Butter Chicken

I’ve been hesitant to embrace Indian food mostly because I’m not a big fan of curry. My husband and kids however LOVE Indian food and because I love them, I thought I’d give butter chicken a go. I had this recipe kicking around for years, tore out of some recipe book Carnation milk had put out. I am in love, seriously in love with this butter chicken. Serve with Basmati Rice and Naan Bread.

Butter Chicken

2 tbsp vegetable oil, divided
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 1/2 tsp minced ginger
2 tbsp butter
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp of each; garam masala and cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 cup tomato sauce
1 cup Carnation fat-free evaporated milk
1/4 cup plain yogurt
salt and pepper to taste

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook chicken until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Remove chicken and set aside.

Heat remaining oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute onion, garlic and ginger until soft and fragrant. Stir in butter, lemon juices and spices. Cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add tomato sauce, cooking for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in milk and yogurt. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring often.

Add reserved chicken to sauce and bring sauce to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes until sauce has thickened and chicken is cooked through. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary.

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  1. Aliya says

    I made this last night, scrumptious! Like dee brun, I’ve only ever used pre-made butter chicken sauces, and this tasted just as good, if not better!

  2. says

    I’m with the other two I’ve only ever used the jar sauce. This is currently in the pan simmering an it smells so good. I did cheat on the Naan though! Thanks for posting such great recipes. 

  3. Bonnie says

    Me four – only ever used per-made sauces. I’ll definitely try this. My husband and I LOVE butter chicken. 
    More importantly, how do you get your kids to eat this fabulous stuff? 

    • Candace says

      My oldest daughter is a total foodie. The kid eats raw oysters for heaven’s sake. That even grosses me out. My youngest is the pickiest child alive, but I happen to be the stubbornest mother alive. Two choices: take it or leave it. 🙂

  4. Leigh says

    Made this tonight. So yummy!  My 7yo loved it so much she asked to take leftovers for her school lunch tomorrow.  🙂

    • Candace says

      You have no idea how pleased I am that you came back to tell me this! My kids are big fans too. Last week we out for Indian at a very popular restaurant in the area…..this butter chicken is better 🙂

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