Easy Butter Chicken

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Butter Chicken

Easy Butter Chicken

Many of the butter chicken recipes I have come across are pretty complex. They require multiple ingredients and long marinating times; some even require ingredients to be blitzed in a food processor. This one is made with the simplest ingredients, and I can have dinner on the table within 15 minutes. The flavour is so intense and delicious. Bite-sized pieces of perfectly cooked chicken in a creamy butter chicken sauce is the perfect recipe for a fast and easy dinner.

  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x


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To serve (pictured):

  • 2 tbsp yoghurt
  • 1 fresh chilli (optional)
  • Coriander sprigs
  • 1 cucumber, finely sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, finely sliced
  • Steamed basmati rice, topped with fried shallots (optional)


  1. Heat olive oil and butter in a large skillet on medium heat.
  2. Add onions, garlic and ginger. Cook, stirring for 1 minute until fragrant.
  3. Add chicken, garam masala, cumin, yellow mustard seeds, turmeric, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring for 3-4 minutes until the chicken is slightly browned.
  4. Add tomato paste and cream, and stir to combine. Cook for 8 minutes and serve.


MAKE AHEAD AND LEFTOVERS – Cook and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating. Freezing may change the texture and cause the cream to separate, but the flavour will still be amazing. 


  • Author: Nicole
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Category: chicken
  • Method: pan
  • Cuisine: Indian

Keywords: Easy Butter Chicken, Easy Butter Chicken recipe, Butter Chicken

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  1. Kym

    My daughter and I made this tonight. Absolutely delicious. Made it with fresh Naan bread.

  2. Deahne

    So easy to make and has become a meal that we will have regularly. My husband and 3yr old son LOVE it!!

  3. Nadia

    Absolutely delicious! I’ve made this a few times and everyone in the family loves it! For my large family I double the recipe – during winter I’ve started popping it in the slow cooker – whole chicken breasts for 4 hours on low – perfection!

  4. Bridget

    So good! Another family fave!

  5. Hayley

    This was absolutely delish and was super easy to make! Will be a regular in our household

  6. Vanessa

    Best Butter chicken I’ve made. My family said it tasted better than the restaurant. Yay! Win/win 👍🏽❤️

  7. Kirsten

    This was really good!! Thank you
    Hubby said “One of your best babe!”
    I also threw in some frozen beans & red capsicum
    Great depth of flavours definitely won’t be using the packets anymore.
    Love your page x

  8. Bonnie

    So crazy that this is so yummy with how easy it is! Iv been making butter chicken for years with a million different ingredients and what feels like 200 steps, to then make this which is equally as delicious and so simple with minimal ingredients. On regular repeat here

  9. Bianca

    Incredible! Full of flavour and so so easy! my husband thought it was just as good if not better than you get at a restaurant!

    • Nicole

      I have the same thoughts but am thrilled you feel the same way too! Thank you SO much for taking the time to write, means so much to me! x

  10. Angela

    This was amazing and even better the next day. Very tasty recipe and the great thing was I had majority of the ingredients in the pantry. We also added broccoli to it as that needed to be used up

    • Nicole

      Love the addition of broccoli making it a one pot meal! Thank you so much, so glad you love it as much as we do! x

  11. Lauren

    This is one of our favourite meals! It is so easy and delicious. I just add whatever veg I have (capsicum, carrot, spinach, green beans) and some natural yogurt to serve. So much yummier than a take away curry or jar sauce.

    • Nicole

      Isn’t it so crazy that a few simple ingredients can taste so good! 🙌🏻 Love the addition of veg – Thank you so much for taking the time to write, means more to me than I can tell you! x

  12. Olivia

    I think I have made butter chicken using every possible supermarket recipe base and also some “from scratch” time consuming recipes. Never with any success.
    This recipe though! OMG!!!! Next level. So so easy, absolutely delicious. I’ve made it numerous times now and it never disappoints.

    • Nicole

      Ahhh! This makes me so happy to read! I feel exactly the same way about this recipe. So glad you enjoy it as much as we do! 😍

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