Flavourful Creamy Butter Chicken

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Easy to make, delicious, creamy full of flavour chicken pieces cooked in butter, tomato sauce
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Chicken, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 532 kcal


  • 600 g chicken thighs or 4 cups cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 medium red onion chopped
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp garlic/ginger paste
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne optional
  • 3/4 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp monk fruit/erythritol or sugar
  • 3/4 cup half and half or heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup sour cream or yoghurt
  • 4 large tomatoes pureed
  • 2 tbsp butter


  • In a bowl, combine chicken with lemon and salt. Set aside for 10 min.
  • Heat butter in a large cooking pot/skillet. Add chicken pieces and garlic/ginger paste. Cook for about 5 min
  • Add onions, and cook for another 3-5 minutes scraping for bits stuck on the pan
  • Add pureed tomatoes. Don't worry if the sauce looks too thin. It'll cook down. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add spices and sweetener/sugar and cover to continue cooking until the sauce thickens.
  • Stir in the cream and sour cream and simmer for 5 minutes until the sauce is thick and bubbly. Taste and adjust salt according to preference
  • Garnish with cilantro and enjoy


  • If the sauce is too thick, add a few tablespoons of water or chicken broth to thin it out. 
  • This dish can be served with naan bread, cooked rice, or cauliflower rice for people following a low-carb diet.
  • Please note that I used monk fruit/erythritol blend for this recipe but you can use sugar instead if you are not too concerned with the carbs and sugar intake. 
  • For this recipe, chicken thighs work excellent because they tend not to dry and be chewy. However, you can use chicken breast instead if that works better for your lifestyle. 
  • This dish keeps well in the fridge and should be eaten within 2-3 days. 
  • The cayenne pepper can totally be left out but if you like some heat, don't miss it, adjust according to taste. 


Calories: 532kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 29gFat: 40gSaturated Fat: 16gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 189mgSodium: 1095mgPotassium: 914mgFiber: 3gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 2442IUVitamin C: 31mgCalcium: 115mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Chicken, Comfort Food, Dinner
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