Spice Things Up!: Indian Spice Mix

Butter Chicken:

Using Indian spice mix to spice up boring Chicken 

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Chicken can be so boring and if you’re like me you may make it the same 1 or 2 ways you know how and maybe they still come out delicious but you’re bored of the same flavors.  One of my best friends told me about a great spice mix she cooked with and loved.  I bought it immediately and wanted to try it myself.  I’m always looking for good tips on cooking, especially something easy and plus I was craving something Indian inspired 😉

The spice mix I bought was “Butter Chicken” in Mild.  It’s very simple to use and includes step-by-step instructions on the back of the spice mix packet.  Firstly, you’ll want to empty the contents of the spice mix into a bowl and mix it with water.  
Exact measurements are included with the spice mix.

 Next, I cut approximately 3-4 chicken breasts into cubes because I find it easier to cook with rather than putting the whole breasts into the pan.  When cooking with chicken and other meats always be mindful of the utensils you use and clean everything thoroughly with warm water and soap.  

I put 2 tablespoons of butter in a pan on medium-high heat and once the butter had melted I then put the cubes of chicken in it.  Evenly spread them out to ensure level cooking throughout.  Flip over the cubs of chicken while cooking.

When the chicken is towards the last minutes of cooking (I checked a piece or two by cutting it down the middle) place the spice mixture in the pan with the chicken.  You’ll want the chicken to absorb all of the spices, that’s why you should put it in while it still needs to cook for a couple of minutes.  

Honestly, I didn’t plan a side dish ahead of time but I had some quinoa in the my pantry and decided to use it as a side with the chicken, since it’s pretty much a neutral flavor.  I followed the instructions on the back of the pack of quinoa.  I started this while the chicken was still cooking because the quinoa takes about 15-20 mins.  A good replacement for quinoa would be basmati rice. (yum!)

This step was not part of the instructions on the spice mix but I thought it wouldn’t hurt.  I placed a dollop of greek yogurt in the pan to thicken the sauce.  Didn’t see a noticeable change in the thickness but it has worked in other recipes. Feel free to skip this step or give it a try 😉

And Voila! The end product! I served the chicken and quinoa with a side of plain greek yogurt and a dash of sumac (mediterranean spice) on top for color and a slight citrus flavor.  

Bon Apetit! 



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