Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

A lovely combination of spices and the chicken is beautifully tender and moist. This was a recipe from a supermaket promotion, which I have slightly adapted to my own tastes. Very rich, so we do not have it too often! Served over rice and with a fresh salad to counteract the richness. A few have commented that they were not so fond of the cinnamon in this dish, and so another spice combination that is good is to leave out the cinnamon and ginger and replace with 1 teaspoon each of nutmeg and cumin.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Saute onion and garlic in butter.
  2. Slice chicken breasts into bite sized pieces.
  3. Combine spices and salt and toss chicken pieces until well coated.
  4. Saute the chicken each side until golden brown.
  5. Stir in the cream and tomato paste.
  6. Cover pan and simmer for about 10 minutes until cooked through.
  7. Sprinkle with garam masala.
Most Helpful

I loved how quick and easy this was. I was skeptical that the chicken wouldn't be as tender as Indian restaurants, but it was fantastic. I am glad I read the note that it is CAYENNNE pepper, not "Chili". I had originally mixed the spices with Chili powder, then threw it out and remade with Cayenne Chili Pepper. All the spices were on hand as was all the other ingredients, which was nice! It was sooo good, and now, I have made a jar of this spice mix to do quickie Butter Chicken any day of the week.

Eat and be Merry April 02, 2010

If I could give this 10 stars, I would -- 5 for how easy it was to make and 5 more for how AMAZING it tastes. It's hard to find recipes that both my husband and 1-year-old will eat, and they both scraped their dishes clean! I made it just like it said, only I noticed other butter chicken recipes calling for yogurt, so I through in 1/4 cup with the cream as I had some on hand. My only regret is not having found this recipe sooner.

705024 May 21, 2009

We enjoyed the richness of this quick and easy dish! For health reasons, we substituted 3% yogurt for the fresh cream, and added a bit more tomato paste to increase the sweetness and acidity. A quick note: I've found that when Indian recipes call for chili powder it refers to cayenne, not our western-style chili powder as those spices don't grow there. Thus, I used 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne, though that could be adjusted according to taste. Thanks for sharing a lovely, versatile recipe.

Marina K February 09, 2008