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Butter Chicken I One Lovely Life

Please don’t be afraid.

I’m serious.

Lest a title like “butter chicken” my inspire thoughts of Paula Deen and incredibly rich indulgence (it did for me), let me assure you: it’s not that bad.

I’m serious!

In fact, it is OH SO good. I have had a craving for Indian food lately, and I didn’t feel like curry. What’s a girl to do in a situation like this? Research. Always research.


I found a great-sounding recipe for butter chicken floating around the blogosphere and adapted it for dinner last night.

It. Was. Delicious.

So delicious that after I ate it for dinner and put the leftovers away, I scraped down the pan with a spatula and ate every last speck of remaining sauce. Then proceeded to think about how good it was until I fell asleep. Then I ate more of it for breakfast. At 6:45am.

It was that good.

I absolutely LOVED the marinade the chicken sat in the night before and it had just the right amount of heat and spice. I decreased the amount of butter and substituted for the cream, and oh baby. It was so good. I’m going to have to make it again VERY soon. The leftovers are almost nonexistent and it’s been less than 24 hours.

Make this now. You’ll thank me.

Butter Chicken I One Lovely Life
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Butter Chicken

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  • 1lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, diced into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1/2tsp pepper
  • 1/4tsp cayenne (or more to taste)
  • 1/4tsp coriander
  • 1/4tsp cumin
  • 1/4tsp cardamom
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 3Tbsp butter*
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 (8oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (14.5oz) can petite diced tomatoes (do not drain)
  • 1/2c half-and-half*
  • 1/4c cilantro, diced
  • rice to serve


  1. In a small bowl, combine garlic, salt, pepper, cayenne, coriander, cumin, and cardamom with the juice from the lime. Whisk to combine. Add chicken pieces and stir to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight to marinate.
  2. When ready to cook, heat butter in a large pan to melt and add chicken and marinade. Cook chicken until no longer pink, about 5-6 minutes. Add onion and stir, cooking over medium heat until onion is tender and translucent. Add tomato sauce and diced tomatoes with their juice and cover with lid. Simmer about 20 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened somewhat.
  3. Turn off heat, stir in half-and-half and chopped cilantro. Serve over warm rice.


*For a dairy free version, use Earth Balance or a little olive oil instead of butter, and canned coconut milk (not cream of coconut) in place of the milk.



  1. I just printed out the recipe for the butter chicken. This is what I have planned for the weekend. Since my husband loves chicken this will be a joy to make. I've tried so many of your recipes and we just love them all. Thanks for sharing with all of us some fantastic dishes. Wish me luck, and I hope mine turns out as good as yours did.

  2. I just wanted to thank you for this great recipe. We loved it. I added a couple of tablespoons of chopped cilantro to the rice, as well (for color).

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