Butter Chicken

Butter chicken is full of flavor.  The creamy sauce is a combination of pepper, cloves, cinnamon, cumin and cardamon.
Course Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword butter chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 285kcal
Author Leigh Anne Wilkes


  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 Tbsp minced ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp chili powder if extra heat is desired
  • 1 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 2 C chicken broth
  • 1/2 C half and half
  • 3 chicken breast boneless, skinless, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 C butter
  • lime
  • cilantro chopped


  • In a large pan saute onion, ginger and jalapeno pepper in oil.
  • Stir until onion is lightly browned about 5 minutes. Add in garlic, garam masala and chili powder (if desired). Saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Put mixture into blender. Add in tomato paste and chicken broth and pulse until smooth.
  • Put mixture back in pan and add in half and half. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  • In another pan heat 1 Tbsp butter over high heat and add in chicken that has been salted and peppered.
  • Cook until chicken is no longer pink.
  • Add in sauce and stir. Cook for 3-4 more minutes.
  • Add in 3 Tbsp butter and stir until melted.
  • Serve over rice. Squeeze lime juice over mixture and garnish with chopped cilantro.


Calories: 285kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 1150mg | Potassium: 864mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1005IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1.6mg