Quick and Simple Butter Chicken

Quick and Simple Butter Chicken 1

My recent layover in Mumbai has only strengthened my desire to see India – and I hope to follow through with that on my next RTW tour. Until then I will have to settle for day dreams and spicy curries. Today’s worldly eats recipe pays homage to just that. Many people shy away from cooking Indian food thinking it is too complicated and opt for take out instead. I’m here to tell you that it is easier than you think. Not only that, curries are also cheap to make.

With that in mind, here is a quick and simple Butter Chicken recipe that is sure to change your mind about ordering in.

Quick and Simple Butter Chicken


Before you Start:

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 40 min
Serves: 6

To make things easier:

– Small food processor


Spices and other

1.5 Tablespoons Vegtable oil
1.5 teaspoons cayenne 
1.5 teaspoons garam masala
2 tablespoons of dried chili flakes (or more/less)
2 tablespoons tandoori masala
1 large can of tomato sauce (680 ml)
1.5 cup butter
3.5 cups cream
Course Salt to taste


1 med-large onion
4 garlic cloves 
cilantro for garnish (optional)


3 boneless chicken breastsCarbs

1.5 cups basmati rice or naan (flat bread)
All you need for this simple Butter Chicken dish.


1. Turn oven on to 375 C. Let it heat up while you prep other ingredients.


2. In small food processor combine onion and garlic. Chop chop. Add to large pot with half the butter. Brown on medium heat for ~12-15 min.

The butter in this simple Butter Chicken dish

3. Once onions have caramelized mix in remaining butter along with the cream, tomato sauce, cayenne pepper, and garam masala. Stir, reduce heat, and cover.


4. Cut chicken into small pieces and toss in a bowl with vegetable oil and tandoori masala. Transfer to parchment paper covered baking sheet and toss in oven for ~12 minutes.


5. Once chicken is done and to sauce. Let it stew for 5 minutes on low heat.

6. Serve with rice and/or nann and top with cilantro.

Super simple Butter Chicken

7. Enjoy that quick and simple Butter Chicken!

Note: if you want to make a healthier version of this simple butter chicken recipe try substituting milk for cream and reduce the butter!

What say you? Did you try this simple Butter Chicken recipe? Let’s hear it!

For more recipes check out my other Worldly Eats posts.

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  1. Avatarsays: Victor Scott

    I love Indian food! Not sure if I love it enough to go to India though lol. This would be a good start though.

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