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Butter chicken on a white plate with rice garnished with parsley and cashews

Butter Chicken

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 641kcal
Author: Kathleen
Butter Chicken is a delicious home cooked comfort meal. With its mild spices and creamy, buttery base, this Butter Chicken ought to satisfy even the pickiest eaters. 



  • 1 tablespoon Peanut Oil
  • 1 Shallot Finely Chopped
  • 1 cup White Onion Finely Chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 3 teaspoons Garam Masala
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Corriander
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 cup Tomato Puree
  • 1 ¼ cup Heavy Cream
  • ¼ cup Plain Yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons Cashews finely ground
  • ½ teaspoon Salt


  • 2 pounds Chicken Thighs Boneless, Skinless, Cut Into Bite Size Pieces
  • 1 tablespoon Peanut Oil


For Sauce:

  • In a large skillet, heat peanut oil over medium-high heat just until the oil is shimmering. Saute onions and shallots until tender. 
  • To the skillet, add, butter, lemon juice, garam masala, ginger garlic paste, chili powder, cumin, coriander, and bay leaf. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. 
  • Add tomato sauce to the skillet. Continue to cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes. Then, pour heavy cream, yogurt, and ground cashews. Reduce heat to low, stir frequently and cook for 10 minutes. Season with salt. Turn off the heat and set aside. 

For Chicken:

  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add chicken, in batches so as to not crowd the pan, and brown over medium heat on both sides, about 10 minutes. Mix in the sauce and simmer until the sauce is reduced, making sure that the chicken is completely cooked.
  • Pour the sauce over the browned chicken and simmer gently (adding more heavy cream or water as needed if sauce gets too thick) until the sauce is thick and the chicken is completely cooked about 10 minutes


Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.


Calories: 641kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 54g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 227mg | Sodium: 388mg | Potassium: 641mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1295IU | Vitamin C: 9.2mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 2.4mg