Citizen reporter
2 minute read
9 Jun 2021
1:48 pm

Recipe of the day: Easy Butter Chicken

Citizen reporter

This recipe is hearty, filling and totally delicious.

Butter chicken. Picture: Supplied

For the love of curry! This butter chicken recipe will warm your heart. With all the traditional Indian flavours to make a perfect curry. Get the kids involved too as it’s so easy and delicious to make and can be served with rice or roti.

Butter Chicken recipe


  • 3 Tablespoons of Ghee or Vegetable Oil
  • 6 Chicken Breasts (cut into bite-sized pieces and seasoned)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Mustard Seeds
  • 1 Large Onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 Tablespoon of finely chopped fresh Ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon of crushed Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of Garam Masala
  • 1 teaspoon of ground Cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon of ground Coriander
  • ½ teaspoon Chilli Powder (or more if you like it hot)
  • Pinch of Sugar
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 8 Cardamom Pods (toasted and seeds ground)
  • 400 g Large Juicy Tomatoes (peeled and grated)
  • 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • ½ Cup Chicken Stock
  • 1 Cup Fresh Cream
  • 100 g Cold Butter (cut into small pieces)

To garnish off the ambrosial Chicken dish you will need:

4 Tablespoons Cashew Nuts (lightly toasted and chopped)
Fresh Coriander


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of Ghee or Oil in a saucepan, and gently sauté the chicken pieces in batches till half cooked.
  2. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside till late.
  3. Add the remaining Ghee to the saucepan and heat, now add the Mustard Seeds and fry for a few minutes until it pops.
  4. Add the Onion, Ginger and Garlic, and cook for a few minutes till fragrant. Stir in the Garam Masala, Cumin, Coriander and Chilli Powder – do not let the spices burn! Add a little more Ghee and cook for a few minutes.
  5. Now add the Sugar, Salt, Pepper, Cardamom, Tomatoes, Tomato Paste and Chicken Stock. Bring to a boil and cook till the sauce has become fragrant.
  6. Pour the sauce into a food processor and blend till smooth. Return to the saucepan and add the cream. Bring the sauce to a simmer, adjust the seasoning, and return the chicken to the pot. Warm through.
  7. Just before you are ready to serve, stir in the chopped Butter a few pieces at a time. Spoon the Butter Chicken into a bowl, and garnish with chopped Coriander and Chopped Cashew Nuts.
  8. Serve with steaming hot Basmati Rice.

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