5 Ingredients and 20 minutes are all you need to make this easy butter chicken recipe. A shortcut ingredient helps get dinner on the table fast. Serve with naan or rice, and your favorite vegetable.
Don’t you hate those nights when you don’t feel like cooking but
- You want to eat.
- You don’t want to spend the money on takeout (again).
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This easy butter chicken recipe is the solution to those nights. It’s a shortcut recipe. You’ll need a jar of Tikka Masala sauce. I really like the one Aldi sells. It costs less than two-bucks and is really flavorful. If you don’t have an Aldi near you, you can find jarred Tikka Masala sauce in most grocery stores. They vary from brand to brand but this recipe works with whatever sauce you buy.
Of course, you could simply cook some chicken, heat up the tikka masala sauce, and call it a day. There’s no problem with that approach. But…if you doctor the sauce just a bit, it makes your meal even better.
The prep time for this easy butter chicken takes about 10 minutes and, I’m not kidding here, it tastes like something you’d get from a restaurant.
The best part? You only need five ingredients. Seriously. As long as you have the sauce on hand, and keep onions in the pantry and chicken in the freezer, you can make this meal whenever. It’s faster than waiting for takeout.
All you do is toss the chicken with some curry powder and oil. Then cook a sliced onion. Add the sauce and allow it to simmer while you cook the chicken. Before serving, add some half-and-half to the sauce and, boom, dinner is done. Easy, eh?
What You Need to Make the BEST (and easiest!) Butter Chicken
This 5 ingredient butter chicken really tastes like it came from a restaurant. Here’s what you need.
- Jar of Tikka Masala Sauce. (Aldi “Journey to India” suggested)
- Yellow Onion
- Curry Powder
- Skinless, Boneless Chicken Breasts or Thighs
- Half and Half
What to Serve with Butter Chicken
- Rice (Basmati or Jasmine are especially nice.)
- Roasted Potatoes
- Cooked Red Lentils
- Cauliflower. Roasted or steamed
- Sautéed Spinach
- Broccoli. Roasted or steamed
- Cucumber Salad with onions