Indian Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken is, by far, my favorite Indian dish. I order it pretty much anytime I go to an Indian restaurant… so I’ve spent a lot of money on Butter Chicken! I wanted to make the classic dish (just as good as it’s served at the restaurants) at home to save money. The result was amazing… it’s hard to believe I made something so delicious in my very own kitchen! I pulled the recipe from, but changed a few things to make it not as fattening. Note: the cow ghee, garam masala and ginger garlic paste can be purchased at any Indian food store


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 shallot, chopped
1/4 white onion, chopped
2 tablespoons cow ghee
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 bay leaf
3/4 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup half-and-half
1 cup tomato puree
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 pinch salt
1 pinch black pepper

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 pinch cayenne pepper

Instructions from

1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Saute shallot and onion until soft and translucent. Stir in butter, lemon juice, ginger-garlic paste, 1 teaspoon garam masala, chili powder, cumin and bay leaf. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add tomato sauce, and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in half-and-half and yogurt. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Season with salt pepper. Remove from heat and set aside.
2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Cook chicken until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Reduce heat, and season with 1 teaspoon garam masala and cayenne. Stir in a the sauce, and simmer on low for about 30-40 minutes until liquid has reduced, and chicken is no longer pink. Serve with rice or naan.

I swear by this recipe. Make it and impress your friends. It’s the best dish I’ve ever made! Now hopefully I’ll get to go to India and taste some authentic butter chicken!


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