This will become a family favourite in your house, just like it is in mine.  



1kg chicken thighs

1 jar tomato passata

2 medium onions

2 inches of fresh ginger or 2 tbsp crushed ginger

1 whole bulb of garlic or 2 tbsp crushed garlic

4 long green chillies

Juice of 1 lemon

1 cup Greek yogurt

2 tbsp garam masala

2 tsp smoked paprika

1 tbsp red chilli powder

1 tbsp cardamom powder

1 tbsp fenugreek seeds (optional but delicious)

150gms butter


  1. Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces.

  3. To the chicken, add the lemon juice, yogurt and 1 tbsp of garam masala.  Then mix it through and let it sit while you prepare the other ingredients.

  5. In a blender, add the garlic, ginger, green chillies, onions and blend until pureed.

  7. Put a pan on the heat with a glug of oil.

  9. When it’s hot, add the onion mix and cook, stirring for a few minutes. You want it to be cooked but not caramelised.

  11. In a separate smaller pan, add the remaining spices.  Then place it on a low heat and cook while stirring until it smells delicious. A few minutes will do it.

  13. Add the spices to the the onion mix and cook the mixture for a further few minutes.

  15. Now add the chicken mix and stir through.

  17. Add a cup of water, the jar of passata and bring it to the boil. Then reduce the heat and put the lid on for 15 mins.

  19. Take the lid off, turn up the heat and reduce the liquid for about 10 mins until it is nice and thick.

  21. Now add the butter and stir until it is melted.

  23. Your butter chicken is ready. I love to eat it with rice with a tablespoon of ghee and salt stirred through once it is cooked. 


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