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Easy Indian Butter chicken recipe made with a simple blend of spices, onion, garlic, tender chicken, tomato sauce & butter, of course! Serve this flavorful Butter chicken over rice with a side of naan!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: chicken, Main Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Easy Indian Butter Chicken
Servings: 8
Calories: 380kcal


  • 1 cup butter divided
  • 1 onion minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into bite-sized chunks & lightly salted & peppered
  • 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 12 oz evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • Cooked rice to serve with butter chicken and sauce


  • Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a large sauce pan over medium heat.
  • Stir in onion and garlic, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add chicken and cook an additional 10-12 minutes.
  • Add the remaining butter to the saucepan, along with the tomato sauce, evaporated milk, salt, cayenne pepper, and garam masala.
  • Bring to a simmer over medium heat, then reduce heat to medium-low; cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve over cooked rice sprinkled with fresh cilantro, if desired.



Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 1062mg | Potassium: 654mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1092IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 136mg | Iron: 1mg