Butter Chicken With Naan


Butter chicken with naan is an Indian dish that has become extremely popular in America. If you have never heard of this dish before and know nothing about it, don’t worry because we are going to tell you a bit about it and show you how to prepare this delicious meal in your own kitchen.

Butter chicken with naan

Butter chicken with naan

Next time you’re craving takeaway Indian, look no further than your own kitchen to make a butter chicken delight.


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Health Score*


974 calories per serve

Allergens: Recipe may contain yeast, sulphites, gluten, wheat and mustard.

  • 22 Ingredients
  • 5 Method Steps
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 long green chilli, deseeded (optional)
  • 2.5cm piece ginger, grated
  • 80g unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 150ml thickened cream
  • 2 tsp garam masala (Indian spice mix)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds, toasted
  • 1 cup (280g) thick Greek-style yoghurt
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Lebanese cucumber, finely chopped
  • 4 large naan breads
  • Coriander, to serve
  • Lemon wedges, to serve
  • Tandoori chicken
  • 800g chicken thigh fillets, cut into 4cm cubes
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) lemon juice
  • 120g thick Greek-style yoghurt
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp good-quality tandoori paste
  • 40g unsalted butter, melted
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  • Step 1For the tandoori chicken, toss chicken with juice and 1 teaspoon salt. Stand for 30 minutes. Add yoghurt, garlic and tandoori paste to chicken and stir to coat well, then cover and marinate in the fridge for 2-3 hours.
  • Step 2Preheat oven to 200°C.
  • Step 3Drain chicken. Place on a wire rack over a baking pan filled with water, brush with melted butter, then bake for 20 minutes or until golden and cooked through.
  • Step 4Meanwhile, place tomato, chilli and ginger in a blender and whiz to a smooth paste. Melt half the butter in a pan over medium-low heat. Add ground cumin and paprika and stir for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Add tomato paste and simmer, stirring, for 10 minutes or until thickened. Add cream and chicken to the sauce, then stir in remaining butter until melted. Stir in garam masala, cumin seeds and salt. Stir the yoghurt, garlic, lemon juice and most of the cucumber together. Season.
  • Step 5Top naan with butter chicken, yoghurt, coriander and remaining cucumber, then roll up and serve with lemon wedges.

Easy Butter Chicken with Naan

Think making Indian food at home is too much to handle? Just try this easy butter chicken with naan recipe. It’s a simple but delicious version of authentic butter chicken from India. Use tomato sauce, cream, and a handful of pantry spices to make your own homemade curry spice blend. Then mix with tender chunks of chicken for a meal that’s full of savory flavor. Even better when served with warmed Fresh Signature naan bread.

Fresh Signature Naan

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  • Ingredients & Instructions


  • 1package Fresh Signature Naan
  • 2tbsp. butter
  • ½lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs, cubed
  • 1large onion, diced
  • 2cloves garlic, minced
  • 2tsp. minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1tbsp. curry powder
  • 1tbsp. paprika
  • ¼tsp. salt
  • ¼tsp. pepper
  • 1cup tomato sauce
  • ¾cup 35% heavy cream
  • 1tbsp. lemon juice
  • ¼cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2tbsp. finely chopped fresh cilantro


  • Step 1Melt butter in large high-sided skillet set over medium heat; cook chicken for 5 to 8 minutes or until starting to brown. Stir in onion, garlic and ginger; cook for 5 to 8 minutes or until chicken is very tender. Stir in curry powder, paprika, salt and pepper; cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until fragrant.
  • Step 2Stir in tomato sauce and cream; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until slightly thickened. Stir in lemon juice.
  • Step 3Meanwhile, warm naan bread according to package directions.
  • Step 4Dollop yogurt over butter chicken; sprinkle with cilantro. Serve with naan bread for dipping.

Butter Chicken Recipe

This Butter Chicken Recipe is so easy and so delicious. It’s the perfect weeknight meal. Better than take out, you’ll love making this Indian Butter Chicken at home!

bowl of indian butter chicken recipe with rice and cilantro

We are such huge fans of Indian cooking around here, the flavors and spices are always so perfect. Nathan and I love getting chicken dishes, especially the ones that come with a lot of sauce that we can eat with rice and warm pieces of naan. The saucier the recipe, the better.

This take on Indian Butter Chicken is an absolute favorite in our house. Every single person in my family loves it and it is on the menu at least twice every month. That’s truly saying something for a mom that is regularly developing new recipes for work.

While this recipe may vary a little from traditional butter chicken, I am certain it will become a favorite in your house as well.


“This recipe has become a go to for my family! My husband loves requesting it. It’s super easy to make and delicious so thank you!”

overhead view of pan of butter chicken recipe with rice and cilantro

How to Make Butter Chicken

  1. Sauté the onions in oil. One of the keys to this recipe is to really let the onions cook down first before you add anything else. Allowing them to cook down first prevents the chicken from over cooking and the garlic from burning.
  2. Melt in the butter. After the butter is melted, add in the garlic and ginger and cook until just fragrant.
  3. Add in the chicken. These bite sized pieces of chicken will only need a minute or two. You want them to just cook on the outside but there is no need to cook them all the way through as they will finish cooking with the sauce.
  4. Season the dish. Now add in the garam masala, chili powder, salt and black pepper.
  5. Make the sauce. Stir in tomato puree, tomato paste, lemon juice, yogurt and half and half. Allow the sauce to simmer, cooking down for 10 minutes. There will still be lots of sauce left perfect for covering rice and dipping naan.
a package of gold'n plump chicken for a butter chicken recipe

Butter Chicken Without Cream

A lot of Butter Chicken recipes call for cream, but I opted out in this version. Instead I used yogurt and half and half, which give you the nice creaminess you are looking for without the heavy cream.

What is Half and Half?

Half and half is a product sold in the United States that is literally just half heavy cream and half whole milk. If you are making this outside of the U.S. you can substitute the 1 cup half and half with 1/2 a cup heavy cream and 1/2 a cup whole milk.

overhead view of a bowl of easy butter chicken with rice and cilantro

What is Garam Masala?

Garam masala is a spice blend that is used in a lot of traditional Indian cooking. It gives the recipe a little bit of a kick and a delicious signature flavor that really can’t be found using anything else.

What Can I Use Instead of Garam Masala?

I would really encourage you to go out and buy some Garam Masala for this recipe. Without it, the dish won’t have the same flavor. If you can’t find it at your grocery store, you can certainly look for a recipe that will help you make just a small amount.

But to really enjoy this creamy butter chicken recipe, throw in some garam masala!

Is Butter Chicken Spicy?

I didn’t think this dish was spicy, but my kids thought it had a little bit of a kick to it. It is the black pepper in this recipe that gives it the slight kick. If you are making this for picky eaters, I would suggest only adding a pinch of pepper instead of the whole amount.

chicken butter masala recipe in a bowl with rice and naan

Other 30 minute Chicken Recipes

  • My Cajun Chicken Alfredo will become another favorite. It is full of delicious yet easy flavors.
  • Our Chicken Salad is a recipe you should double so you have leftovers to take to work the following day.
  • Just like with my butter chicken, these Chicken Lettuce Wraps have the taste of take out in the comfort and ease of your own home.

If you make any of these great chicken recipes, leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

pan of creamy butter chicken with rice, cilantro and naan

Butter Chicken Recipe

Serves: 4 people

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Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 25 minutes

Total: 35 minutes

This Butter Chicken Recipe is so easy and so delicious. It’s the perfect weeknight meal. Better than take out, you’ll love making this Indian Butter Chicken at home!


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion diced small
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 pound Gold’n Plump Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Fillets diced into bit sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala read about garam masala here
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup half and half read about half and half here


  • In a large skillet, heat extra virgin olive oil.  Add diced onions and stir regularly, cooking until the onions are translucent – about four minutes.
  • Add the butter and allow it to melt completely.  Then stir in the ginger and garlic, cooking for about 30 seconds to a minute or until fragrant. Be careful not to burn it.
  • Add the chicken and cook, stirring often until the chicken is no longer pink on the outside, about 2 minutes. No need to cook it all the way through as it will continue cooking as you add the rest of the ingredients and simmer the recipe.
  • Now stir in the garam masala, chili powder, salt and black pepper.  Then pour in the tomato sauce, tomato paste, lemon juice, yogurt and half and half.  Stir to combine fully.  Bring to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes to allow the sauce to reduce.
  • The sauce will reduce but still be quite saucy. Serve with rice and naan.

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