February 08, 2012 | | Comments 5

Simple Butter Chicken

The Gilmore Park Church Community Kitchen resumed in late January. It’s been a month since we last met at the Christmas Potluck.

Minoo started the kitchen with 3 recipes. The theme for this kitchen was curry and comfort food.

Butter Chicken is certainly my family’s comfort food. Arkensen loves butter chicken.

Minoo served the butter chicken with a Quick Curried Couscous.

The Quick Curried Couscous had been covered in chowtimes.com before.


  • 2 lbs boneless chicken meat (cut into cubes)
  • 2 lbs tomatoes
  • lemon juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 packet Shan Butter Chicken mix

Source: Minoo adapted the recipe from a Pakistani family


Combine the butter chicken mix with 200ml water and juice from 1/2 lemon.
Marinate the chicken cubes in the marinates for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
Cut an X on the top of the tomatoes.
Boil the tomatoes in a pot of water for 10 minutes or until the tomatoes are soft and tender.
Drain the tomatoes and let cool. With the cut, the tomatoes skins can be peeled off easily.
Puree the tomatoes with a hand held blender or chop the tomatoes finely.
Melt the butter in a large saute pan on medium high heat.
Remove the marinated chicken with a slotted spoon.
Stir fry the chicken with butter for 10 minutes.
Add the marinates to the chicken.
Add the tomato purees and bring to a boil.

Cover and simmer on low heat for another 15 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked.

Season with salt and ground black pepper to taste.
Add half & half cream and cook for another 5 minutes.

Butter chicken is best served with steamed basmati rice or naan.

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  1. Doris Jung says:

    Thanks for the easy and delicious recipe. I’ve googled for where to get the Shan Butter Chicken Mix without success. Could you please tell me where you bought it? Thanks:-)

  2. Doris Jung says:

    Thanks, Suanne: here’s a link for their other locations, http://gallowaysfoods.com/

  3. Rayan says:

    I am sorry, but using Shan masala really isn’t ‘cooking’ it is the equivalent of using Kraft Dinner. You follow the box directions.

    This is disappointing given that Butter Chicken is actually very easy to make without resorting to pre-made mixes that are high in sodium.

    Lastly, half and half maybe a good compromise for health, but real butter chicken uses full cream.

    Shan Masala can be found in ANY Indian or Pakistani grocery store in the lower mainland.

  4. Rayan says:

    Also the box pictures is not in fact a Shan Butter Chicken Masala box. That box looks like this


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