Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins

This is a good recipe to make for someone just trying Indian food. This version came from Sunset March 2001. Feel free to add more jalapeno if you like it hotter, or add some cayenne pepper after tasting.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a 5- to 6-quart pan, combine onion, ginger, chili, and oil. Stir often over high heat until onion is lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in garam masala.
  2. Scrape mixture into a blender; add tomato paste and chicken broth. Whirl until very smooth.
  3. Pour mixture back into pan, add cream, and bring to a gentle boil over high heat (mixture is inclined to spatter). Reduce heat and simmer, stirring often, until reduced to 3 cups, about 5 minutes. Pour sauce into a bowl. Rinse and dry pan.
  4. Mix chicken with pepper and sprinkle lightly with salt. Set pan over high heat; add 1 tablespoon butter and the chicken. Stir until chicken is no longer pink on the surface, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the sauce and simmer over medium heat, stirring often, until chicken is no longer pink in the center (cut to test), 3 to 4 minutes. Cut remaining 3 tablespoons butter into chunks and stir into sauce until melted.
  5. Spoon chicken and sauce onto rice. Add salt to taste. Squeeze lime juice over portions. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro if desired.
Most Helpful

We absolutely love butter chicken and this is one of the easiest and most flavorful recipes that I have tried. I didn't change a thing and we enjoyed it over rice with cilantro leaves. Sooo good.

DailyInspiration April 30, 2016

I invited some friends over for dinner and I thought of Indian cooking. Found this delicious looking curry. I took the risk as this is the first time cooking this recipe and turn out to be fantastic. My guests love it vey much. One thing about the ingredient, it stated 400 ml tomato puree. I think that is a typo. Puree is very concentrate and I put in a can of chopped tomatoes. Anyway, was very very delicious!! Thank you!

Suan L. September 27, 2015

Fantastic!! I followed the recipe to a T. It is so flavorful, you barely need any salt. A keeper. Thank you breezermom.

MsPia November 13, 2013