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Harissa Butter Chicken Curry

Millie Munch
A gorgeous, warming curry that's easy to make in one pot and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • Olive oil
  • 1 large red onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2.5 inches fresh ginger finely sliced
  • 1-2 red chillies depending on your spice tolerance
  • 50 g butter
  • 3 tbsp harissa I use shop bought paste
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 8 chicken thighs can do skin or no skin, I alternate
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 300 ml chicken stock
  • 250 ml single cream
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • Fresh coriander
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 200C (for a fan oven).
  • Heat the oil in the pan over a low head and add the onion. Sweat down until soft (usually takes 3-5 minutes).
  • Add in the garlic, ginger and chilli and cook on a low heat for a further 3-5 minutes - until the garlic goes golden and before it turns brown.
  • Add in the butter, the harissa and the spices (garam masala and turmeric) and stir until it forms a thick paste. Add in the chicken and try and coat it in the sauce as much as possible (without flinging it all over the kitchen - which I do regularly).
  • Once the chicken is coated, add in the tomato puree, chicken stock and cream. Cover the pan with a lid and put in the oven for 45 minutes.
  • Once out of the oven, return to the stove over a medium heat to evaporate off some of the water (usually for the time it takes for my rice to cook - about 10 mins).
  • Add in the sugar to taste and stir. It should taste sweet and creamy. I sometimes add in black pepper here if I think it's needed. Once cooked sprinkle some chopped fresh coriander on top.
  • Serve with rice, paratha/naan and a good dollop of natural yoghurt on the side.

Notes

If you want to make the yoghurt fancy, add the juice of one lime, a handful of chopped coriander and salt to 250g of natural yoghurt.
Keyword chicken curry, curry, harissa