Ultimate and Speedy Butter Chicken - Recipe from Spice Kitchen

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We are really excited to welcome Spice Kitchen to our blog.

They have shared three recipes inspired by the spices and ingredients in our new Indian Cooking and Beer Hamper.

If you know some who loves their curry, enjoys Indian cooking and savours a delicious beer, then this is the perfect gift for them. Make sure you share all the recipes with them too.

See also:

Mamma Spice’s Chickpea Curry

Legendary Tandoori Chicken

Ultimate and speedy butter chicken curry

Ultimate (and Speedy Butter) Chicken

From the brand new Spice Kitchen Cookbook - order here

Butter chicken is often considered to be one of those dishes that takes ages to prepare and to cook, but this version will give you flavourful results in almost half the time with half the effort.

Just allow your chicken to marinate overnight so that the meat is more succulent and the flavours can develop.




500g boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size chunks

2 tbsp vegetable, sunflower or rapeseed oil

2 tbsp ghee
1 tbsp mustard seeds

1 tbsp cumin seeds
1 onion, sliced
2 tsp Ginger-Garlic Paste

1 tbsp Garam Masala

400g can plum tomatoes
1⁄2 tsp Harissa
1 tsp salt
50ml double cream

1 tsp sugar




100g Greek-style yoghurt

2 tbsp Ginger-Garlic Paste

1 tbsp Garam Masala
1⁄2 tsp Harissa
1 tsp salt


To serve


Naan bread
Basmati Rice
1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander




1) Make the marinade by combining all the ingredients in a large, non-metallic bowl. Add the chicken and give everything a good stir to combine. Cover and leave in the fridge overnight if you can, or for at least 2 hours to permeate the meat.

2) When you are ready to cook, heat the oil in a large, heavy- bottomed frying pan (skillet) over a medium heat. Add the chicken pieces with the marinade, and fry until browned, turning just once and resisting the urge to move them around the pan. They will need about 3 minutes on each side (you will finish cooking the chicken later in the sauce). Set aside.


3) Give the pan a quick wipe and put it back over the heat. Add the ghee and, when hot, add the tarka and allow the seeds to sizzle and pop for around 30 seconds, being careful not to burn. Next, add in your onion slices and stir to coat them
in the spice-infused ghee. Cook gently for about 10 minutes, stirring regularly.


4) Once the onions have started to sweat and become translucent, add in the ginger-garlic paste and cook for about a minute. When the raw smell has disappeared, add in the garam masala. Cook for a further 10 seconds, stirring to ensure nothing sticks to the bottom of the pan and burns.


5) Next, add the tomatoes, harissa and salt. Cook over a low-medium heat for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool a little, then, using a stick blender directly into the pan, carefully blend your sauce until it is completely smooth. If you’re finding the sauce is splattering around too much, transfer it into a deeper pan for this step. You can also stir in a little water if the mixture is too thick.


6) Add the cream, sugar and chicken to the pan and give everything a good stir.


7) Simmer for a further 10 minutes to ensure the chicken is thoroughly cooked. Serve with fresh naan bread, rice and chopped coriander scattered over the top.


8) Check the seasoning and adjust to your liking then gently place the charred cauliflower wedges into the sauce. Make sure each one is covered by the sauce but avoid stirring too much that they break. Stick the lid on and simmer for another 10 minutes to cook the cauliflower through and infuse it with the fragrant curry flavours.


9) Once the cauliflower has cooked through, sprinkle over a few saffron strands and leave to infuse for 2 minutes.


10) Serve up with lots of coriander and toasted cashew nuts!




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Everyone loves a speedy but super tasty dish, don't they?

If you loved the sound of the food above or you know someone who loves to cook Indian cuisine, then our brand new Indian Cooking and Beer Hamper is a great gift (or self-gift!).

Take advantage of Spice Kitchen’s special tin of spices and make the recipe above or any of the others included in the specially devised recipe booklet included.

To accompany any creations, the hamper includes both a jar of mango and chilli chutney from Tracklements and luxury Tandoor Chilli snacks from Howdah. Plus, there are three delicious beers, from Freedom Brewery, for to enjoy whilst cooking.


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This blog was posted 2023-05-18 12:23:00