Indian Butter Chicken

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"By breezermom. This recipe is so flavorful, you barely need any salt. Notes: If you can't find garam masala, use these seasonings: 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne, 1/4 teaspoon cracked dried bay leaves, and 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves. This version came from Sunset February 2001."

Original recipe yields 5-6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (572.7 g)
  • Calories 725.9
  • Total Fat - 22.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 6.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 129 mg
  • Sodium - 1707.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 77.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.8 g
  • Sugars - 2 g
  • Protein - 52 g
  • Calcium - 123.3 mg
  • Iron - 4.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 12.4 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.6 mg

Step 1

In a 5- to 6-quart pan, combine onion, ginger, chili, and oil. Stir often over high heat until onion is lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in garam masala.

Step 2

Scrape mixture into a blender; add tomato paste and chicken broth. Whirl until very smooth.

Step 3

Pour mixture back into pan, add cream, and bring to a gentle boil over high heat (mixture is inclined to spatter). Reduce heat and simmer, stirring often, until reduced to 3 cups, about 5 minutes. Pour sauce into a bowl. Rinse and dry pan.

Step 4

Mix chicken with pepper and sprinkle lightly with salt. Set pan over high heat; add 1 tablespoon butter and the chicken. Stir until chicken is no longer pink on the surface, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the sauce and simmer over medium heat, stirring often, until chicken is no longer pink in the center (cut to test), 3 to 4 minutes. Cut remaining 3 tablespoons butter into chunks and stir into sauce until melted.

Step 5

Spoon chicken and sauce onto rice. Add salt to taste. Squeeze lime juice over portions. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro if desired.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.


Wayne Peters

Our whole family LOVED this Indian Butter Chicken recipe. Just as good as in the restaurant - we will be making this regularly. Easy to do, and tastes wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

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(7 Mar 2017)


I tagged this way back and just last night I finally got to make this wonderful Indian butter chicken recipe, the only thing I would change is reduce the jalapeno pepper it was HOT! otherwise the flavors came together great, I've made a few of these different recipes, each one has a little different flavor, this one is a really good one. MsPia thank you!

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(7 Jul 2016)