Butter Chicken


I have not been in the cooking mood that I usually am. I truly think it is due to the lack of space in my kitchen. However, we may be moving here soon so I am excited. Anyway back to my point (I know I had one). I have never really used my crock pot much due to the fact when I was pregnant I bought one of those frozen crock meals, well it was the most horrid thing we have ever ate. Therefore, my husband just thought that is how all crock food tasted. It came to me that I have a crock pot and that it’s pretty easy from what I hear, I was sure I could make my husband a crock pot believer. So as you see I have been using it every night for the past few nights and I continue to. The food I have made so far has been nothing less of amazing and so easy. And guess what? He believes!

This butter chicken OH MY GOSH you all. I was so impressed with myself that I could not even believe I made this. It was as if someone snuck it in from an Indian restaurant. The chicken was so soft it was actually shredding.

4-5 boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons garam masala
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
2 teaspoons coriander
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon sunflower oil
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ginger, ground
2 garlic cloves, diced
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cardamom, ground
1/2 onion, diced
3/4 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup tomato paste
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 small green chili
1/2 cup yogurt
1/4 cup Half and Half or heavy whipping cream

1. In a 9-inch skillet on medium heat add oil, butter, chicken, garam masala, turmeric, coriander, chili powder, paprika, ginger, onions, garlic, cinnamon, cardamom and salt, mix well. Cook until chicken is lightly white. (Do not fully cook you only want to brown).

2. Add skillet mixture into crock-pot. Add chicken stock, vinegar and tomato paste. Remove top from chili and add to crock-pot whole. 15 minutes before recipe is done add yogurt and cream, mix well. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for hour hours.

Yields: 4 servings

18 Responses to Butter Chicken

  • meeso says:

    That’s a great new way to use a crock pot! Your recipe sounds really yummy :) Back when I worked in a group home, a lot of people would buy convenience foods to make it easier for staff and it is most of that stuff awful! I have tried those crock pot meals and they are really bad! Glad you tried something much tastier, and homemade!!!

  • Nazarina A says:

    I do not have a crock pot, but after reading your post and this delectable butter chicken with all its simple yet magical ingredients, I now would like to purchase a small one. It would ease up my life a lot!

  • Cynthia says:

    Okay, now you’ve made me really hungry. I go to my kitchen in search of food.

  • Sarah Craig says:

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  • Sonia says:

    After reading this recipe, I wanted to buy a crock pot, so finally I got one. I tried this recipe for dinner last night, and OMG!!!!!!! It was awesome!!!!!! You should’ve seen my 3 year old daughter licking her plate….lol!!!

    I just omitted the green chilies, cuz kids wouldn’t be able to eat it. But this a FABULOUS recipe which is soooooooooo easy!!!!

  • Noor says:

    I am so glad that everyone loved the recipe. My husband keeps asking me when I am going to make it again, lol.. Enjoy

  • umm ahmed says:

    I made this for dinner the other night and it was delicious I’ll make this again for sure.

  • safiyah says:

    very similar to chicken tikka masala, which we all love. but cooking it for 8 hours in a crock pot sounds like a really, really good idea. i will have to try it soon~

  • Lynette says:

    The recipe doesn’t say when to add the vinegar or the butter. I assume the butter goes with the oil and the vinegar goes with the chicken stock? Also, when you list green chili is there a particular type you use? I’m not sure if this is something mild like bell pepper or something more like jalapeno.

  • Lynette says:

    The recipe does not state when to add the butter or the vinegar. I assume the butter goes with the oil and the vinegar goes with the stock? Also, is there a specific type of green pepper? I’m not sure if this means something mild like a bell pepper or something more like a jalapeno.

  • Noor says:

    Thanks for letting me know you were right and I have added that to the recipe. Green chili is a type of chili you can look it up to see what it looks like. They are small and skinny and VERY hot. You have to wear gloves to touch them or a towel, etc. You can not eat them but they have a great flavor. The ones in the states are NOT as hot as here so you could eat though :)

  • Anonymous says:

    Just wondering about when to add the yogurt and cream. Do you mean add it 15 minutes before the 8 hours are up or 15 minutes before you put it in the crockpot

  • Laura says:

    Hello Noor,

    I came across your blog in ’09 and have always wanted to try your butter chicken recipe. Now, 4 years later I made it!!Over the weekend, my partner realized that he found a crock pot in his storage room. When he told me I immediately thought ” Oh goody, now I can try Noor’s butter chicken recipe” So yesterday, I bought all the ingredients and followed your instructions to the T. It was one of the most amazing butter chicken I have ever made!!!! My partner thought it was bought from a restaurant but when I told him I made it, he asked whether its from a ready made package ! I boasted by saying everything was made from scratch ! He was very very impressed. Thank you soooooo much for sharing your recipes !!! Keep up the amazing job!!!

    • Noor says:

      Thank you so much for being a long time follower of my site I am really happy that you enjoy it. Also I am glad you enjoyed the recipe its also one of my favorites and thank you for taking the time to let me know how much you enjoyed it :)

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