Best Butter Chicken

Truly the best Butter Chicken recipe. It's a creamy and perfectly spiced Indian curry recipe with tender chicken and lots of sauce to mop up with warm naan. 
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6
Author: Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD

Ingredients

For chicken and marinade:

  • 2.2 lbs (1 kg) boneless, skinless chicken breast cut in 1" - 2" cubes
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp kosher salt

For sauce:

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 ½ cups chopped onion about 2 medium-large
  • 2 tbsp coarsely chopped garlic
  • 2 tbsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp kosher salt or to taste
  • 2 cups diced no-salt-added canned tomatoes
  • ¾ cup heavy 35% or whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • Chopped cilantro to garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • For marinade:
    Combine all ingredients in a zip-top bag or shallow baking dish, massaging the marinade into the chicken. Let stand at room temperature while you prepare the sauce, or marinate in the fridge overnight.

For sauce:

  • Heat oil over medium heat in a large saucepan or dutch oven. Add onions and slowly cook until golden, about 20 minutes, reducing heat if they are getting crispy or browning quickly.
  • Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in garam masala, paprika, cinnamon and salt; cook 1 minute more. Add tomatoes; cook 2 minutes, then add cream and carefully puree using an immersion blender (or standing blender, but do it in batches or the steam will blow the top off).
  • Return sauce to saucepan and bring to a simmer. Remove chicken from marinade and it to the sauce (discarding remaining marinade). Cover, and simmer over medium-low heat until cooked through, about 12 minutes (remove a couple of pieces to make sure they are no longer pink inside). A gentle simmer is required to gently cook the breasts so they don't become tough, and you don't want to overcook them.
  • Stir in butter, taste and add more salt to taste. Serve sprinkled with cilantro, if desired.
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