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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.

A bowl of butter chicken with a fork and a spoon next to another bowl of white rice

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

Why I Love This Recipe

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 and the desire to enjoy a home-cooked meal, you can enjoy this better-than-takeout Butter Chicken that cooks in just 30 minutes.

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This Butter Chicken recipe is not 100 percent authentic and I won't pretend it is, but it does deliver a quick, easy, and deliciously spiced chicken dinner without a long intimidating list of spices and ingredients needed.

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Ingredient Notes

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

FOR THE MARINADE

  • Chicken: I use 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • Sour cream: You may use greek yogurt if preferred.
  • Lemon juice: For best flavor, I like to use freshly squeezed lemon juice but you can use bottled instead.
  • Spices: Turmeric, ground cumin, and Garam masala (homemade or store-bought). Garam Masala can be found in many supermarkets in the spice aisle.

FOR THE BUTTER CHICKEN SAUCE

  • Butter: Use salted butter. This is used for cooking the chicken and also the onions and garlic.
  • Vegetables: Chopped onions and garlic.
  • Spices: Ground cumin, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, and salt. Key spices found in Butter Chicken.
  • Tomato sauce: Use your favorite jarred brand or use homemade.
  • Heavy cream: This ingredient delivers a wonderful richness to the sauce.

Serve with cooked rice.

How To Make This Recipe

  1. Chop the chicken into 1-inch cubes and marinate the chicken in a marinade mixture. While the chicken pieces are marinating make the sauce.
  2. Melt 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.
  3. Stir in tomato sauce, reduce heat to low and simmer.
  4. 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.
  5. Remove the chicken from the pan and add to the pan with the sauce. Simmer another 5-10 minutes. Stir in the cream and cook, stirring for 1 minute.
  6. Serve with rice.
An overhead view of a bowl of butter chicken with a fork and a spoon next to another bowl of white rice

Expert Tips

  • This Butter Chicken recipe calls for using Garam Masala, a spice commonly found in the spice aisle in many grocery stores. You can also make your own by using the recipe on our website.
  • You can use full-fat coconut milk or half & half instead of cream if you prefer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Butter Chicken Spicy?

No, this version of Butter Chicken is not spicy. Feel free to add a pinch of cayenne pepper or finely chopped jalapeños to your version if you'd prefer more heat.

How Do I Store Butter Chicken?

Store leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Reheat in the microwave.

What Size Pan Is Best To Use With This Recipe?

When making this single serving recipe, I use a 10-inch skillet. For best results, use a pan of a similar size. For more information on the baking dishes I use in our “recipes for one”, please visit our FAQ page.
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What To Do With Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients left over from this Butter Chicken recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes.

Serving Suggestions

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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
Keywords: butter chicken, chicken
Servings: 1 person
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

FOR THE MARINADE

  • 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

FOR THE BUTTER CHICKEN

  • 2 tablespoons salted 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

Instructions

TO MAKE THE MARINADE

  • 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.

TO MAKE THE BUTTER CHICKEN

  • 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.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • This Butter Chicken recipe calls for using Garam Masala, a spice commonly found in the spice aisle in many grocery stores. You can also make your own by using the recipe on our website.
  • You can use full-fat coconut milk or half & half instead of cream if you prefer.

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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18 thoughts on “Butter Chicken For One”

  1. Mostly one chicken breast in your country is how many grams… As im from the philippines… Our chicken here is smaller in size… Thanks

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