Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Butter Chicken (Indian Style)

This was really really really good.  And it was very creamy, rich and filling.  I served this by itself but I bet it would be great with Cauliflower Rice made with a touch of curry powder.

Well okay....I'll admit it but I won't show the picture - I tried to make the Indian style naan bread out of oopsie roll dough by frying it in coconut oil but it was a disaster.  :( 

Please be careful going down the list of ingredients.  I accidentally put in too much garam masala (because I was going 1/2 tsp all the way down the line and oops...) and that seasoning is STRONG.   I even went to brag to my Indian co-worker about making this dish and she said 'dang we don't even use garam masala-it's too strong!'   So if you don't have any, don't feel like to you have to run out and buy some for this recipe.

TIP - tomato paste:  I hate opening a can and having so much leftover.  So, I measure it out in tablespoons and plop them on a paper plate (not touching) and put in the freezer, then when they're frozen, toss them together in a baggie and keep frozen until you need some.  No waste and tomato paste is so good in many dishes.

Butter Chicken
makes 4 servings

2 tbsp butter
1 onion, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp chili powder (use less if you don't like it too hot)
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garam masala
14 oz uncooked chicken, cut into cubes (2 large chicken breasts)
3 1/2 oz tomato paste
3/4 cup of cream
parsley, fresh or dried

Mix all of spices together, then the add spices to the chicken cubes, mix and set aside.  I did this all in a baggie and it was easy.

Melt the butter and fry the onion and garlic gently for 2 minutes. Add the spiced chicken and continue to fry gently for a further 5 minutes.

Add the tomato paste and cream and simmer gently for 5 minutes.

Sprinkle with parsley before serving to make it pretty.

Print the recipe:  Butter Chicken


  1. Joley, this was great! Even my 5 yr old said it was awesome :) I've been astray from the lifestyle change but jumping right back in it! A delicious recipe to help. Thanks.

  2. This was amazing! I doubled the spices for four chicken breasts, but left the other ingredient quantities the same. The 5'11", 135 lb. 15-year-old ate three helpings! I served with whole-grain rice for the non-P10 family. This will definitely become a regular part of our new family menu! Thanks, Joley, for all your great recipes!

  3. Very easy to make and the directions were very easy to follow!!!

    Overall the family liked this meal and they all said they would eat it again.

    I think the recipe is a bit shy on the spices though. I think it needs a bit more spice mixture. I am a bit of a novice and so I am going to increase the spice mixture by 50% next time.

    1. Please do. My family is all wimps and so I always downplay the spices a bit. Glad you liked it, this is one of my favorites.

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