Mother's Day Recipe: Indian Butter Chicken

Posted on 10th March 2015

Some of you may have forgotten but its Mother's Day on Sunday 15th March, so if you have nothing planned and couldn't get a table at Chakra, you can surprise her, with our delicious recipe that will guarantee to impress her. We wanted to share with you a truly homemade recipe so we spoke to Arjun, Chakra's restaurant owner, what his mum's favourite dish was when he was a child:

"The truth is, my mum was a terrible cook, which actually led my brother to become a chef! But we can forgive and forget for Mother's Day, Butter Chicken is her favourite recipe as she does make a mean chicken curry."

So with this in mind, we have brought to you a deliciously mouth-watering Butter Chicken recipe, a dish that your mum will be talking about for months to come!

Indian Butter Chicken

  • Serves 4 people
  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 45 minutes


  • 225g, in cubes
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 425g passata
  • 700ml double cream
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 675g skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp tandoori masala


  • Preheat the oven to 190c or gas mark 5
  • Melt a few cubes of the butter in a frying pan over a medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic, and cook slowly until the onion caramelises to a dark brown colour for about 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, melt the remaining butter in a saucepan over a medium to high heat along with the passata, cream, salt cayenne pepper and garam masala. Bring to a simmer, and then reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally and then stir in the caramelised onions.
  • Whilst the sauce is still simmering, toss the cubed chicken breast with vegetable oil until coated. Then season with tandoori masala and spread out onto a baking tray.
  • Bake the chicken in a preheated oven until no longer pink in the centre, for about 12 minutes. Once done, add the chicken to the sauce and simmer for 5 minutes before serving.
  • Serve with a side of basmati rice and a naan bread of your choice.

This dish is so easy to make and is full of flavour, making one happy mum this Mother's Day. A delicious meal says more than a bunch of flowers, so give it a go this Sunday!

Butter Chicken

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