Easy Butter Chicken

Easy Butter Chicken


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One of my master recipes and it is so good, my father thought it was store-bought.. I am asked to make this almost on a daily basis and now refuse to make it as cooking this recipe so often during pregnancy, I am now unable to stomach the smell.

hgold Wellington, New Zealand

Serves: 4 

  • 50g butter (per 250g coconut cream/milk)
  • 1 onion, chopped (either red or brown)
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1-2 tins (250g tins) coconut cream/milk (1 can serves 2-3 people, 2 cans serves 4-6 people)
  • 250ml tomato sauce (per 1 can coconut cream/milk)
  • 2-3 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons paprika (smoked or sweet)
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala (optional)
  • 1/3 teaspoon Cajun pepper (add more if you like your food spicy) (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of mixed spice, turmeric and nutmeg
  • salt, pepper (to season)
  • 1 tablespoon parsley and chives, chopped (fresh or dried)
  • 2-5 chicken breasts, cubed
  • 2 cups frozen green peas (optional)
  • 1-2 potatoes, chopped (optional)

Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:50min 

  1. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat, add chopped onion and garlic, saute for 1-2 minutes or until onion goes soft and slightly see-through. Add coconut cream/milk and tomato sauce. Stir well and bring to a boil.
  2. Turn down to low heat. Add seasonings: curry powder, paprika, garam masala (optional), cajun pepper (optional), mixed spice, turmeric, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Mix well, then add parsley and chives.
  3. Add all other ingredients: Chicken cubes (or other meat), frozen peas (optional) and chopped potatoes (optional). Mix well. Let cook for 30-45 minutes stirring twice.
  4. Serve with cooked, white rice and green salad.

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Reviews (15)


Super Easy, Super Yummy. Throw it all in the pot and walk away. Devine no matter what you add or what you leave out. - 28 Nov 2010


Beautiful! And so simple to prepare. - 30 Jun 2011


Fantastic !!!! very, very easy and so delicious, this will be a regular meal, the whole family thoroughly enjoyed it, my 11 year old son wants to make it by himself next time, a massive thumbs up - 21 Sep 2013

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