30-Minute Butter Chicken Recipe

A quick and easy version of classic Indian Butter Chicken. That can be prepared for a meal in 30 minutes.

30-Minute Butter Chicken Recipe is worth bookmarking for somebody like me, who’s always looking for ways to save time in the kitchen. This Butter Chicken Recipe has a simple ingredient list and does not require hours of preparation. All you need to do is a bit of multi-tasking. That does not mean you need to cook with both the hands simultaneously. Some time-saving cheat tricks like, grilling the chicken in the oven while making the gravy, starting the process with marinating the chicken and the last one, using a boneless chicken. These simple procedures definitely going to help you prepare Butter Chicken for any meal in 30 minutes. And on some days, if you are not too busy marinate the chicken few hours before the mealtime and keep in the fridge. Trust me you are going to thank me later for this last tip. 
A quick and easy version of classic Indian Butter Chicken. That can be prepared for a meal in 30 minutes.
When it comes to accompaniments we like Butter Chicken with Naan (see recipe). Soaking soft and pillowy Naan in curries and having a mouthful of it in itself is a bliss. Usually, for a lazy Sunday or an indulgent weekend dinner, we stick to this elaborate meal combination. I cannot get enough of Butter Chicken with a few gallons of this 30-minute creamy gravy. This rich and flavorsome gravy is so versatile. You can drench anything in it and the end result will guarantee taste good! Paneer, Tofu, Meatballs or Koftas take your pick and create your own bowl of a delightful meal for the curry night. So hope by now you might have understood that to make butter chicken at home you need not sweat for hours in the kitchen. 30-Minutes are good enough to cook this classic Indian Curry for an everyday meal. 
A quick and easy version of classic Indian Butter Chicken. That can be prepared for a meal in 30 minutes.
A quick and easy version of classic Indian Butter Chicken. That can be prepared for a meal in 30 minutes.
Learn how to make 30-Minute Butter Chicken in few simple steps. And don’t forget to follow our Pinterest Board for more such interesting curry recipes. 
30-Minute Butter Chicken Recipe
Serves 4
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
  1. 500 gm chicken boneless
  2. 2 tbsp yogurt
  3. 2 tsp red chili powder
  4. Salt to taste
  5. 1/2 Cup full fat cream
  6. 1 tsp Garam Masala ( see recipe here )
  7. a pinch of turmeric
  8. 1/2 tsp sugar
  9. 2 tbsp butter
Ingredients to be grind into paste
  1. 3 - 4 medium-size ripe tomato
  2. 1 medium-size onion
  3. 1/4 Cup readymade tomato puree
  4. 1 green chili
  5. an inch piece of ginger
  1. Start with washing and cleaning the chicken. Pat dry with a kitchen towel.
  2. Marinade the chicken pieces with yogurt, a teaspoon of red chili powder and salt. Combine nicely.
  3. Keep the marinated chicken pieces in the fridge while you prepare the gravy paste.
  4. In a blender grind chopped tomato, onion, puree, green chili and ginger. Use little water to make a smooth paste.
  5. Now heat butter in a heavy bottom vessel ( buy it here ) over medium heat.
  6. Add the tomato paste and fry till the oil separates from the masala.
  7. While the masala is roasting grill the chicken pieces in the oven for 10 minutes.
  8. Add the grilled chicken pieces in the masala and stir to combine. Fry for 2 - 3 minutes or so.
  9. Add the cream, sugar, salt, a teaspoon of red chili powder and 1/4 Cup of water. Stir to mix.
  10. Cover and let the chicken cook in the creamy gravy.
  11. Open the lid after 5 minutes, add Garam Masala ( see recipe here ) and check chicken for doneness.
  12. If the chicken is almost done, remove the lid and cook the gravy over high heat to thicken.
  13. Once the chicken is cooked through and the gravy thickens butter chicken is ready to be served.
  14. Serve Butter Chicken warm garnished with a tablespoon of cream with Naan ( see recipe here ).
  1. Recommended Equipment: Handi ( buy it here )
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    September 26, 2013

    Congratulations, may it blossom and grow! All the best and yes,
    cooking is an art. :-)

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    Anmol Rawat
    May 6, 2016

    I feel hungry! Bookmarking this for future! Nothing can beat a good butter chicken after all :D

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    May 6, 2016

    Now I feeling hungry…. too much testy dish… well documented and awesome, mouth watering pictures!!

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    Keith @ How's it Lookin?
    May 7, 2016

    I gotta try this. Butter chicken sounds tasty, thanks for sharing

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    May 7, 2016

    So delicious! I need more Indian food in my life :) Will definitely bookmark this and make it soon!

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    June 9, 2016

    Amazing pictures used in the article. Will try to get it cooked in my home for my wife.

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    Ashi verma
    December 14, 2016

    Wow, so delicious! I just made it for dinner, I am sure I will make it again!
    Ashi Verma

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    December 15, 2016

    I will try this…..i love butter chicken..thanks for sharing..

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    December 17, 2016

    Thanks for share those tips. I just start a new blog related to food and recipe. I am hoping your tips will help me to make some good visitor.

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    FunFoodand Frolic
    September 26, 2013

    Thanks Maya for your kind wishes

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