Homemade Butter Chicken

Add a heart of sriracha for a bit more heat

For a few weeks now Toby has been asking if I could make butter chicken for supper. I really don’t have a lot of experience with cooking Indian food (excluding of course a simple curry or two) and was a bit nervous to try. I really needn’t have been nervous for this meal at all, it is simple and delicious.

I looked up a few different recipes, picked through and chose the tastier sounding bits then went to town to pick up the missing ingredients. I started cooking as soon as I got home and had a tasty sauce simmering in no time. When Toby came home and exclaimed “It smells like India!” I knew I had succeed before we even tasted the dish.

This recipe is quick, simple and sooo good. It will now be a go to dish when I want to impress dinner guests.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 6 – 8 depending on who you are feeding



1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil

3 or 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts Cubed(really any sort of chicken will work but this is easiest)

3 Tbsp Tandoori

1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp Butter

One Onion (white or yellow) diced

4 Cloves of Garlic Pressed

1 Tbsp Garam Masala

2 tsp Cayenne Pepper

1 tsp Minced Ginger

1/4 c Cashews Finely Chopped (food processor works best)

1 21oz Can of Diced Tomatoes Drained and Pureed

1 Can of Coconut Milk

1/2 c Heavy Cream

Pinch of Salt

Handful of Cilantro (to garnish)

Chopped Cashews Waiting to be Toasted


1. Preheat oven to 350 C

2.  Place the chicken in a bowl and drizzle the tablespoon of vegetable oil over top. Toss to coat.

3. Sprinkle the chicken with the tandoori masala one tablespoon at a time, stirring as you go.

4. Spread the chicken out on a baking tray and bake for 15 minutes (adjust depending on size of your cubes)

5. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a frying pan over medium/low heat and stir in onions and garlic. Saute until caramelized (about 15  minutes).

The onions still have a ways to go

6. Meanwhile heat a large sauce pan on medium. Pour in the cashews and lightly toast (2 minutes)

I used an enameled cast iron dutch oven instead of a sauce pan

7. Add the remaining butter and allow to it to melt before adding the remaining ingredients.

8. Stir in the onions, garlic and chicken.


9. Partially cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

10. Serve over basmati rice, garnish with the cilantro and have naan bread on the side.


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