Cheats Butter Chicken

Cheats Butter Chicken

I do love a good cheat dinner, that is one that requires minimal preparation or cooking and this butter chicken is just that.  I don’t have the time to mix together the multitude of spices needed to make this curry so a good store-bought variety will do.

This butter chicken is mild and sweet and enjoyed by the whole family.  Serve with steamed rice and you have a great dinner that is also freezer friendly, so double the ingredients and make pop one in the freezer.

Make sure you buy the Tikka Masala Paste (not simmer sauce).  The paste is more concentrated and you will get two meals from the one jar.


1/2 Jar Pataks Tikka Masala Paste (my favourite brand)

1 x 410gm Can Crushed Tomatoes

300ml Coconut Milk Light

1 Medium Sweet Potato, diced

1 Onion diced

500gm Chicken Thighs, cubed

Olive oil


1. In a heavy based porcelain pot over a high heat add a splash of olive oil, followed by the onion.  Cook until it starts to soften.  Add the chicken and cook stirring until lightly browned.

2.  Add the tikka masala paste and stir through.  Cook until the flavours are released, about 1 minute.  Add the remaining ingredients and reduce to a simmer.  Cook for 30 minutes with the lid on, stirring occasionally to make sure the chicken doesn’t stick to the bottom.

Serve over steamed rice with added peas.

Serves 4 (6 if little people re eating).

Perfect for leftovers: place into an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.  Reheat before eating.

Freezer friendly: place into a freezer safe container and freeze for up to 3 months.  Defrost and heat before eating.

Cheats Butter Chicken

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7 Responses to Cheats Butter Chicken

  1. Erin January 26, 2016 at 5:37 pm #

    I made this for my 6 and 4 year old tonight and they absolutely loved it! Ive been looking for different recipes to add variety to my fussy daughter’s meals and this was perfect!!!
    Thank you x

    • Amanda January 28, 2016 at 7:29 am #

      That’s great to hear Erin. Both my boys love it too,

  2. Lea January 31, 2016 at 10:51 am #

    What size jar of tikka paste is used

    • Amanda February 1, 2016 at 11:10 am #

      It is 283 grams.

  3. penelope August 26, 2016 at 6:29 pm #

    where do you buy that brand of paste from?

  4. Caroline August 9, 2017 at 12:53 am #

    Can this we cooked in slow cooker?

    • Amanda August 21, 2017 at 9:54 am #

      Yes, on high for 4 hours.

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