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Butter Chicken Recipe & Spices

Butter Chicken Recipe
I have a conundrum.

You see, I’m just about out of chicken stock. Really, I  need to roast this chicken for dinner tonight and then use the bones to make some. (Don’t roasted chicken bones make the most beautifully dark & rick stock?!)

But what I really want to do with the chicken is to de-bone it and make Butter Chicken. Butter Chicken has been calling my name since first I put it into my mouth. Don’t you ever have these menu planning woes, or is it just me?

On the one hand, I want to be a good girl and follow my menu plan, after all it’s only mid-January and I don’t need this chicken tempting me to leave the path of Homemaking Order that I’ve resolved to follow this year! On the other hand, I hate a weak stock and am feeling far too lazy to add in the extra step of roasting the bones by themselves first.

Ah, the troubles of a first world homemaker!

You haven’t heard one word I’ve said since “Butter Chicken,” have you?!

Butter Chicken Recipe

All you’ve thought of is, “What is this Butter Chicken of which she speaks?” “How do I make Butter Chicken?” “Is it really as good as she’s making it out to be or is she blowing smoke up my backside?” “I want some Butter Chicken!”

I don’t blame  you. ‘Cause Butter Chicken is darn skippy and you’re going to want to be working this one into your own menu plan! I know I had never heard of this dish, was more than a little intrigued, and couldn’t wait to see what it was all about!

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Butter Chicken Recipe on a white plate

Butter Chicken


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • ¼ cup of butter
  • 1 Tablespoon of Butter Chicken Seasoning
  • 1 cup of cream
  • 1 Tablespoon of Tomato Paste


  1. Saute the chicken and onion in the butter until the onion is clear and the chicken is fully cooked.
  2. Add the Butter Chicken Seasoning and continue to saute until you’re find yourself wondering what is in all of this delicious spicy scentedness that is wafting up into your nose.
  3. Add in the cream and tomato paste and heat it until it’s bubbly and you can’t possibly wait any longer for it to make it’s way to your mouth.
  4. Serve over a sauce-soaking-up rice or egg noodles… or I think my Great Grannie’s homemade spaetzle would go quite nicely.
  • Author: Quinn

I got my Butter Chicken seasoning from 42 Things, along with a whole mother load of other wonderful tempting spice blends!  I’m really looking forward to getting some more beef in here and trying the steak spice!

Hot Sausage Seasoning_-3

But since we did just butcher a pig a couple weeks ago, the Hot Italian Sausage seasoning has been being used in copious amounts… Last night I made some sausage & pasta with kale, peas and then cooked it all in cream for a few minutes. Oh my! It’s dinner’s like that that make me wish I had my husbands metabolism!!


So go check out 42 Things and grab some good spices.



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  1. I’d like to try the Paanch Phoran – Bengalese Five Spice – Vegetarian Seasoning.
    Is this contes good in the US? I noticed the Etsy shop is in Canada….

  2. I love and use tons of cumin but now I’m really wanting to try that butter chicken. Looks so good!

    1. we eat it a ton in the summer! grilled chicken, marinaded in this is fantastic! with a quinoa salad… at least 2 times a week 🙂

  3. I would love to try the butter chicken blend (or maybe the steak one, but we don’t eat a lot of steak). Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. I would not have said this until I read your post, but the butter chicken one would definitely be in my order….I’ve never had it, but wow, it looks and sounds awfully good!

  5. Funny. I just attempted to make butter chicken for the first time today, but I think I missed a spice. I’d love to try again with the pre-made blend. The morroccan spice mix would probably be great, too! Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. The hot Italian sausage seasoning. I have been wanting to make my own Italian sausage since my family is so sensitive. Looks yumms

  7. butter chicken sounds divine and heaven knows we could use some new flavors around here to shake things up!

  8. What wonderful spice and spice blends. Tough choice to make. Would love to try the butter chicken spice.

  9. I think my husband would LOVE to pick out some of those seasonings. He loves new spices.

  10. yummy! you’re right, i didn’t hear a single word after ‘butter chicken’.
    the butter chicken blend would be one of my choices as well.

  11. I want to try the Organic Butter Chicken Spice Blend and also the organic cumin powder. Yours is the second butter chicken recipe to land in my inbox this week and I get it, I get it! It’s on the menu for next week! 🙂

  12. the montreal steak seasoning!! i’ve used that since i was a little girl.

  13. I would probably choose the butter chicken mix. They all look interesting though!

  14. I think you have definitely tempted me with the butter chicken blend. She has a lot of spices I have never really used in my cooking!

    1. Hey Beth 🙂 it’s me! Jo from 42 Things Organic Spicerie 🙂

      All of my spice blends come with a recipe to get you started because of just that! Many aren’t sure what do do with new blends when you receive them … Thanks for your interest!