Butter Chicken with Coconut Cream

Butter Chicken with Coconut Cream
Butter chicken is probably the most popular Indian dish, if you have never tried it, I highly recommend this recipe! It shows how to make this dish healthy without compromising the flavor. Chicken turns out tender and so flavorful. Moreover, this coconut cream butter chicken reheats really well (if you are lucky to have leftovers).


  • 2 pounds chicken thighs (cut into bite size pieces)
  • 4 tablespoons coconut cream
  • 2 tablespoons garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric (dry)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • ginger (1-inch piece, grated)
  • ■■■■ SAUCE: ■■■■■
  • 4 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper (seeded, chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes (canned)
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream (I used thick part from canned coconut milk)
  • ginger (1-inch piece, grated)
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • salt
Prep time:
10 minutes
Cook time:
32 minutes
Total time:
42 minutes
Yield: 3 servings | Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 32 minutes | Total time: 42 minutes


1. Combine chicken with coconut cream, garam masala, avocado oil, turmeric, lemon juice, garlic and ginger.

2. Prepare the sauce. Heat ghee in a large skillet over medium-high heat, add onion, garlic and ginger. Cook for about 5 minutes.

3. Transfer the onion mixture to a blender, add tomatoes, jalapeno, garam masala, cumin, coriander and salt. Blend until smooth.

4. In the same skillet, sear chicken pieces on all sides. Add the sauce, bring to a simmer, cover and cook on low for about 25 minutes.

5. Lastly, add coconut cream, stir and cook for another couple of minutes.

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Just like the local Australian Indian takeaway

amazing! For a long time I just simmered the onion/tomato blend on the stove until it went soft and slightly chunky...Never tasted right until i realised how important it was to blend it all with the spice to get that tasty tomato masala...Added thick coconut cream and it was perfect. THIS is the curry taste i've been searching for

I'm thrilled to hear that you found the perfect curry taste you've been looking for! Thank you for the wonderful feedback. I'm also glad to know that our recipes are being enjoyed in Australia! - Alena


My god, it was fantastic, I tried your recipe and made butter chicken last night and it was superb. it was just perfect for my taste buds, I really loved it. Great recipe.

Thank you, Andrew! Good to hear you enjoyed this butter chicken, thanks for your fantastic comment! - Alena

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