In an attempt to codify butter chicken “in its purest form,” Sam Sifton, Food Editor of The York Time’s, defined the dish as “yogurt-and-spice-marinated chicken dressed in a velvety red bath comprising butter, onions, ginger and tomatoes scented with garam masala, cumin and turmeric, with a cinnamon tang.” And though he nails the definition in its purest form, he never touches on how this amalgamation of ingredients make for exceptional flavor when served in its not so purest, or rather nontraditional form: as a sub-ingredient for many American comfort foods. Here, we’ve attempted to do just that in showcasing butter chicken in all its grandeur, paired, not with its usual cohorts of naan or rice, but as a stuffing, topping, and filling for American carbs. These recipes also serve up inspiration for what to do with leftovers of butter chicken.
1. Butter Chicken Sliders
Slow-cooked shredded butter chicken between a slider bun is obviously delicious, but also relatively easy to cook with this process. Get the recipe here.
2. Butter Chicken Pizza
Butter chicken teams up with mozzarella on top of pizza dough jazzed up to taste like naan. Brilliant! Get the recipe here.
3. Butter Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken pot pie is always a star in the pantheon of American comfort foods and with this Indian makeover we’re pretty sure it’ll soon make the cut as THE Indian-American comfort food favorite. Get the recipe here.
4. Butter Chicken Dip
Chips and dip are a no-brainer when it comes to foods to put out for guests or for your own noshing. But butter chicken dresses up the notion of a dip and makes this a welcomed deviation from samosa and ilk that are usually served as appetizers. Get the recipe here.
5. Butter Chicken Tacos
Taco Tuesday just got a desi reboot! Loads of tasty butter chicken topped with a cucmber-red onion salsa makes for a creative fusion spin on an American favorite. Get the recipe here.
6. Butter Chicken Lasagna
Pasta and butter chicken make for a natural pair. It’s not your conventional lasagna but that doesn’t preclude it from being tasty! Get the recipe here.
7. Butter Chicken Mac and Cheese
Again we have butter chicken and pasta but this time in form of a skillet mac and cheese. If this dish doesn’t give you comfort, honestly, we don’t know what will! Get the recipe here.
8. Butter Chicken Monkey Bread
Our very own Sketchy Desi put her spin on butter chicken by using it as a stuffing for, get this, naan balls with a butter chicken dipping sauce! Get the recipe here.
Now that you know how to use butter chicken as a sub-ingredient, it’s time to move on to desserts. Read 5 Ways the Internet is Using Gulab Jamun as a Sub-Ingredient.
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