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Butter Chicken

Updated: Aug 8, 2020


Without doubt butter chicken is one of the nation’s favourite curries. Don’t be put off by thinking this is unhealthy. My version only contains a small amount of butter and instead of cream, I’ve added natural yogurt which gives the curry a lovely freshness. I read somewhere that the reason this dish was called “butter” was in fact referring to the chicken, which was so tender, it cut/fell apart like butter.... who knows? A great starter curry for kids as it’s mild and creamy. Who’s going to try this recipe?


Serves 4




2 cloves garlic - crushed⠀

4cm piece of ginger - grated⠀⠀

2 tablespoons natural yogurt

1 teaspoon garam masala ⠀

1 teaspoon ground turmeric⠀

2 teaspoons ground cumin⠀

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1-2 teaspoon hot chilli powder⠀

Juice 1/2 lemon


800g chicken thighs - boneless and skinless⠀

1 1/2 teaspoons unsalted butter⠀

2 onions - chopped ⠀

2 garlic cloves - peeled and finely chopped⠀

4 cardamom pods - seeds lightly crushed⠀

3-4 curry leaves

1 red chilli - finely chopped ⠀

1-2 tablespoon tomato purée ⠀

Juice 1/2 lemon

100ml Natural Yogurt ⠀

2 teaspoons honey⠀



Mix together the marinade ingredients in a large bowl. Add the chicken and coat thoroughly. Leave for at least 30 minutes or anything up to 4 hours.⠀

Sauté the onion on a low heat in the butter and some oil until soft and golden. Add the cardomom, curry leaves, garlic, chilli and cook for 2 minutes. Now add the chicken including the marinade. Turn the heat to medium high and cook for 5 minutes. Now add the rest of the yogurt, lemon juice, honey and tomato purée. Season generously, cover and simmer for 1 hour.

Serve with basmati rice or naan bread.⠀

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Such lovely feedback! I’m thrilled it was such a success. Try chicken tikka masala next


Just made this for the family, I really wasn't sure whether the kids would go for it as the love butter chicken and I always make it out of a packet (I know!). This is amazing, there are literally no leftovers. It was so much more fun to make and everyone reckoned best they've ever eaten! What to try next... so many amazing recipes to choose from. Thanks so much x


Gordon Brown
Gordon Brown

this was fantastic, another delicious recipe Mandy!

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