Butter Chicken For One

This is the easiest Butter Chicken recipe you’ll find. Incredible flavors, quick and easy to make, this classic Indian dish will surely become a favorite.

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Butter Chicken is one of my favorite Indian dishes. This easy to make meal features tender cubes of chicken cooked in a mildly spiced curry.

After a long day at work, picking up takeout on the way home can see like the perfect plan. But if you’ve got a little time, you can enjoy this better-than-takeout butter chicken that cooks in just 30 minutes.

This butter chicken recipe is not 100 percent authentic and I won’t pretend it is, but it does deliver a quick, easy, and absolutely delicious meal without a long intimidating list of spices and ingredients needed.

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What Is Butter Chicken?

Butter Chicken is an Indian dish consisting of chicken marinated in yogurt and spices and cooked in a tomato-based sauce.

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How To Make Butter Chicken

For this butter chicken recipe, I use 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast.

Chop the chicken into cubes and marinate the chicken in a mixture of sour cream (or Greek yogurt), lemon juice and a wonderful blend of turmeric, garam masala (see notes on how to make your own) and ground cumin.

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While the chicken pieces are marinating in the wonderfully spiced marinade, make the sauce.

Chopped onions and garlic cook with cumin, ginger, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Finally, stir in a cup of tomato sauce and while the sauce simmers, cook the chicken.

The cooked chicken is added to the sauce along with about 1/4 cup of heavy cream.

This butter chicken is delightfully rich, creamy and so much healthier than takeout. Serve with rice.


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Notes: Garam Masala can be found in many supermarkets in the spice aisle. You can also make your own using this Garam Masala recipe.

To bake a single serving of rice (the perfect amount for this recipe), you might like to use the recipe found HERE.

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Butter Chicken Recipe For One

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Butter Chicken For One

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: chicken
Servings: 1 person
Author: Joanie Zisk



  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast , cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup sour cream , (or Greek yogurt)
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1/2 tablespoon Garam masala *see notes
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin


  • 2 tablespoons butter , divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup cooked rice

How To Video



  • Mix together the sour cream, lemon juice, turmeric, Garam masala and cumin together in a medium-sized bowl. Add the chicken pieces and stir so that all of the chicken pieces are completely covered. Cover bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.


  • Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions to the pan and cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic, cumin, ginger, cinnamon and salt and  cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the tomato sauce, reduce heat to low and simmer.
  • While the sauce is simmering, melt the remaining tablespoon of butter in another medium-sized skillet set to medium-high heat.
  • Add the pieces of chicken to the pan and cook for 5 minutes per side until browned.
  • Remove the chicken from the pan and add to the sauce. Simmer another 5-10 minutes. Stir in the cream and cook, stirring for 1 minute.
  • Serve with rice.


Garam Masala is a spice that can be found in most supermarkets. You can also make your own using this recipe – https://onedishkitchen.com/easy-garam-masala-recipe/
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13 thoughts on “Butter Chicken For One”

    1. Hi Carol,

      The marinade is rather thick so it will cling to the chicken as you put it in the pan. I would definitely NOT advise adding the marinade that held the raw chicken into the sauce at the end. Once a marinade has come in contact with raw chicken, it is absolutely not safe to consume.


  1. 5 stars
    I’ve always wanted to try making this. Your recipe looks so easy I think I’ll finally give it a shot, thanks so much!

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