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This easy butter chicken pasta has tender and flavorful chicken meat, cooked in a tangy, spiced yogurt marinade. Serve with pasta of your choice. Try it for a quick meal for the family!
What Is Butter Chicken?
This is a dish featuring tender and flavorful chicken meat, cooked in a tangy, spiced yogurt marinade.
You might be surprised at how super easy this is to make, without sacrificing on the flavors! You can easily find the required ingredients from supermarkets. For this recipe, I omitted strong spices which I do not have at home, and it still tastes great!
Usually, butter chicken is paired with hot steamed rice or naan. I wanted to try something different so I served it on angel hair pasta (also, I did not realise that I forgot to replenish my rice for the pantry lol).
What Ingredients Do I Need?
You’ll be happy to know that you need just basic ingredients for this recipe!
- Chicken – For soft and juicy butter chicken, use chicken fillet or boneless, skinless chicken thigh.
- Yogurt – Use natural, unsweetened full fat yogurt or greek yogurt.
- Tomato Paste – Use canned tomato paste. Or if you do not have them, you can replace it with ketchup.
- Curry Powder – I use spicy curry powder for meat. If you’re also cooking for kids, you can use non-spicy curry powder to marinade, and then serve with chili flakes for your own adult portion, for some spicy kick.
- Garlic and Onion
I also added in some fresh Shimeiji mushrooms, which is traditionally not used in butter chicken. You can opt to exclude it, just that I quite like how it paired with the chicken, and added some oomph, since the curry sauce is not a lot here.
Some butter chicken recipes also include adding cream for a thick curry sauce, which I omitted, so that this dish can be lighter and less greasy. Personally I find the yogurt does its job well to thicken the sauce!
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How To Cook This Dish
This butter chicken dish is super, super, super easy to cook! It’s a slightly shortcut recipe, so you’ll find that the curry sauce in this dish would turn out lesser compared to the usual butter chicken recipes.
To make it:
- Marinade the chicken at least 3 hours before hand, or preferably overnight.
- Heat up your pan and cook the chicken pieces, including the marinade.
- And then you’ll have your piping hot and fragrant butter chicken! Set aside while you prepare your pasta.
So it’s great if you’re juggling with WFH duties and / or kids, while trying to prep meals for the family. You can split the tasks up into 2 days (marinade on the day before, and cooking the next day) and it will seem easier to prep meal!
I also cooked the butter chicken in my thermal pot in advance of my meal time, and kept warm till it’s time to serve.
How Does The Butter Chicken Taste Like?
It has a rich, creamy texture – due to the butter and yogurt in the recipe! If you don’t like it tasting too buttery, you can replace the butter with cooking oil.
Also, unlike the usual spicy curry we eat in Singapore, this butter chicken dish has a milder, tangy, fragrant curry taste, thanks to the tomato paste, yogurt and curry powder in the marinade.
You probably won’t be expecting the butter chicken to taste spicy. It doesn’t taste spicy to me – so you might want to add chili flakes as you serve the dish, if you prefer a spicier kick to your food.
This recipe might also be a little saltier for kids. So if you are also cooking for the children, you might want to reduce the salt by a little. For adults portion, taste before you serve and add in some soy sauce to taste if required.
What To Serve With Butter Chicken
I used pasta to serve with my butter chicken, but traditionally, butter chicken is usually served with rice or naan.
For a healthier balanced meal, you can also serve this dish with some light and refreshing veggies, like salad or cucumber slices.