Simple Butter Chicken

butter chicken

Although this recipe is super simple, it is amazingly delicious!!

My husband asks for it a few times a month, and if you have made authentic butter chicken, you know how time consuming it can be. This recipe is a savior, delicious, full or flavor and can be made in under one hour!

Here’s what you will need for the chicken marinade:

600 grams of Chicken cut up

1 cup of Greek yogurt

Juice from one lime

2 tablespoons of garam masala paste

1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of cumin

1 garlic clove pressed (or garlic paste)

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Mix all ingredients (other than chicken) in with the Greek yogurt.

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Add chicken. If you are planning to cook it later, you can seal it and store it in the refrigerator for up to 6 hours, of course the longer you leave it the more flavor it will have. You can also start cooking it right away, however, seal it and put it in the refrigerator while you prepare the next steps.

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Here’s what you will need for the sauce:

1 white onion-chopped finely

1 cup of tomato sauce

1/2 cup of tomato paste

1/2 cup of coconut milk (or heavy cream)

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In a frying pan, sautee the onions with butter (ghee if you have it) on medium.

Once the onions are translucent, add the chicken and marinade. Let the marinade boil down, it will turn into more of a paste after about 15 minutes.

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Mix the tomato paste in with the tomato sauce and add it to the frying pan.


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After 10 minutes, add the coconut milk (or cream) and let it simmer for about 30 minutes, or until it has reached your desired consistency.

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Serve it with this delicious naan bread or basmati rice, it is sure to be a hit in your house!

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  1. oh this is my favorite meal!!!


    1. It’s one of mine too! Thanks for reading xo


  2. Annie says:

    YUM – this looks really yummy and full of good fats & proteins! Come say hi on our blog.
    xo Annie


    1. It is packed with protein! Hope you like it, thanks for reading! Xo


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