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

This Butter Chicken Recipe has a simple ingredient list and does not require hours of preparation. Learn how to make restaurant-style butter chicken in a few simple steps. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Marination6 hrs
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 146kcal
Author: Hina Gujral


  • 500 gm chicken boneless
  • 2 tbsp yogurt
  • 2 tsp red chili powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 Cup full fat cream
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala see recipe here
  • a pinch of turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter

Ingredients to be grind into paste

  • 3 - 4 medium-size ripe tomato
  • 1 medium-size onion
  • 1/4 Cup readymade tomato puree
  • 1 green chili
  • an inch piece of ginger


  • Start with washing and cleaning the chicken. Pat dry with a kitchen towel.
  • Marinade the chicken pieces with yogurt, a teaspoon of red chili powder and salt. Combine nicely.
  • Keep the marinated chicken pieces in the fridge while you prepare the gravy paste.
  • In a blender grind chopped tomato, onion, puree, green chili and ginger. Use little water to make a smooth paste.
  • Now heat butter in a heavy bottom vessel ( buy it here ) over medium heat.
  • Add the tomato paste and fry till the oil separates from the masala.
  • While the masala is roasting grill the chicken pieces in the oven for 10 minutes.
  • Add the grilled chicken pieces in the masala and stir to combine. Fry for 2 - 3 minutes or so.
  • Add the cream, sugar, salt, a teaspoon of red chili powder and 1/4 Cup of water. Stir to mix.
  • Cover and let the chicken cook in the creamy gravy.
  • Open the lid after 5 minutes, add Garam Masala ( see recipe here ) and check chicken for doneness.
  • If the chicken is almost done, remove the lid and cook the gravy over high heat to thicken.
  • Once the chicken is cooked through and the gravy thickens butter chicken is ready to be served.
  • Serve Butter Chicken warm garnished with a tablespoon of cream with Naan ( see recipe here ).


Recommended Equipment: Handi ( buy it here )


Serving: 100Grams | Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.8g | Protein: 11.5g | Fat: 10.6g | Fiber: 0.6g