Speedy butter chicken (20 minute meal!)

This creamy, speedy butter chicken is the perfect mid-week meal to impress your family. I’ve opted to use chicken thigh, so the meat is tender and juicy despite skipping the marinating time.

In the time it takes your rice to cook, you’ll have dinner on the table. This recipe also freezes really well, and can feed a crowd (the recipe below serves 4 adults, but you can easily double).

Creamy, rich and packed full of flavour, this mild chicken curry is just as good as your local takeout. I serve mine with garlic butter rice, a little coriander, and of course, buttery naan bread. I just buy my naan bread from my local supermarket and heat it in the microwave (after running under the tap for a couple of seconds). You can find simple naan recipe online though, if you want to put in the extra effort.

Speedy butter chicken (20 minute meal!)

This butter chicken absolutely matches your local takeout, it’s warm, creamy and comforting and has an incredible flavour that’s mild enough for little mouths. Ready in just 20 minutes, this speedy butter chicken is the perfect weeknight meal. 

Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 15 mins Total Time 20 mins Difficulty: Beginner Servings: 4


Chicken marinade

Sauce ingredients

To serve


  1. Prepare chicken

    Cut your chicken thigh into small cubes. Set aside.

  2. Prepare your marinade

    Add all marinade ingredients (besides chicken and olive oil) to a bowl and mix with a spoon. Add in with chicken and stir through.

  3. Cook your chicken

    Cook your chicken over medium-high heat in a little olive oil for 5 minutes. It will continue cooking in the sauce.

  4. Add sauce ingredients and simmer

    Add your cumin and garam masala and stir for one minute, then add cream and passata. Simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes. Sauce will slightly thicken and chicken will cook through.

  5. Serve

    Serve with a warm, buttered naan (I purchased mine from Woolworths), rice and a sprinkle of coriander. Enjoy! Feel free to freeze the sauce (before you mix with rice).

Keywords: quick butter chicken, creamy butter chicken, speedy butter chicken, toddler meal, 20 minute dinner


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