Creamy Indian Butter Chicken Recipe

September 4, 2015 - 2 min read

Are you a fan of Indian cuisine? Impress your dinner guests with this easy-to-follow creamy butter chicken recipe! We promise everyone will love this dish.

Creamy Indian Butter Chicken Recipe

Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 30 mins
Serves: 4


  • 2 tablespoons of peanut oil
  • 3 finely chopped shallots
  • 1/2 onion (chopped)
  • 40g butter
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 crushed and chopped garlic clove
  • 1 small piece of finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons of garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon of chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 tablespoons of natural yoghurt
  • 1 cup of cream
  • 1 cup of tomato puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 500g of chicken breast, cut in small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon of cornflour
  • 3 tablespoons of water


  1. Start by heating half of the oil in a saucepan at medium-high heat, before adding shallots and onions—cook until soft
  2. Add the butter, lemon juice, garlic, ginger, chilli powder, cumin and bay leaf to the saucepan and stir for 1 minute
  3. Add tomato puree and keep stirring for 2 more minutes
  4. Add the cream and yoghurt, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 10 minutes—stirring continuously
  5. Grab another separate large frying pan and heat the rest of the oil over a medium heat.
  6. Cook the chicken in this frying pan for about 10 minutes (or until lightly brown)
  7. Reduce the heat and season with cayenne pepper and garam masala
  8. Stir in a few spoonfuls of sauce, and simmer until liquid has reduced, and chicken is no longer pink, then spoon the cooked chicken into the sauce.
  9. Mix together the cornflour and water then stir into the sauce
  10. Add remaining ingredients and cook for 10 more minutes (or until sauce thickens)
​Serving suggestion: ​Place your finished creamy Indian butter chicken on a bed of jasmine rice, topped with parsley and a side of naan bread

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