Classic butter chicken

Coles Cooking Club member Lisa Fudge shares her son Nick’s delicious butter chicken recipe. Filled with spices, this simple but flavoursome dish is an easy-to-master staple. To join the Coles Cooking Club Facebook group, go to





  • 1 tbs oil
  • 20g butter
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp finely grated ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 3 Coles Australian RSPCA Approved Chicken Breast Fillets, chopped
  • 1/2 cup (100g) tomato paste
  • 1 tbs garam masala
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 cup (250ml) thickened cream



Heat a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add oil, butter and onion. Cook, stirring, for 3-4 mins or until the onion is light golden. Add the ginger and garlic. Stir for 30 secs or until aromatic.


Add the chicken, tomato paste, garam masala, chilli powder, mustard seeds, cumin, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 mins or until chicken is cooked through.


Reduce heat to medium-low. Add the cream and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 mins or until the mixture thickens. Transfer to a large serving dish. 

Serve with coriander sprigs, toasted flaked almonds, naan bread, yoghurt and steamed basmati rice

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