Healthier Version of Butter Chicken

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

I lived in India for three years, but always felt that the traditional butter chicken dish was too rich given all the ghee... clarified butter they use. I tried this recipe and was pleasantly surprised! Will definitely make it again! Easy and very tasty. Something you can easily surprise your guests with.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Remove chicken and set aside.
  2. Heat the remaining oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Sauté onion, garlic and ginger until soft and fragrant. Stir in the butter, lemon juice and spices. Cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add tomato sauce, cooking for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in evaporated milk and yogurt. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring often to avoid burning.
  3. Add reserved chicken to sauce and bring sauce to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes until sauce has thickened and chicken is cooked through.
  4. Serve on a bed on basmati rice and or Indian bread and garnish your chicken dish with chopped cilantro.
Most Helpful

Delicious! Even our 7 year old daughter couldn't get enough of this dish. Served it with basmati rice and fluffy pita bread for dipping. Very easy to make. Sautéed the spices with the onions, garlic, and ginger to make it more fragrant. Only regret was there were no leftovers because it was so good. Will definitely double the recipe next time.

angelcakes September 24, 2013

We love Indian food, but I sure can't make it! This is the first Indian dish I have made that I actually liked! I have never eaten butter chicken, but this dish was delicious! Will definitely make again sometime. Was not very spicy; might add more cayenne. Also good as leftovers the next night! Thanks so much for posting this recipe!

StacyMD187373 January 12, 2009

I wish I could give this 10 !!!!! stars, that's how much we enjoyed it. I served this with Spiced Basamati Rice with Peas (#35434) and Indian Spinach (#252389), plus Garlic Naan from Target. It made a wonderful meal and DH is claiming the leftovers!! Thank you for posting.

Shae Lin November 30, 2008