Easy Butter Chicken Curry

Easy Butter Chicken Curry

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This easy butter chicken curry is a wonderful way to use up leftover roast chicken for a rich and beautifully tasty midweek meal that’ll have everyone asking for more.

If you’re a fan of rich dishes like this Indian butter chicken, check out our slow & low page for more great ideas and inspiration. Our Chipotle Paste would work just as well in other curries such as chicken tikka masala.

  • Prep time

    30 mins

  • Cook time

    45 mins

  • Total time

    1 hour 15 mins

  • Ideal for


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  • Serves


How to make it


  1.  Heat the vegetable oil in a large pan over a low–medium heat. Add the onion, stir and fry for about 15 minutes until completely softened, but not browned.
  2. Reduce the heat slightly, add the garlic and fry for about 3 minutes, stirring regularly to avoid burning.
  3. Add the chipotle chilli paste, lemon juice, garam masala, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Stir well and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the chopped tomatoes, the tomato purée and about 1½ tablespoons of water. Stir and cook for 15 minutes over a medium heat.
  5. Reduce the heat, then stir in the cream and the butter until melted.
  6. Add the leftover chicken (chopped or ripped into bitesized chunks).
  7. Stir well and adjust the seasoning if needed. Continue to cook over a low–medium heat for about 5–10 minutes, or until the chicken is hot throughout (you don’t really want to cook it too much as it will dry out quickly).
  8. Stir in some coriander leaves and serve with rice.

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Ian Littlebury
Ian Littlebury
3 months ago
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Really like this recipe. Simple and tasty – kids enjoy it too

3 months ago
Reply to  Ian Littlebury

That’s great to hear, and also that the kids enjoy it too. Thanks Ian! 😀
For more kid friendly Mexican recipes try these – https://gran.luchito.com/cooking/family-meal-ideas/

Last edited 3 months ago by Celia - Chica Chismosa - Gran Luchito
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