
 pinch cayenne
 pinch nutmeg
 5 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (or 2 breasts), cut into bite-sized pieces
 salt and pepper to taste
 1/4 cup butter
 1/4 cup tomato paste
 3 cups chicken stock
 1 Tbsp packed brown sugar
 2 medium potatoes, cooked and diced
 1/2-1 cup frozen peas
 1/2 cup heavy cream or sour cream

In a food processor, make a wet masala (spice blend) by pulsing the onion, cilantro (if using), 1 Tbsp of the oil, the lime juice, ginger, paprika, chili powder, garlic, garam masala, salt, cayenne and nutmeg. Pulse until finely minced and fairly smooth.


Meanwhile, drizzle some oil into a heavy skillet, pot or Dutch oven and brown the chicken pieces on all sides, sprinkling with salt and pepper as they cook. Remove the chicken from the pot and set aside on a plate, melt the butter in the pot and add the masala. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, for another 2-3 minutes. Add the stock and the sugar, bring to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes.


Return the chicken to the pot, along with any juices that may have accumulated on the plate. Simmer uncovered for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the potatoes, peas and cream or sour cream, reduce the heat to low and cook for 5 more minutes. Serve warm, topped with extra sour cream or yogurt and cilantro, if you like. Serves 4-6.