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I know it’s like a bajillion degrees outside right now but there is something about Indian cuisine that I can have ALL YEAR LONG. I end up having cravings randomly and of course this week, when the heat index is in the 100’s, I’m craving this stovetop butter chicken.
I actually created a video for this stovetop butter chicken recipe in March when it was still abnormally freezing. We were so thankful for this recipe at that time because it just warms your right through! You can actually check out the full video out below!
Why this stovetop butter chicken recipe is so amazing?
Well, for one, the FLAVORS are incredible. There are a bunch of warming spices in this stovetop butter chicken that completely warm your soul. It’s like it is giving you a giant hug.
Two, if you’ve been intimidated to dabble in cooking/making Indian cuisine at home, this is a great beginner recipe!
And three, it really takes no time to put together on the stovetop.
We love serving this over basmati rice and with naan!
This stovetop butter chicken is so creamy and it’s not very hands on. You can marinade the chicken for as long as you have (I sometimes even prep it the morning of because of how simple it is to throw into a plastic bag).
It will taste fantastic no matter what!
This dish brings me back to London. I seriously CANNOT stop dreaming about the Indian dinner we had at Dishoom. Like hands down that was the best meal of my life so far. Well, ONE of the best meals of my life.
Jason and I still rave about Dishoom, dream about it, talk about it, recommend it to everyone.
If I can’t have Dishoom here in the states, this stovetop butter chicken recipe will have to do for now.
That is until I can get my butt over to England!!!
You may be interested in this slow cooker tikka masala too! Of course you’ll want to serve your stovetop butter chicken and tikka masala with some homemade naan!
Be sure to watch me make this stovetop butter chicken in the video below!
Stovetop Butter Chicken
For the chicken marinade
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed into 1" cubes
- 2 tablespoons tandoori paste
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 ½ tablespoon coriander powder
- 1 ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon garam masala
- ½ cup plain greek yogurt
For the rest of the dish
- 2-4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 onion, sliced or diced
- 14.5 ounce can crushed tomatoes
- ½ cup heavy cream
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Pinch of cayenne for extra heat, optional
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- Place the cubed chicken into a large resealable plastic bag. Then whisk the remaining ingredients for the marinade in a bowl and pour into plastic bag. Seal then using your hands, massage and mix the chicken until all is coated with the marinade. Marinade for 6-8 hours or overnight.
- When ready, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and melt the butter in the skillet.
- Once the butter is melted, add the onion. Cook until the onions are tender, about 3-5 minutes.
- Add the bag of chicken and the marinade into the skillet. Stir to incorporate then pour the tomatoes in. Stir to combine.
- Cook uncovered on medium heat until it comes to a simmer and until the chicken is cooked through, about 10-15 minutes.
- Add the heavy cream, stir to incorporate and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add cayenne if you want more heat.
- Serve over basmati rice and with naan!
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Saturday 17th of October 2020
My KIDS LOVE this RECIPE!. One problem is today I don't have Tandoori Paste. I found a recipe for Tandoori Paste, and I have all of the ingredients. QUESTION: Do I still need to add all of the other spices that you have listed for the Marinade? THANKS! Christine Alexander
Wednesday 21st of October 2020
Friday 25th of September 2020
This is delicious and a go-to meal for our family!
Monday 30th of September 2019
Hello, is it possible to get the recipe that was on here about a month ago. It didn’t include tandoori paste.
Monday 30th of September 2019
Hi, this recipe always had tandoori paste in it. I'm not quite sure which other recipe you may be referring to.
Wednesday 31st of July 2019
Hey just curious, can I substitute the white rice for something healthier? Like quinoa?
Saturday 3rd of August 2019
Friday 26th of October 2018
Amen to Dishoom! That is home to one of the most amazing Indian food in the world. Loved their Bhel Puri and Black Dhal - and of course I died with their butter chicken! Gonna try this recipe very very soon!
Saturday 27th of October 2018
Yes! So good