Tomato Butter Chicken

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When I first moved to Seattle, I was not an adventurous eater.

And I don't mean adventurous in some outrageous way. I mean it in the never-tried-any-non-American-food way. Sad, right?

However, after living in this wonderfully diverse city for some time now, I can happily say that I have broadened my palette. From sushi to saag and from Thai curries to dim sum, I seek out and savor a multitude of cuisines.

There's really only one problem with my relatively newfound love of various cultural dishes: Eating out all the time is expensive, but it can be hard to make these dishes at home.

Well, fret no more! With this tomato butter chicken recipe, I'm about to save you some sweet cash.


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 of an onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 15 ounce can of tomato sauce
  • 15 ounce can of coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 tablespoons tandoori masala
  • 1 pound of cubed chicken breast


  1. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and garlic, cooking about 15 minutes or until the onion caramelizes.
  3. Add tomato sauce, coconut milk, cayenne pepper, garam masala, and tandoori masala.
  4. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low and cover the skillet.
  5. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add the chicken to the sauce and simmer for 5-10 minutes, or until chicken is done.
  7. Serve with fluffed basmati rice.

With only one dirty pan, this recipe is easy-peasy! Also, incredibly delicious. Am I right?

The hardest part of this butter chicken recipe is finding the ingredients. I have the lucky fortune of living just down the street from an Indian market, but I know many of you do not. If that's the case, you may need to jump online to have some garam masala and tandoori masala sent your way. Luckily, the spices aren't unduly expensive and tend to come in large enough quantities that you can get several dishes from them.

Now you can save your trips to your local Indian restaurant for date night...Or to get a helping of saag paneer, which is a dish I have yet to crack!

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