My Version of Butter Chicken (Simplified)

I hate to admit this but I had a minor breakdown while walking up and down the aisle doing groceries shopping last week. I wanted to cook spicy food but couldn't find the spices for it, couldn't find fresh chilli and all of a sudden it hit me...I want my curry noodles, I want my all time favourite prawn noodles, I want proper Malaysian food and I couldn't make it myself because I couldn't find the ingredients. So what did I do? I broke down and cry in the middle of the grocery store. Thinking back it's stupid and embarrassing but I couldn't stop the flood gate at that time.

To curb my cravings, I bought bottled ready made butter chicken sauce to cook but somehow after putting down little tyke for his afternoon nap, I decided to go online and research how to make butter chicken from scratch and to my surprise, it is not that hard. Me being me, I read countless recipe and finally came up with my own, surprisingly it is decent and hubby dearest is a huge fan of it.

Please don't be nasty about this recipe, this is NOT an original butter chicken recipe, it is my own simplified version of it. If any of you do give this a try then please let me know if you like it or how you put your own twist to it. Let's cook!

Butter Chicken

2 large chicken breasts; cut into bite pieces
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp black pepper

2 tbs butter
1 onion; roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 inch ginger; sliced

1 tsp cayenne pepper (Please use ONLY 1/2 tsp if you cannot take spicy)
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp garam masala

3/4 cup half and half
1/4 cup sour cream
1 1/2 tbs tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon garam masala

Salt to taste

Oil for frying

Cooking method:
1. Mix (A) together and leave it for at least an hour in the fridge. 
2. Fry chicken until no longer pink and set aside on paper towel to drain excess oil.
3. Cook (B) until fragrant, roughly for 3 minutes and then add chicken pieces.
4. Add (Spices), make sure chicken pieces are well coated and cook until fragrant, roughly for 5 minutes.
5. Add (Sauce), mix well, taste and add salt as needed and cook for another 5 minutes or until chicken is well coated with sauce.
6. Serve it while it's hot, enjoy!


1. I personally like frying the chicken beforehand as I find it to taste better but I am using Air Fryer to do this step so it's healthier than frying with oil. 

2. You can skip coating the chicken with flour and frying it. Just cook chicken with (B) and continue with the rest of the steps. 

3. Add your favourite vegetables with it, peas are a very good addition. 

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