This perfect butter chicken recipe from Julio Castellano, will have you wanting more.


  • 75g unsalted butter

  • 1kg chicken breast fillets ( chunky diced 2cm cubes )

  • 1 medium sized brown onion ( finely diced)

  • 3 cloves of garlic (minced or finely diced)

  • 1 Tablespoon fresh ginger (finely grated)

  • 3 teaspoons garam masala

  • 1 teaspoon ground chilli powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamon

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne

  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 bayleaf

  • 400g can of tomato puree

  • 250 ml thickened cream (1 cups)

  • 250 ml full fat yogurt (1 cups)

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 125 ml chicken stock

  • Salt and pepper to season

  • Steamed Basmati rice or rice of your choice to serve

  • Fresh coriander for garnish


  • 1.

    For chicken marinade: Mix yoghurt, lemon juice, ground coriander, cayenne, turmeric, garam masala, chilli, cumin, garlic and ginger in a bowl then add the diced chicken and mix together well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours if you can it is better to marinate overnight.

  • 2.

    Melt the 75 grams of butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, bay leaf and cardamom and cook until it begins to soften about three minutes. Turn down to a low heat then add the chicken and all its marinate and cook for 5 minutes. Add the tomato puree and stock and then simmer for 10 minutes. Add in the cream and yoghurt and cook out for another 10 minutes until the sauce is nice and thick. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  • 3.

    Meanwhile cook the Basmati or other rice of your choice to have serve with it.

  • 4.

    Serve on a bed of rice and garnish with fresh coriander. Enjoy.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (5 servings)

  • Energy 714kj
  • Fat Total 50g
  • Saturated Fat 25g
  • Protein 47g
  • Carbohydrate 18g
  • Sugar 9g
  • Sodium 1053mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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