butter chicken

25 Mar

i want to share this DELICIOUS butter chicken recipe that will please your palate in less than half an hour (it is so so easy)! my husband and i gave this a 4.5/5 (which is one of the highest ratings we’ve given a dish). the only thing we will change next time: swapping half a cup of the water for coconut milk. the following recipe includes the swap.


  • 3 tablespoons safflower oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon chopped ginger
  • 1 1/2  cup chopped red onion
  • 1 1/2  tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp chili pepper flakes
  • 1 heaping tablespoon garam masala (available at superstore in the ethnic aisle)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (or sucanant)
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup water (or 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup coconut milk)


  1. add oil to a skillet on medium high heat. once warm (about 30 seconds) add the ginger and onion and cook until onion is soft and fragrant.
  2. turn the heat down to low. add the tomato paste, spices and salt and pepper and cook for 2 minutes. add the chicken and stir well to coat it and cook for 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. finally, add the brown sugar, yogurt and water (or water/coconut milk), turn heat up to high and cook for 7 to 10 more minutes, until chicken breast is cooked through. keep a close eye during these ten minutes as the liquid can disappear quickly leaving you with little sauce!
  4. serve on warm pita, naan, or warm brown rice! enjoy!

i hope you try this dish! it is so so good!

(adapted from the spice goddess no-butter chicken recipe found here. butter chicken photo is also from this page.)


4 Responses to “butter chicken”

  1. Jared Robinson 03'25'11 at 8'54'PM #

    Yeah babe – this is one of the many reasons i am one lucky man!

    everyone else – do it, rock this recipe and be pleased as punch. and speaking of which, maybe make a glass of punch to compliment this fine entree.

  2. Recipe Chefs 03'25'11 at 9'31'PM #

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  3. Denise 03'25'11 at 9'46'PM #

    Butter Chicken is one of my favourite dishes – but I’ve never found a recipe I love, so I’m really excited to try this! I’ll let you know how it turns out :)

    • brasstacksoncanvass 03'25'11 at 9'49'PM #

      I haven’t tried it with the coconut milk yet but i know it will be superb with this substitute! The spices are incredibly delicious! And it makes great leftovers! I am stoked to hear what you think!

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