A few weeks back the people of POMWonderful contacted me asking if I wanted to try their 100% pomegranate juice. I had never tried pomegranate juice (or pomegranates!) so I was very excited and knew I wanted to try it in a couple recipes. But then something horrible happened. I went to my fridge one day and realized that I had drank the entire box of juice! Apparently it’s just that good. So, I went to Target and bought more:
I don’t know why I had this recipe in my bookmarks because, for one, I’ve never tried butter chicken and two, it’s just a strange looking recipe with all the spices and pomegranate juice and tomatoes. It just doesn’t sound good to me. But yeah, I have been holding onto it and POM gave me the perfect opportunity to try it out.
It ended up being delicious. My husband, who I figured would end up eating pizza rolls once he saw it, loved it and said that it’s definitely a keeper. The pomegranate flavor was not super obvious but it was definitely there.
My only complaint is the chicken thighs which from what I’ve read is traditional in this dish. I don’t like them so I’d use breasts next time. No complaints at all from my husband or my toddler (yes, he ate it too!).
from Food Network
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In large saute pan, over medium heat, heat oil. Add garlic and ginger and slowly cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add chili powder, turmeric, Garam Masala and pomegranate juice. Let cool slightly. Rub chicken well with mixture and bake in a shallow baking pan for 30 minutes. Let cool slightly and shred.
- Meanwhile to make butter sauce: In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Saute onions, ginger and garlic until light brown, about 4 minutes. Add tomatoes and continue sauteing until tomatoes begin to fall apart, about 5 minutes. Add spices and continue to cook 5 minutes. Transfer to a blender and puree until smooth. Return puree back to pan and add cream and butter. Bring to a simmer and reduce for 5 minutes. Add shredded chicken, salt and pepper. Serve with basmati rice, if desired.