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Indian Butter Chicken is a classic, flavorful Indian inspired chicken dish
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Indian Butter Chicken Recipe

Delicious and flavorful Indian Butter Chicken. Rich flavor and quick prep.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Chicken, Main Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: indian butter chicken, indian butter chicken recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 693kcal
Author: Rachael


  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken thighs boneless and skinless or chicken breast (boneless and skinless) cut into pieces.
  • Salt and Pepper
  • ½ cup sour cream or plain greek style yogurt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp Garam Masala
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 Tbs ginger paste
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 Tbs Butter
  • 1 Tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 cup pureed tomatoes
  • 1 Tbs white granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream


  • Cut chicken into pieces, and season with a little salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the sour cream or plain yogurt with the lemon juice, tumeric, garam masala, chili powder, cumin, ginger paste, minced garlic, and toss with chunked up chicken.
  • Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Preferably longer.
  • Heat the vegetable oil and butter over high heat in a large fry pan.
  • Add the chicken coated in the Marinade and cook for 3-4 minutes. Flipping once.
  • Add the pureed tomato, sugar and salt. Stir to combine.
  • Turn down to low and cover with lid. Let simmer for 20 minutes if using chicken thighs, 15 minutes if using chicken breasts.
  • Add the cream, and stir well.
  • Garnish with cilantro leaves.
  • Serve over rice and enjoy!



4 servings, 1 cup each
This butter chicken recipe was slightly adapted from Recipe Tin Eats


Calories: 693kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 59g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Cholesterol: 263mg | Sodium: 767mg | Potassium: 544mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1595IU | Vitamin C: 7.4mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 1.9mg