Living The Sweet Life: Indian Chicken Balti

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Indian Chicken Balti

This Indian chicken dish is one of our very favourites. We really love Butter Chicken as well but it's laced with cream, so this is a tasty healthy alternative. My Spencer said it's better than the Balti Chicken we get at our favourite Indian restaurant. At the restaurant I fantasize about getting my own bucket full of Balti and a big plate of white rice and not having to share it.

Chicken Balti

Try it, I know you'll love it.


2 tbsp olive oil
1 chopped onion
1/4 + 1/8 tsp mustard seeds
2 cans (14 oz) chunky tomatoes, diced tomatoes or even crushed tomatoes - I've used them all.
1 1/2 tsp coriander
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 + 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 + 1/8 tsp garam masala
1/4 + 1/8 tsp turmeric
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
4 boneless chicken breasts, cubed (about 2 lbs)
1/4 cup of water as needed


1. Heat oil over medium heat.
2. Add onion and mustard seeds, cook until the onion begins to soften.
3. Add garlic and cook stirring about 1 minute.
4. Add the chicken and begin to brown.
5. Add the cans of tomatoes and the sauce.
6. Add all of the spices.

7. Add water if needed, it should not cover the chicken. The idea is to cook the sauce down to the consistency of spaghetti sauce.

8. Cook down about 15 minutes, until the chicken is fully cooked yet tender and you have the spaghetti sauce consistency.
9. Server over rice.

The taste heat on this dish is about a "medium". A tip would be to buy your Indian spices in small amounts so that they're always fresh. I found some information on Indian Spices that you might find helpful. They convert the Indian name to the English name making them easier to identify.

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