Butter Chicken Sandwich

A few weeks ago I entered ACE Bakery’s Canada’s Best Sandwich contest. I didn’t win (boo!) but the winning entries do look completely and utterly scrumptious! Jean Émond from Montreal submitted a North African Lamb Filet Sandwich on an ACE Ciabatta Roll, and it was judged Canada’s Best Sandwich at the big Sandwich Showdown on October 17, 2013.

I submitted two recipes, a Butter Chicken on Ace Foccacia and Grilled eggplant, brie and garlic mayo on ACE Foccacia. Here’s the butter chicken sandwich (and just a damn fine butter chicken on its own really).


2 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken thighs
pinch of salt
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Cup plain greek yogurt
1 Tbsp Ginger paste
1 Tbsp Garlic, minced
1 Tbsp Garam Masala
4 Tbsp butter

½ cup butter
½ cup ground or powdered cashews
1 large onion, pureed
4 large bay leaves
1 Tbsp ginger paste
1 Tbsp garlic, minced
598mL can crushed tomatoes
1 tsp turmeric
1 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp chili powder
1 Tbsp methi
1 Tbsp garam masala
1 cup whipping cream

Fresh cilantro
ACE Foccacia buns or naan
Salt to taste

Place chicken pieces in baking dish, and sprinkle with lemon juice and salt. Set aside.

Combine yogurt, garam masala, ginger and garlic. Add the mixture to baking dish, and mix to coat the chicken. Refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven to 350F. Place coated chicken in a foil lined casserole dish. Cover baking dish with foil. Cook in preheated oven for 45 minutes.

While chicken is cooking, melt butter in a heavy saucepan on medium heat. Add cashews and onion, cooking until golden, stirring often. Add the bay leaves, ginger and garlic and cook for one minute. Add tomatoes and cook another three minutes. Add garam masala, turmeric, chili powder and sugar. Stir to mix. Add salt to taste. Stir in cream and cook five to six minutes. Add methi and combine well. Turn heat to low and stir frequently while moving on to the next step.

After 45 minutes, heat oven to broil and place dish on top rack. Broil until chicken begins to blacken. Remove from oven and pour sauce over chicken to combine.

Remove bay leaves and serve with fresh cilantro and crispy fried onions on Ace Foccacia Triangles or folded into a yummy naan bread.

3 Comment

  1. I enjoy a good butter chicken, and sandwiches are a staple around these parts. This looks amazing, I can’t wait to try it!

  2. Sarah – you’ve outdone yourself!

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