Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Butter Chicken

Every time we get Indian takeout I always order butter chicken, no matter how good my intention on getting something different. I always just assumed that it would be difficult to reproduce the delicious, creamy flavors of an Indian restaurant butter chicken. I have now reconsidered my previous assumptions. This butter chicken is quick, easy, and ridiculously tasty!

Of course you can't have an Indian curry without a beautiful garlic naan bread, and thankfully these are really easy to make from scratch at home too!

Butter Chicken

Serves 4

650 g (23 oz) boneless, skinless chicken thighs, diced
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 Cup plain unsweetened yogurt
2 tsp paprika
1 Onion, diced
2 Tbsp canola oil
50 g (1.7 oz) butter
4 cloves garlic, finely diced
1 small red chili, diced
2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp ground cardamon
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cumin
1 Cup tomato paste
1/2 Cup chicken stock
1/2 Cup cream

1. Marinade the chicken in lemon juice, paprika, and half the yogurt for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator.

2. Heat the oil in a large fry pan over a high heat. Brown the chicken and set aside. Return the pan to the heat, reduce to medium and fry the onion, garlic, and chili in the butter for about 3 minutes. Add the garam masala, cardamon, cinnamon, and cumin and cook for 1 or 2 minutes, stirring constantly until fragrant.

3. Return the chicken to the pan, add the tomato paste and chicken stock. Simmer for about 15 minutes, until the sauce is reduced and the chicken cooked through.

4. Add the cream and the rest of the yogurt. Simmer for another 5 minutes. Season with salt to taste.

5. Serve with basmati, naan bread, and poppadoms.


  1. I love Indian food...looking forward to trying this!

  2. I have tried butter chicken in an Indian restaurant and absolutely loved it! I can't wait to try your recipe along with your Garlic Naan!

  3. Oh I can tell by the ingredients list and your photos that this is INDIAN STYLE COMFORT FOOD! Love this!

  4. Butter Chicken sounds delightful. I can't wait to try this recipe!!!

  5. wow! I'm so glad you tried some Indian food and love it! Butter chicken looks so tempting!

  6. Love this!! I <3 naan bread!! Can't wait to try this!

  7. I love Naan bread, but I've never heard of Butter Chicken. Sounds delish! Thanks for sharing and educating at #theWeekendSocial. Love to see you back Thursday 9:00 PM EST. Pinned!

  8. Definitely adding this to my to-do list. I also run a food/cooking blog. Maybe you can check it out? :) desiredcooking.com