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Butter Chicken by Masterchef’s Ilse Nel for RSG

Posted on July 18, 2012 by in Chicken, rsg

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Butter chicken can be very good or very bad!

Butter chicken, or what some people’s perception of it is, I have had often  in my life. I have heard so many explanations for the name butter chicken, but I can truly say I have NEVER eaten Butter Chicken quite as delicious as today’s lunch. In true Masterchef style, Ilse Nel, made a killer version of this popular Indian Curry. My only problem with the curry was
that it was not nearly enough. I could have had it again for supper, no problem! It is however, as I one can derive from the name, not a dish for the faint-hearted when it comes to calories. Butter chicken does not refer to the tenderness of the chicken, but as I suspected the dish is laden with butter, yogurt and yes…..wait for it….cream. Utterly decadent and scandalously delicious!

Butter Chicken
I think I have the coolest job in the world, not only do I work with food everyday, but every day and especially every week, strangers come into my kitchen to cook for our show on RSG on Thursdays and they always leave as friends. Amazingly, we always feel at the end of a cooking session as if we have known each other for years, let alone 1 or 2 hours. It was exactly the same when Ilse Nel (Fourie is her new surname after she got married in 2009), Masterchef contestant walked into my kitchen. First of all, she is a model, drop-dead gorgeous and me, well, let’s say not in my prime time, but the minute the aprons went on, we were on mutual ground and it was not at all intimidating or threatening, just warm and comforting, like good food and good friends should be.

Ilse impressed the Masterchef judges from the word “Go” and showed that there was much more to her than a pretty face. She took some tough challenges head on until she left the Masterchef Kitchen after de-boning that fatal leg of lamb causing her to lose the pressure test. Chef Pete-Goff Wood was right  when he said she is a very accomplished cook. I think we are still going to hear and see a lot of Ilse Nel, this girl is going places and the first place she will be going to is , with me, to the RSG studio!

Ilse’s Butter chicken

serves 4

Ingredients 1:
4-5 Chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces
1 t salt
2 t plain yogurt
2 t garam masala
2 t tandoori masala
1 t cumin powder
2 t oil

Ingredients 2:
1 large onion finely diced
2 t oil
400 ml strained tomatoes/puree
2 t minced ginger and garlic
½ to 1 t chilli powder
Salt to taste

Ingredients 3:
100 g butter
125 – 175 ml fresh single cream
250 ml chopped fresh coriander

1. Marinate chicken pieces in ‘ingredients 1’ for a few hours or overnight
2. Fry chicken in oil until just tender and cooked and set aside
3. In a clean pot use ‘ingredients 2’ by frying onion in oil until golden brown and adding the rest of the ingredients to cook until oil comes to the top
4. Add the fried chicken and juices and cook for a few minutes further
5. Stir in butter, cream and coriander (ingredients 3)

Cook’s Notes:
Serve with basmati or rotis.
Basmati when cooked add 1chopped onion fried in thick slice of butter with tbsp of cumin seeds

Please tune in to RSG tomorrow morning just after 9 when we make this delicious Butter Chicken .100-104FM or listen online at

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10 Responses to “Butter Chicken by Masterchef’s Ilse Nel for RSG”

  1. Jeff @ Cheeseburger 19 July 2012 at 9:10 am #

    I have eaten fried butter chicken but not this butter chicken curry yet. This recipe looks really delicious.

  2. Jan bekker 27 February 2013 at 11:01 am #

    Een van die lekkerste resepte ooit. Ek kan die resep regtig aanbeveel.

  3. Ester Wood 31 March 2014 at 6:13 am #

    Sound delish. Can you freeze this ?

    • nerinatimm 31 March 2014 at 7:33 am #

      Yes, you certainly can!

  4. Michelle 14 April 2014 at 10:25 am #

    Love love love this Butter Chicken recipe!

  5. Peter Marx 20 April 2014 at 2:06 pm #

    This recipe is AMAZING!!!! Made it last night and what a winner…thanks now I have a new signature dish! haha! Thanks to both of you!! x

  6. Peter Marx 23 April 2014 at 6:37 pm #

    I honestly made this recipe twice this past weekend – and had it for breakfast and supper tonight!! The plan was to freeze the second batch, but that’s not going to happen! Can highly recommend!!

  7. kam 3 October 2014 at 12:34 pm #

    Is it teaspoon or tablespoon?

  8. Lou Corbitt 22 October 2014 at 9:28 am #

    Woopdedoo! this is the most decadent recipe I have tasted.I am having a party soon and this recipe will be used to feed the friends,it is dynamic,thank you.


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