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Easy Butter-Chicken Casserole

easy butter-chicken casserole Entree Indian
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 1 hr 10 min
  • Servings 6

This warmly spiced, but not spicy, twist on an Indian restaurant favorite is packed with flavor and has the perfect contrast of bright tomato and rich butter, for a well-balanced and not-at-all-boring chicken dinner. So, it might surprise you that all this is possible with kitchen staples and minimal effort. That’s right: You can create complex Indian flavors with some powerful aromatics—onion, garlic, ginger—and a couple of standard spices. Once you’ve got your ingredients perfectly seasoned, all that’s left is to dump the ingredients in your casserole dish and pop it in the oven! MORE+ LESS-

Updated September 13, 2019
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Ingredients

1
cup uncooked regular white rice
1 1/2
cups Progresso™ chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
1
can (14.5 oz) Muir Glen™ organic fire roasted crushed tomatoes, undrained
4
tablespoons butter, melted
6
cloves garlic, finely chopped
2
teaspoons garam masala
1
teaspoon ground ginger
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
1
package (20 oz) boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut in 1-inch pieces
1/2
cup chopped green onions
2
tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Chopped cashews and sour cream, as desired

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Spread uncooked rice evenly in baking dish.
  • 2
    In large bowl, mix broth, tomatoes, melted butter, garlic, garam masala, ginger, salt and ground red pepper; stir in chicken and onions. Pour mixture evenly over rice in baking dish; cover with foil. Bake 40 minutes; stir. Replace foil; bake 15 to 20 minutes longer or until rice is tender, chicken is no longer pink in center and mixture is heated to at least 165°F in center of casserole. Stir; top with cilantro. Serve with cashews and sour cream.

Expert Tips

  • Plain white rice works better than basmati in this recipe since it cooks through without getting mushy. Stir the casserole halfway through baking to ensure the rice isn’t over- or under-done.
  • Garam masala is a blend of ground spices commonly used in Indian cooking. In India, “masala,” is the generic word for a spice mixture (what we might call “curry” in the U.S.). The “garam” in garam masala refers to the fact that this particular masala includes spices that have a warming effect (but which aren’t hot on the palate). Typically, this blend includes: peppercorn, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, cumin and coriander. Garam masala is available in the spice section of most grocery stores.
  • Butter chicken typically features chicken in a sauce made of tomato, onion and butter or cream and flavored with garlic, ginger and chili peppers. It’s a “curry” that's famous around the world. Quick note: In the U.S., we tend to use “curry” to refer to a spice mixture and dishes featuring that spice mixture. In India, “curry” is a generic word akin to “gravy” in English.
  • Dress up (or heat up) this dish with more fresh toppings, like chopped roasted cashews or plain yogurt. If you want to turn up the spice level, add thinly sliced serrano chiles.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: About 1 1/4 Cups
Calories
330
Calories from Fat
110
% Daily Value
Total Fat
12g
19%
Saturated Fat
6g
31%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
110mg
37%
Sodium
620mg
26%
Potassium
240mg
7%
Total Carbohydrate
32g
11%
Dietary Fiber
1g
5%
Sugars
2g
Protein
23g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%
15%
Vitamin C
4%
4%
Calcium
6%
6%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 3 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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