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.


  • 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


Simple-Butter-Chicken-2Combine the butter chicken mix with 200ml water and juice from 1/2 lemon.
Simple-Butter-Chicken-5Marinate the chicken cubes in the marinates for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
Simple-Butter-Chicken-4Cut an X on the top of the tomatoes.
Simple-Butter-Chicken-6Boil the tomatoes in a pot of water for 10 minutes or until the tomatoes are soft and tender.
Simple-Butter-Chicken-7Drain the tomatoes and let cool. With the cut, the tomatoes skins can be peeled off easily.
Simple-Butter-Chicken-8Puree the tomatoes with a hand held blender or chop the tomatoes finely.
Simple-Butter-Chicken-10Melt the butter in a large saute pan on medium high heat.
Simple-Butter-Chicken-9Remove the marinated chicken with a slotted spoon.
Simple-Butter-Chicken-11Stir fry the chicken with butter for 10 minutes.
Simple-Butter-Chicken-12Add the marinates to the chicken.
Simple-Butter-Chicken-13Add 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.

Simple-Butter-Chicken-15Add half & half cream and cook for another 5 minutes.

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

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Doris Jung

    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:-)

    1. Suanne

      Hi Doris, Minoo told us that she bought it from Galloway’s Specialty Food at 7860 Alderbridge Way, Richmond.

  2. Rayan

    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.

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