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Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken

There is nothing better than homemade Butter Chicken.  My tip with this is to double up when making the spice mix and keep a jar handy in the cupboard for next time.  I’ve been know to rub that spice mix on a whole chicken as well for something different (but yummy).


  • 1kg Free Range Chicken Breast or Thighs
  • 1 batch Homemade Butter Chicken Spice MixIMG_6176
  • 1 brown onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  •  3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 400g can coconut cream
  • 3 tbps fresh lemon juice
  • 200g tomato paste
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 red capsicum, diced
  • 1/2 cauliflower, roughly chopped
  • 200g green beans, halved
  • 1 zucchini, sliced


  • Using a large heavy based saucepan, heat coconut oil on medium and fry onion and garlic until soft and fragrant.
  • Add chicken and fry until it starts to change colour.  Move chicken to side of pot and add in spice mix.  Fry for 1-2 minutes to release flavours.
  • Add coconut cream, tomato paste, lemon juice and salt and stir thoroughly.  Cover and bring to boil then reduce heat to low.
  • Add vegetables and simmer for 10 minutes until chicken and vegetables are tender.
  • Serve with rice and roti bread.

You don’t traditionally have vegetables in your butter chicken but this is such a family favourite the kids will eat the vegies without complaint.

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One Response to Butter Chicken

  1. DEBORAH MAUREEN WAY April 13, 2021 at 7:46 am #

    This has to be ‘the best’ butter chicken recipe I have ever discovered. My big family of adults and grandchildren LOVE your recipe Alison. From a New Zealand cook.

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