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Butter chicken

Prep time overnight
Cook time overnight
Serves 4
From Something for the Weekend
A mild, creamy curry that's sure to please all tastes. Don't be put off by the long list of ingredients - it's very easy to make.


  1. For the marinade, mix all of the marinade ingredients together in a bowl until well combined. Add the chicken breasts and make sure they’re well covered in the marinade. Set aside to marinate in the fridge for 12 hours, or overnight.

  2. when the chicken has marinated, preheat the grill to it's highest setting. Remove the chicken breasts from the marinade, shaking off any excess, and grill for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until the coating is golden-brown. Baste the chicken breasts with the butter and a little lemon juice.

  3. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6 and roast the chicken for 10-12 minutes, or until cooked through.

  4. Meanwhile, for the sauce, heat the butter in a frying pan over a medium heat and fry the onion for 4-5 minutes, or until softened. Add the ginger and garlic and cook for a further minute, then stir in the tomato purée, chillies and chilli powder and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

  5. Reduce the heat, stir in the cream and simmer for a further minute, then add the chicken breasts to the sauce. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  6. Serve with basmati rice and naan bread.

  7. To serve, place the butter chicken breasts onto serving plates and drizzle over the sauce. Sprinkle over the coriander. Spoon the basmati rice alongside and serve with the naan bread.


For the marinade

  • 100ml/3½fl oz plain yoghurt
  • 1 lime, juice only
  • 15g/½oz garlic, crushed
  • 2.5cm/1in piece fresh root ginger, grated
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • pinch paprika
  • pinch salt

For the chicken

  • 4 x 150g/5½oz chicken breasts
  • 25g/1oz unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ lemon

For the sauce

  • 100g/3½oz unsalted butter
  • 1 onion, grated
  • 2.5cm/1in piece fresh root ginger, grated
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 100g/3½oz tomato purée
  • 2 small red chillies
  • pinch chilli powder
  • 200ml/7fl oz double cream
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

To serve

  • handful fresh coriander
  • naan bread
  • basmati rice

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