Indian Butter Chicken in dish with rice and naan

Creamy Indian Butter Chicken

  • Prep Time: 30 mins.
  • Cook Time: 60 mins.
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8


Use that garlic naan as a shovel for this savory, creamy Indian Butter Chicken!


Chicken Marinade

  • 2 lbs. Chicken Breast/Thighs, cubed
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt, full fat
  • 4 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs. Ginger Root, minced or grated
  • 2 tsp. Salt


  • 2 28oz cans whole Tomatoes
  • 1 large Onion, sliced
  • 4 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs. Ginger root, minced or grated
  • 2 tbs. Chili Powder
  • 1 tbs. Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Turmeric
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 1 stick Butter, divided
  • ½ cup Cream
  • Salt & Pepper


  1. In a large bowl, whisk yogurt, garlic, ginger, and salt. Cut chicken into ¾ to 1 inch cubes and add to marinade, stirring well to combine. Cover and chill about an hour.
  2. In a dutch oven over medium heat, melt 2 tbs. of butter. Add onions, season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown being careful not to burn, 8-10 minutes. Add garlic and ginger, stirring until very fragrant, 2-3 minutes. Add chili powder, garam masala, cinnamon, turmeric, and paprika, stirring for about a minute. Add tomatoes, mash with your spoon, while stirring to scrape up any browned bits stuck to the pan. Lower heat to a simmer, leave uncovered and stir on occation, 45-60 minutes.
  3. Using either an immersion blender or a countertop blender, blender the sauce to a smooth consistency. Add rest of butter and cream, continue blending until fully incorporated. Return to a simmer.
  4. Preheat broiler. On a wire rack, placed on a foil lined baking sheet, arrange marinated chicken in a single layer. Broil chicken, until starting to brown, watching carefully to not burn. When browned, add chicken to sauce and continue cooking until chicken is fully cooked.
  5. Top with additional yogurt and cilantro. Serve with a side of rice and naan. Enjoy.


Don’t forget it! Top off each bite with whole fat greek yogurt! It’s a game-changer, trust me.