Indian Butter Chicken

I was first introduced to Indian butter chicken about six years ago after finishing up a marathon road journey to my dear friend Camilla’s, who was living in Kansas City at the time.

Call me crazy, but I love to drive long distances and am known to throw caution to the wind and just hop in the car at any given moment and go.  On this occasion I had been chatting with Camilla over the phone and we decided a get together was long overdue so the following week I popped Nicholas in the toyota, then about 16 months old, and made the eight hour trek from Dallas to Missouri.  The drive was probably about one hour longer than a 16 month old had patience for, but we arrived in one piece, none the less for wear, and ready for a hearty dinner.


Indian butter chicken is what she had prepared for us.  I sat down, took my first bite, and instantly knew why we were such good friends.  If you’ve never had this dish before you really need to change that.   The tang of the lemon mixed with the creamy of the yogurt  and the savory of the chicken just makes my mouth sing with every bite.

Coincidentally, even though we’re both living in different locations from that first marathon reunion years ago, we have once again managed to relocate exactly eight hours from each other.  As a result, I make the trek up to visit them every summer, only with three boys in tow instead of one.  She still whips up a killer batch of Indian butter chicken for me and I still relish every satisfying bite.


Our kids enjoying a day at the petting farm during last summer’s visit

Ingredients Needed:

1 Tbsp of Oil
2 Chicken Breasts, Chopped
3 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
1 tsp Garam Masala
1 Small Onion, Chopped
11/2″ Piece of Ginger, Diced
1 Lemon, Juiced
2 Tbsp Butter
1 14.5 Oz. Can Diced Tomatoes
1/2 Cup Chicken Broth
1/2 Cup Plain Yogurt
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
Salt and Pepper to Taste

Start out by adding the oil to your pan and heating it up on medium high heat.  Add in your chopped chicken, garlic, and garam masala.  Swirl it together and cook it up for about two to three minutes.

Next up you’ll add in your onion and ginger.  Continue cooking until the chicken is cooked through.

Now, turn your heat down a notch to medium and add in your lemon juice and butter.

Let the butter melt completely and then add in the tomatoes and broth.

Give the dish a minute or two to heat back up and then stir in the yogurt and sour cream.

Mix it all together  and shake in some salt and pepper to taste.

Serve it up over a bowl of basmati rice and share it to someone special in your life.  I guarantee they’ll thank you for it.

 

 

 

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Indian Butter Chicken

Total Time: 25 min

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp Oil
2 Chicken Breasts, Chopped
3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
1 tsp Garam Masala
1 Small Onion, Chopped
11/2 Inch Piece Ginger
1 Lemon, Juiced
2 Tbsp Butter
1 14.5Oz. Can Diced Tomatoes
1/2 Cup Chicken Broth
1/2 Cup Plain Yogurt
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
Salt and Pepper to Taste

Directions:

Start out by adding the oil to your pan and heating it up on medium high heat. Add in your chopped chicken, garlic, and garam masala. Swirl it together and cook it up for about two to three minutes.

Next up you'll add in your onion and ginger. Continue cooking until the chicken is cooked through.

Now, turn your heat down a notch to medium and add in your lemon juice and butter.

Let the butter melt completely and then add in the tomatoes and broth.

Give the dish a minute or two to heat back up and then stir in the yogurt and sour cream.

Mix it all together and shake in some salt and pepper to taste.

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35 Responses to “Indian Butter Chicken”

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    Shawnda — February 16, 2011 @ 5:18 am

    I’ve never had Indian food but aside from the specialty spice, the ingredients list doesn’t contain anything we wouldn’t normally eat. I think you’ve just convinced me to try it!

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    Miel Abeille — February 16, 2011 @ 5:33 am

    YUM! I always feel like Indian must be very difficult to execute. Guess I was wrong!

    (And I love that you’d jump in the car to visit a friend. She’s lucky to have you!)

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    Ma What's For Dinner — February 16, 2011 @ 7:33 am

    You know I’ve never had this, but it looks amazing. I’m going to have to add this to the list.

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    Nuts about Food — February 16, 2011 @ 10:26 am

    Ok, I admit I am salivating at this point.

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    (Florida) Girl with a New Life — February 16, 2011 @ 10:35 am

    Mouth. Watering.

    I would love this. Off to find some garam masala.

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    Faith — February 16, 2011 @ 10:43 am

    Indian butter is by far my favortie Indian dish. It just tastes amazing and yours looks fantastic Julie. I would love to try this recipe soon.

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    rebecca — February 16, 2011 @ 10:52 am

    looks good this dish is a little too rich for me but my Indian family are dont use butter more Northern cute snap

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    Laura in Cancun — February 16, 2011 @ 11:09 am

    Looks so easy! (and I can easily get all ingredients here… yay!)

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    Katerina — February 16, 2011 @ 11:46 am

    Looks like the perfect meal for me now that I am sick!

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    Tanvi@SinfullySpicy — February 16, 2011 @ 11:49 am

    I have not seen a more quick version of butter chicken.As you said it is quite an addictive dish.Your kids look so cute in the picture.

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    Melissa — February 16, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

    I LOVE butter chicken but have had it for over 7 years… my Indian friends in Cali use to make it for me but since I have moved back to TX I haven’t had it. This recipe looks so easy and YUMMY!!!

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    Kristen — February 16, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

    I’ve never had Indian Butter Chicken, but after that glowing endorsement you can bet I’m going to try it! Looks delicious!

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    Feast on the Cheap — February 16, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

    YUM! I do not cook Indian food often enough…but I do plenty of Indian takeout. Will have to give this a whirl. Thanks so much for sharing

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    anne — February 16, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

    oh goodness, deliciousness in a bowl!! anne

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    Rach — February 16, 2011 @ 3:21 pm

    Such cute kiddos!

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    Ameena — February 16, 2011 @ 4:50 pm

    I used to love Butter Chicken! It’s one of the many things I miss since I decided to go veg.

    Gorgeous photo!

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    Biren @ Roti n Rice — February 16, 2011 @ 5:57 pm

    This Indian butter chicken sounds really good. My second son who has a mild palate would certainly prefer this to my spicy curry chicken. Will have to cook this for him soon :)

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    Pika — February 16, 2011 @ 6:41 pm

    This is an interesting take on “butter chicken”. Usually butter chicken does not contain lemon, broth, sour cream or powdered garam masala.
    A little turmeric can help with the color of this, and it is healthy too.

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    Mari's Cakes — February 16, 2011 @ 7:24 pm

    The kids are precious, God bless :) I have taste this chicken. You are lucky to have a friend that prepares such yummy dish for you. Thanks for the recipe.

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    Cookin' Canuck — February 16, 2011 @ 9:09 pm

    We absolutely love butter chicken. It makes for such an easy weeknight meal. I love that opening photo!

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    Anna Johnston — February 16, 2011 @ 11:36 pm

    I haven’t made Butter Chicken for ages, about time I did I think :) Having grown up in the country, we had to drive for ages to get anywhere, and now days I’m a city girl & love nothing more than a big old road trip. Bout time I had one of those too :)

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    Monet — February 16, 2011 @ 11:40 pm

    I’ve never had butter chicken before…but now I want a big bowl! I loved seeing all the precious children…I can’t wait till more of my friends start having babies. We are going to have fun, no matter where we are. Thank you for sharing yourself with me tonight. Your words and recipes bring many people joy.

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    Beth — February 17, 2011 @ 10:19 am

    I love butter chicken but don’t have a recipe for it. This looks great!

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    5 Star Foodie — February 17, 2011 @ 10:44 am

    I do love Indian butter chicken and would love to make it at home, thanks so much for sharing your excellent recipe!

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    LisaDay — February 18, 2011 @ 1:32 pm

    It sounds fantastic but I think it would be too hot for me. Pepper is too hot for me.

    LisaDay

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    Kim @ Quit Eating Out {Recipes to Make Dining Out a Choice, Not a Chore} — February 23, 2011 @ 7:01 pm

    Julie! I’ve been lacking online bc of health issues in my family…. and have relied on my Reader, so I missed the NEW LOOK here! I LOVE it! Congrats on the redesign!! This recipe sounds so delish. Great way to jazz up chicken… printing to try!

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    Becky — February 25, 2011 @ 3:08 pm

    A great sounding recipe and the photography is divine…but even better is the great story of a beautiful friendship!!!
    Have a beautiful weekend!!!

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    Gwen — February 25, 2011 @ 11:07 pm

    Some things were ment to be. I was just fumbling thru my spice cupboard and found a little jar of garam masala sadly forgotten. I thought, I really need to find some new recipes to use this in, seeing as that I adore it so.
    This is perfect! Healthy, yummy and kid friendly.

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    Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} — February 25, 2011 @ 11:10 pm

    I just stumbled upon your blog and I love it! This recipe looks delicious–I love Indian flavors. I look forward to browsing through some more of your recipes.

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    pigpigscorner — February 26, 2011 @ 2:49 pm

    Looks so good! I love butter chicken, so creamy, rich and delicious!

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    Chef Dennis — February 26, 2011 @ 8:14 pm

    hi Julie
    I love the new look of your blog…I feel so bad, how long has it been since I have been by to say hello!
    You are so right about this wonderful dish, any time you involve yogurt in food I’m a happy man!
    As for driving, I just don’t have it in me anymore to drive any distances….after 2 hours I’m done…..I’m glad you are still able to enjoy it!
    Cheers
    Dennis

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    Carol — February 27, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

    Hi Julie, I saw this recipe the other day…made it tonight….LOVE it. I have never had Indian Butter Chicken, never tried garam masala but have now found a new favorite. How delicious.

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    Ayesha Jameel — February 27, 2011 @ 11:32 pm

    Your dishes look yum … loved the presentation of the food ! good work
    you can view some of my dishes on http://kitchensojourn.blogspot.com ! i would be really happy if you follow it :)

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    zoe — October 22, 2011 @ 12:06 am

    just a thought for this dish to be vegetarian ….
    i use chickpeas in place of the chicken and it is delicious.

    try a large can of chickpeas, drained, and add other vegetables.
    i recommend any of the following:

    chopped cooked cauliflower
    grape tomatoes
    eggplant (i used japanese eggplant and it was awesome)
    fresh spinach
    chopped onion
    zucchini (split lengthwise and chop into small chunks)

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