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99% would make again

Easy Butter Chicken

This simplified version of the Indian classic combines chicken, tomato sauce, and a slew of aromatic spices all in one pot to make a flavorful dinner that’s just as good as the version you’ll get at restaurants — only way easier to make. Serve it over rice with a bit of cilantro to balance the heat and dinner is done.

Total Time

50 minutes

50 min

Prep Time

10 minutes

10 min

Cook Time

25 minutes

25 min

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Total Time

50 minutes

50 min

Prep Time

10 minutes

10 min

Cook Time

25 minutes

25 min

Ingredients

for 4 servings

  • 2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast (910 g), cubed
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder, divided
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 ½ cups yellow onion (225 g), diced
  • 3 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, grated
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cinnamon, 3 inch (8 cm) stick
  • 14 oz tomato sauce (395 g)
  • 1 cup water (240 mL)
  • 1 cup heavy cream (240 mL)
  • rice, for serving
  • fresh cilantro, chopped for garnish

Nutrition Info

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    Calories 799
    Fat 52g
    Carbs 15g
    Fiber 3g
    Sugar 8g
    Protein 74g

Estimated values based on one serving size.

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Preparation

  1. In a large bowl, season the chicken breast with salt, pepper, 1 teaspoon of chili powder, and the teaspoon of turmeric. Let sit for 15 minutes to marinate.
  2. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large pot over medium heat. Brown the chicken, then remove from the pot.
  3. Melt another 2 tablespoons of butter in the pot, then add the onion, garam masala, remaining teaspoon of chili powder, the cumin, ginger, garlic, cayenne, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Cook until fragrant.
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  5. Add the tomato sauce and bring to a simmer.
  6. Add the water and cream and return to a simmer.
  7. Return the chicken to the pot, cover, and simmer for another 10-15 minutes.
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  9. Stir in the last 2 tablespoons of butter and season with more salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Serve the chicken over rice and garnish with cilantro.
  11. Enjoy!
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