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Butter Chicken

The best butter chicken you will ever taste, recipe with step by step instructions.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: butter chicken
Servings: 6
Calories: 400kcal
Author: Joanna Cismaru


  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp ginger paste
  • 2 lb chicken breast boneless and skinless, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tbsp coriander ground
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 1 green chili diced
  • 3 tomatoes cut into small pieces
  • 4 tbsp butter unsalted
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1/4 cup parsley chopped for garnish


  • Add half the garlic and ginger to the chicken, 1 tbsp of the coriander powder, 1/2 tbsp chili powder and salt. Mix the chicken with these spices and garlic and ginger well.
  • Heat up the oil in a large skillet to which you will add the prepared chicken. Cook the chicken for about 5 minutes then remove it from the skillet.
  • In the same skillet add the cumin seeds, the onion and remaining garlic and ginger to the skillet and saute for a couple minutes, just to cook the onion a bit. Add a couple cups of water to the skillet and stir. Add the cashew nuts, add the remaining coriander powder, remaining red chili powder, green chili, the tomatoes and stir well.
  • Let the sauce cook slowly over medium low heat for about 30 minutes. Pour the sauce in a blender and blend it until it's nice and smooth. Pour the sauce back in the skillet. Add another cup of water and the butter. Add the ketchup and the sugar and stir well. Season the sauce with salt.
  • Add the cream and the chicken to the sauce. Cook the chicken for a few more minutes, making sure it's cooked through. Add the garam masala and stir well.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley.


Half and half is a simple blend of equal parts whole milk and light cream. It averages 12% fat.
Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 532mg | Potassium: 897mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1520IU | Vitamin C: 20.9mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 2.1mg