Butter Chicken

We love Indian cuisine especially curry dishes and the like. To start out the New Year (literally January 1st) Josh and I got sick with the flu for a week and were stuck at home. During that time, we would be binge-watching on Netflix TV series, movies (old and new) and watching YouTube videos. We came across butter chicken several times, which made us start to crave it. Now that I am feeling my normal self again, I decided to go and buy ingredients for Butter Chicken. It was perfect for the winter weather we are still having here in the Pacific Northwest. What I love to about this recipe is that it only uses one pot. Butter chicken is a favorite Indian dish among many and is very easy to make.


Prep & Cook Time: 1 Hour

Servings: 4



  • 2 lbs chicken breast tenders, cut to bite-size

  • 2 Tbsp ginger paste

  • 2 Tbsp garlic paste

  • 2 Tbsp red chili powder

  • 2 tsp pink Himalayan salt

  • 1 Tbsp Oil to fry (I used garlic oil)



  1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine chicken, ginger paste, garlic paste, red chili powder and salt. Marinate for 15 minutes.

  2. Heat oil in a medium pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken to pan and cook through about 7-10 minutes. Place cooked chicken on a plate and set aside. 

  3. In the same pan, onion, oil & a Tbsp of butter. When the onion is cooked, add tomatoes and cashew nuts. Cook for about 30 seconds.

  4. Mix in water, garlic paste, malt vinegar, sugar, garam masala powder, kashmiri chili powder and salt. Bring to boil and then let it simmer for 20 minutes.

  5. Transfer mixture into a blender (or you may use an immersion blender and a medium sized mixing bowl) and churn it until it’s a puree.

  6. Strain the puree in the same pan to create the velvety sauce.

  7. Mix in butter, cream, chicken and kasoori methi. Let it simmer for 7-8 minutes. 

  8. Garnish with cream and kasoori methi.

  9. Serve with rice and/or naan (preferably garlic naan)

29 thoughts on “Butter Chicken”

  1. Ohhh god!!! This looks so yummy and I could eat it right now. Hubby and I are indian and a huge fan of Butter chicken with Tandoori naan.

  2. I’ve never heard of butter chicken before, but I don’t eat Indian Cuisine often. Those photos look delicious! Although looking at the ingredients list, I don’t know what quite a few of those even are! I’ll have to do some research.

    1. Amazon has the Indian flavors/ingredients. A few of the ingredients are linked to their Amazon page. Hope that helps out.

  3. Now you’re making me crave for butter chicken! It’s perfect for the kind of chilly weather we’re having. I like how your recipe doesn’t require a boatload of cream.

    1. Just a bit of cream for that sense of freshness goes a long way. Can’t wait for you to try this out to satisfy your cravings.

  4. Oh I haven’t made butter chicken in ages!! It’s always a treat when we get it! Glad your both feeling better, being sick sucks!

  5. This looks super yummy in the finally picture. Unfortunately I can’t have malt ginger or cashnuts but I will be passing this recipe on to my mum

  6. I have never had butter chicken but your recipe is simple and it looks delicious. I can’t find ginger paste but I will definitely try it. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  7. I have never heard of butter chicken, but this looks yummy. My Husband will enjoy this i’m sure. Will be adding this to my next meal menu for our house.

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