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Easy Butter Chicken

Easy Butter Chicken Recipe

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 Easy Butter Chicken is made with the simplest ingredients, and I can have dinner on the table within 15 minutes. Bite-sized pieces of chicken are perfectly cooked in a creamy sauce, seasoned with just a few carefully chosen aromatic spices to create delicious and intense flavour. Serve with steamed rice, a dollop of yoghurt, and a few fresh ingredients such as cucumber and coriander for a fast and easy dinner.

Can you make Easy Butter Chicken ahead of time?

Butter Chicken can be cooked and refrigerated for up to 3 days. It can also be frozen 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.

Is Easy Butter Chicken suitable for leftovers?

Yes, refrigerate Easy Butter Chicken for up to 3 days. You can also freeze it for up to 2 months.

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Easy Butter Chicken Recipe

Easy Butter Chicken

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


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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 500 g chicken thigh fillets, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup pure cream (or thickened/heavy cream)

To serve

  • 2 tbsp yoghurt
  • Coriander/cilantro sprigs
  • 1 cucumber, finely sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, finely sliced
  • 1 fresh chilli (optional)
  • 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 more.
  5. Serve with plain yoghurt, cilantro, cucumber, red onion and chilli, if using, with steamed basmati rice topped with fried shallots if you like.



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. 


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, indian
  • Method: pan
  • Cuisine: Indian

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

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  1. So much better than packet versions, and so simple and easy to make.
    I served mine with some frozen mixed steamed veg and some ready-to-eat pappadams and couldn’t be happier with the result with the amount of time and effort put in. Tasted even better heated up the next day!

  2. Tried this tonight with my ‘violently opposed to anything new’ smalls (5, 3 & 1.5)…and they loved it!! Served with cucumber, julienned carrot and homemade naan. Delicious!
    Going into the rotation for sure!

  3. Love it, so does the family.

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

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

  6. 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!

  7. So good! Another family fave!

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

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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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!

    • 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

  13. 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

    • 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

  14. 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.

    • 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

  15. 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.

    • 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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