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Lazy Man's Butter Chicken

If you've ever looked at a recipe for Butter Chicken, all the herbs and spices to blend turn you off working from scratch right away. But do it the lazy man's way. Buy a Butter Chicken cooking sauce and all the hard work is already done for you!

(Serves 2)

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or butter
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • Garlic salt
  • Pepper
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Chili powder
  • Ground ginger powder
  • 1 bottle Butter Chicken cooking sauce (about 350 ml)
  • ½ cup frozen peas (thawed)

(Preparation: 10 Minutes. Cooking: 45 minutes)
  1. In a large skillet (with lid) heat the oil or butter.
  2. Cut chicken thighs into pieces (about 3 or 4 pieces per thigh).
  3. Add chicken and onions to skillet and saute until onion is soft.
  4. Sprinkle the onion and chicken with garlic salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, chili powder, and ginger powder as you saute.
  5. When onion is soft and chicken pieces lighly sealed, pour about half the bottle of cooking sauce over all. (You can keep the rest of the sauce for another dish - it's great for a quick shrimp curry.).
  6. Stir well, cover, and reduce heat to simmer.
  7. Cook about 45 minutes until chicken is very tender.
  8. In the last 20 minutes, stir in the uncooked, thawed frozen peas.
  9. Serve over rice, garnished with cashew nuts, radish slices, cucumber slices, banana slices, or parsley - or all of them; or with Naan bread and a green salad.

You can adjust the heat of this to suit your tastes by adding more or less cayenne and chil powder when starting.

Contributed by Ted