This quick butter chicken recipe yields a delicious chicken dish that is creamy and packed full of flavor. This simplified version of the popular Indian meal combines aromatic golden chicken pieces in a rich, delicious creamy curry sauce.

This simplified version is cooked all in one pan and pairs incredibly with a side of rice or naan!

Easy Butter Chicken

Easy Butter Chicken

Ingredients:

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

Easy Butter Chicken

Directions:

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