Easy Butter Chicken Curry

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Easy Butter Chicken Curry

It’s been a little longer than usual since the last recipe post as up until last weekend  I had been enjoying lovely holidays with hubby and the kiddos. Two weeks away in our campervan driving through scorching hot Europe, camping in Polish Lake District (Mazury) and visiting family was pretty intense and there was definitely no time for blogging πŸ˜‰ . I made this delicious Easy Butter Chicken Curry before we set off on our adventure but as pre-holiday time was pretty full-on it has never left the draft folder, until now!

I do love a good curry but we tend to have take away only once in a blue moon as it’s (let’s face it) not cheap! Instead, I really enjoy getting in the kitchen and making my own at a fraction of the cost but definitely not less delicious. Try my Jamie Oliver’s Inspired Chicken Tikka Masala which also proves that good curry can be easily prepared at home.

Easy Butter Chicken Curry

Recently, I started using chicken thighs in my curries instead of breast as they are so much more forgiving and much more difficult to overcook. I kept my Easy Butter Chicken Curry family friendly hence the amount of chilli powder is rather on the modest side to suit my kids but, by no means, feel free to adjust it per your liking. This curry  both reheats and freezes beautifully so you can make bigger batch for next time if you fancy.

We like to eat our curry with generous amount of my Easy Indian Spiced Basmati Rice and my delicious Easy Naan Bread Without Yeast !


5 from 7 votes
Easy Butter Chicken Curry
Easy Butter Chicken Curry
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Quick, easy, fragrant, delicious this curry ticks all the boxes. Who needs a take away?

Course: Curry, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: butter chicken, curry
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 608 kcal
Author: Jo Allison
  • 500-750 g skinless & boneless chicken thighs cut into chunks
  • 30 g ghee (clarified butter) or unsalted butter
  • 1 onion peeled
  • 3-4 garlic cloves peeled
  • 1 thumb size piece of fresh ginger peeled
  • 0.5 tsp sugar
  • 0.25-0.5 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 500g carton passata
  • 1 Tbsp Garam Masala
  • 1 heaped tsp ground cumin
  • 1 heaped tsp ground coriander
  • 150 ml fresh double cream
  • 1 lime
  • 0.5 small bunch fresh coriander
  1. Put chicken thighs cut into chunks into a bowl and sprinkle with lime juice squeezed out of half a lime. Season with salt and pepper and set aside while you get on with your curry.

  2. Put your onion, garlic cloves, ginger, sugar and chilli powder in the food processor/blender and whizz together until you have almost paste like consistency. You can also chop the onion really finely and grate garlic and ginger using very fine grater if you don't have a food processor. 

  3. Heat up half the butter (ghee) in a heavy, cast iron type pan with the lid and add your chicken pieces. Fry them for approx. 5 min until browned (you might want to do it in batches). Take chicken pieces out onto a plate using a slotted spoon.

  4. Melt another half of butter and add your onion mixture. Let it fry for a couple of minutes at which point you add your passata followed by remaining spices (garam masala, cumin and ground coriander) and couple of glugs of water.  Give it a good stir and let it come back to simmer. 

  5. Add chicken pieces, stir well, cover the pan with the lid and simmer for 10 min. Make sure you check on it and give it a stir/add a bit of water if sauce is getting too thick. 

  6. Turn off the heat, adjust the seasoning (salt, pepper) and slowly mix in double cream, mixing at all times as you're adding it. Add the juice of another half a lime, garnish with freshly chopped coriander and enjoy with rice and some naan bread!

Recipe Notes
  • Calories per portion of curry (no rice or bread included)
  • Feel free to adjust the amount of chilli powder to your liking. The amount suggested in this recipe is to suit family with kids.Β 


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  • Reply Midge @ Peachicks' Bakery

    YUM! We love a curry in this house and this sounds delicious! This would be easy to make Peachick safe – saved for later! Thanks for sharing with #CookBlogShare
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    August 17, 2018 at 10:59 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Aw thanks Midge! πŸ™‚ We do love curries too and even the kids started to enjoy a bit more spice in them of late although I did keep this particular recipe pretty mild. I’m glad to hear that this one would be easy to adapt for the Peachicks πŸ™‚ x

      August 17, 2018 at 2:10 pm
  • Reply Delia@ www.delia-in-a-nutshell.com

    I’ve discovered Indian food not too long ago and it kind of took a while until I learned to love it.But now I’m definitely a big fan and I would have naan, curry and rice at least a couple days a week if I could. I don’t cook it that much at home because it always seemed to me like it takes too long but your recipe breaks it down nicely . Thank you for the inspiration!

    August 17, 2018 at 7:41 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks so much for stopping by Delia and I’m really pleased this recipe caught your eye. It really is a nice and easy curry, quick enough to make mid week or as a weekend feast with homemade spiced rice and naan bread.

      August 17, 2018 at 9:07 pm
  • Reply Jhuls | The Not So Creative Cook

    I have just enjoyed my take away butter chciken, but this sounds more tasty! I haven’t tried making my own and this looks like a good recipe to follow. I love that you used chicken thighs! Yum! Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday party, Jo! Have a lovely weekend!

    August 18, 2018 at 3:41 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks so much Jhuls! πŸ™‚ With recipe as easy as this one there is no excuse lol. I’m complete convert to chicken thighs rather than breast in stews and curries now, so much more forgiving and tastier too. Thanks for co-hosting! πŸ™‚

      August 22, 2018 at 7:14 pm
  • Reply Corina Blum

    This looks super tasty Jo and definitely a great alternative to a takeaway! We have a curry at least once a week but I haven’t made butter chicken for ages – I’ll have to make it again as the kids love curries too! Thanks for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice x

    August 18, 2018 at 6:46 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Corina! πŸ™‚ We have it much more often now I’ve started making my homemade versions and it’s definitely “all plates clean” type of dinner which is always welcome πŸ™‚ x

      August 22, 2018 at 7:22 pm
  • Reply Of Goats and Greens

    Thanks! The closest Indian take out is a bit further away than I would want to drive — so having Indian recipes I can cook at home are worthwhile for me to collect. This one looks really tasty! Thanks for sharing over at Fiesta Friday!

    August 19, 2018 at 1:51 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Diann πŸ™‚ We all like it as our take out alternative as cooking my own means that we can have it more often as it doesn’t cost the Earth. Thanks for co-hosting this week! πŸ™‚

      August 22, 2018 at 7:29 pm
  • Reply Balvinder

    This looks divine, Jo! You reminded me to make it this weekend.
    P.S Did you make the naan, too?
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    August 21, 2018 at 10:12 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you so much πŸ™‚ Yes, homemade naan bread as well and recipe will be on the blog very soon! πŸ™‚

      August 22, 2018 at 7:31 pm
  • Reply Tyler Heal

    Thanks Jo! This was an awesome recipe and very easy to follow. I switched out the thighs for breasts though (just my preference) and loved it. Looking forward to the homemade naan bread, I haven’t attempted bread before, what could go wrong!

    August 23, 2018 at 5:30 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Tyler! I’m so pleased you’ve tried it and loved it! As for the naan bread honestly not much can go wrong here πŸ™‚ super straightforward even for bread making newbies πŸ™‚

      August 24, 2018 at 8:09 pm
  • Reply Angie | Fiesta Friday

    Love butter chicken! First thing we order every time we go to an Indian restaurant, just a must! Love your easy version!

    August 24, 2018 at 2:20 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Angie! πŸ™‚ Butter Chicken is lovely isn’t it? That’s why I thought having an easy to make at home version of it would be just the ticket! πŸ™‚

      August 24, 2018 at 9:22 am
  • Reply Cat | Curly's Cooking

    This looks absolutely delicious! It looks so rich and tasty, I’ve pinned it to make it soon!

    August 24, 2018 at 11:13 am
  • Reply Helen at the Lazy Gastronome

    Looks like a delicious meal – Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party – have a fabulous week!

    August 27, 2018 at 7:14 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you Helen! It’s a pleasure to join in! I thought I would link up curry together with naan as they do go so hand in hand. πŸ™‚

      August 28, 2018 at 1:32 pm

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