Butter Chicken

Years ago I came up with my own Butter Chicken spice blend based on the best parts of two recipes and what tasted most like the Butter Chicken I had eaten in top Indian Restaurants. From the very first time I cooked Butter Chicken in the Thermomix I used my own recipe, it was the very first recipe I converted. My recipe has quite a lot of ingredients as everything is made from scratch. To save time I had already adapted my own version to no longer require the meat to be marinated in yoghurt and spices but lately with a newborn in the house, anything we can do to save on cooking time (anything time) is a bonus so we decided to try the recipe from the EDC. In my opinion it is not a butter chicken recipe, it is closer in flavour to a Malabar sauce which is extremely mild. The EDC version is a good week night family curry recipe that is mild enough for even a two year old to enjoy but not an authentic Butter Chicken. Like all Butter Chicken recipes the EDC version had an abundance of sauce, keep your eyes peeled on Instagram for a new recipe coming this week using the leftover EDC sauce. I hope you enjoy my Butter Chicken recipe!



6 large chicken thighs, quartered, excess fat removed

3 cloves garlic

1 large onion

80g butter

2 teaspoons Garam Masala

2 teaspoons ground coriander

¾ teaspoon chili powder

2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger

4 cardamom pods bruised

3 teaspoons paprika

1 teaspoon salt

1 cinnamon stick

30g white vinegar

80g tomato paste

120g natural yoghurt

1 ½ teaspoons stock paste

1 can of diced tomatoes

120g thickened cream

I love finding whole spices in the sauce when I eat



Add onion and garlic and mince 2-3 Seconds, Speed 7

Add butter and cook 2min, 100c, Speed 1

Add all remaining ingredients except cream and cook 15min, 100c, Speed 1

Add cream and cook for 3min, 100c, Speed 1


Ready to start cooking?

The colour difference in the sauces is obvious, the lighter coloured is the thermomix version the darker sauce is my version


To adjust the heat add more or less cream, this version has quite a bit of bite but isn’t overly hot.

19 Comments Add yours

  1. Christie says:

    Omgosh! This is delicious! Thank you!

  2. Larsen says:

    I agree we made this tonight and i have made 2 other versions of butter chicken and this is the best by far! Thanks so much for sharing this is definitely a keeper!

  3. Hi

    This was the first meal I ever made in the thermomix and it was absolutely delicious. You’ve set a high standard for every other meal to follow!

    There was a lot of sauce left over at the end and you mentioned you were going to post a recipe with what to do with this leftover sauce.

    Are you able to post a link to it – I’m really interested.

    Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  4. Rennie says:

    This was seriously the best butter chicken I’ve ever eaten. Thank you. Will definitely make this again. Yum. Yum.

    1. Mrs P says:

      Glad you liked it Rennie!

  5. Norelle says:

    Hi there, what is stock paste? Can i substitute it for anything? Looks delish, thanks 🙂

    1. Mrs P says:

      Hi Norelle,
      Stock paste is in the Everyday Cookbook (EDC) making your own stock is really simple, takes about 20 mins and uses vegetable scraps and salt, it keeps in the fridge for up to 6 months. The recipe in the EDC (see the link below) requires a specific mix of fruit & veg but as you get more comfortable making it you’ll start throwing everything and anything that is leftover in your fridge. My current batch is orange and past batches have been every hue from yellow to red to dark green. Hope that helped! http://www.recipecommunity.com.au/basics-recipes/vegetable-stock-concentrate/17315

  6. I made your butter chicken for my family tonight, it was awesome! Definitely a keeper, this recipe. Even my 15 month old son enjoyed it – kept saying “More! More!”


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  8. Brooke Hicks says:

    this is amazing 🙂 butter chicken novice here but have made it twice so far and we just love it!! quick to make once everything is prepped too! probably highly inappropriate to do but i added potatoes and broccoli to make use of the sauce, and with a bit of extra cream the 14 month old ate it all up too. thank you!!

    1. Anita says:

      I have tried a few recipes in thermo for butter chicken but this is by far the yummiest. I did add 180g ground cashews and a teaspoon of smoked paprika. Outstanding 😄💛

  9. pi517301 says:

    OH EM GEE, I’ve been hearing about this butter chicken recipe of yours and it does not disappoint, tastes like it was copoking aware for hours #best #thermomix #butter #chicken #recipe BY FAR

  10. Karen Gready says:

    This recipe restored my faith in my Thermomix! We love it! I had tried quite a few other versions and didn’t like them at all, I was starting to think it was me!

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  12. Melissa says:

    This is the best butter chicken I’ve ever tasted:)))) Perfect:))

  13. I made this tonight, i had to use REAL tomatoes and all cream instead of yoghurt , but THANK YOU, it was brilliant and done in 20 mins! Everyone raves about skinnymixers butter chicken, buy i went through the hour of steps and our family was a bit like ok, but not great, this is much better and much easiar, thanks alot

  14. Judith says:

    Thank you for this incredibly tasty recipe – so simple but delicious. It has become a regular at my house.

  15. Sal says:

    looking at this recipe, i dont make the stock paste as my sister is a dietician and said it is way to high in salt so just trying to work out how to convert using a liquid stock that i make myself, any ideas would be helpful as I would love to try your receipe! 🙂

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