Indian Butter Chicken

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Chicken in a spicy and creamy sauce.

Also known as «Chicken Makhani», it is a classic Indian dish with many different versions. This one I have inherited from my grandmother.

Preparation : 15 min Cooking : 30 min
320 calories/serving
  • Can be done in advance
  • Can be frozen
  • Easy
  • Gluten Free
  • Halal
  • Diabetes-friendly


2 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, diced 600 g
3 tbsp butter, unsalted, clarified 40 g
1 onions, finely chopped 200 g
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon 1 g
2 tsp gingerroot, grated 9 g
1 clove garlic, crushed
3 cardamom pods 1 g
1 tsp turmeric 3 g
1/2 dried chili peppers, minced 0.2 g
1 tbsp tomato paste 18 g
1/4 cup slivered almonds, finely ground 18 g
1/2 cup canned tomatoes, low sodium 130 g
1/2 cup yogurt, plain, 2% 130 g
1/4 cup cream 15% 65 mL
3 tbsp fresh cilantro [optional] 6 g
1 pinch salt [optional] 0.2 g
ground pepper to taste [optional]

Before you start

This recipe requires ghee, which is clarified butter. Since it allows cooking at higher temperatures than regular butter, ghee is able to enhance the flavour of the spices. It may be homemade or bought at an ethnic market. Alternatively, it may be reaplced by a mixture of butter and oil.


  1. Cut the chicken breasts into cubes then set aside.
  2. In a large pan, heat the ghee (clarified butter) over medium-high heat. Sauté the finely chopped onion and cinnamon 3-4 min then add the grated ginger, crushed garlic, cardamom pods, turmeric and minced chili pepper. Cook 1 min with constant stirring. Add the chicken pieces and sauté until they lose their pink colour. Add the tomato paste, ground almonds and diced tomatoes. Stir, cover, lower the heat and simmer about 25 min.
  3. In the meantime, mix the yogurt and cream in a small bowl. Add the mixture to the pan at the very end and cook an additional 1-2 min without letting it boil. Add salt and pepper to taste and remove the cardamom pods. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves then serve.

Nutrition Facts Table

per 1 serving (250g)


% Daily Value




13 g

21 %

Saturated 6.2 g
+ Trans 0.3 g

33 %


110 mg


120 mg

5 %


12 g

4 %


2 g

8 %


6 g


38 g

Vitamin A

27 %

Vitamin C

14 %


12 %


17 %

Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Vegetables and Fruits : 1 servings
Grain Products : 0 serving
Milk and Alternatives : ¼ serving
Meat and Alternatives : 1 ¾ servings


This recipe is :
Low  :
Source of  :
Calcium, Copper, Folacin, Vitamin B1, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin K
Good source of  :
Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B2, Vitamin E, Zinc
Excellent source of  :
Niacin, Phosphorus, Potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6
Free  :
Added Sugar


1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Food Group Exchanges
Vegetables 1
Milk and Alternatives 0
Meat and Alternatives 4
Fats 2

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This recipe is in the following categories

Poultry | Main courses/Entrées | High Iron | Halal | Low Sodium | Diabetes-friendly | Indian