Butter chicken is a classic Indian dish that many enjoy adding to their takeout order on a Friday night for something delicious to end the week with. Although very flavorful and a fan favorite, butter chicken is not the healthiest option and takeout can get a little pricey for a university student. This recipe is sure to satisfy you curry cravings with fewer calories and more money in your pocket.

Butter Chicken

  • Prep Time:10 minutes
  • Cook Time:1 hour
  • Total Time:1 hour 10 minutes
  • Servings:5
  • Medium


  • 5 chicken thigh
  • 1 white onion
  • 18 oz diced stewed tomato (chilli flavored)
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon tumeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 9 oz chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 cup rice
  • Sour cream (optional)
  • Cilantro (optional)
  • Chopped peanuts (optional)
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  • Step 1

    Heat pan and add vegetable oil. Add the boneless, skinless, chicken thighs once pan is hot, season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook chicken thoroughly.

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  • Step 2

    While chicken is cooking, dice the white onion and 2 cloves of garlic evenly. Add to a separate pan with butter and olive oil and saute until translucent (approx. 10 minutes).

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  • Step 3

    Add all spices to the onions once translucent. Stir constantly over low heat so the oils are released from the spices.

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  • Step 4

    Add canned tomatoes to the onions and stir. Add chicken broth and bring to a simmer.

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  • Step 5

    Add peanut butter and brown sugar to tomato and onion mixture and stir. While letting simmer, cut cooked chicken thighs into even pieces.

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  • Step 6

    Use emulsifier or blender to blend tomato and onion mixture until smooth.

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  • Step 7

    Add diced chicken to the mixture and stir. In the meantime, prepare rice of your choice in rice cooker or on the stove.

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  • Step 8

    Plate chicken and sauce over prepared rice. For toppings add anything such as sour cream, cilantro, chopped peanuts or green onion to your liking.

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