Bal’s No Butter Chicken


Bal's No Butter Chicken

Chicken is the protein of choice in many households. It’s delicious and can be cooked a variety of ways. Make a healthy meal for the family by cooking up Bal’s version of no-butter chicken.

Ingredients :

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1-1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala

(recipe follows; can substitute store-bought variety)

  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup plain, low-fat yogurt
  • 1/2 cup water

Method :

  1. Put a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the oil. When it starts to get hot, add the onion, garlic and ginger, and cook for 4 minutes, or until the onion is golden.
  2. Add the tomato paste, brown sugar, cumin seeds, garam masala, red pepper flakes, turmeric and salt, and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the chicken cubes, and stir well to coat. Add the yogurt and water and cook, stirring until the chicken is done, about 8 minutes.
  4. Serve the chicken with roti or rice.


TOTAL TIME: 27 min

Prep: 7 min

Cook: 20 min

YIELD: 4 servings


Source: Chef Bal Arneson