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A close up view of Butter Chicken - Chicken in a creamy tomato sauce, served over rice.
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5 from 3 votes

Butter Chicken

This Butter Chicken Recipe whips up quickly and easily, and will hit the spot ... no restaurant needed!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Marinating Time8 hrs
Total Time9 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Gluten-free, Indian
Servings: 6 People
Calories: 616kcal
Author: Marie Porter


  • 3 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken**
  • 2-3 tablespoon Freshly Grated Ginger Root
  • 5 Garlic cloves peeled
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 2 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1-2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 + tablespoon pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoon corinader
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 cups tomato puree
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Cut chicken into large cubes, place in a large bowl.
  • Put ginger, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and 1-2 teaspoon garam masala into a blender or food processor – process till it’s a thick paste. Pour over chicken, toss to coat, and marinate in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.
  • In a small bowl, measure out the 1 tablespoon garam masala, pepper flakes, cumin, coriander, bay leaf, and fennel seed. Set aside.
  • In a large pan, cook chopped onions in 1 tablespoon olive oil until tender and translucent. Add chicken, cook until it starts to brown slightly. Add butter, tomato puree, spices, yogurt, heavy cream and milk, stir well to form a coherent sauce. reduce heat to medium, simmer for about 20 minutes – sauce will thicken.
  • After 20 minutes, taste. Season with salt and pepper, stir well, continue to cook for another 5-10 minutes.
  • Serve over rice.


** We used a mix of chicken breast and chicken thigh meat.


Calories: 616kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 227mg | Sodium: 400mg | Potassium: 1386mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1427IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 145mg | Iron: 3mg