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.

Butter Chicken For One - chicken cooked in a wonderful blend of Indian spices. This easy to make, classic recipe is ideal for anyone cooking for one. | One Dish Kitchen

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

It’s a surprisingly easy dish to make and once you see just how quickly it all comes together, you just might find yourself skipping the takeout and making it in the comfort of your own home.

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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.

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 and ground cumin.

Butter Chicken For One - chicken cooked in a wonderful blend of Indian spices. This easy to make, classic recipe is ideal for anyone cooking for one. | One Dish Kitchen

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

Butter Chicken For One | One Dish Kitchen

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



  • 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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11 thoughts on “Butter Chicken For One”

  1. 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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