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Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken

I love Butter Chicken and usually cook it in a frypan.  I was experimenting one day and found out I can cook it in my Round Convection Oven.

I tried putting some of my favourite butter chicken paste (I use Pataks) into a ziplock bag with some chicken thighs and see how it turned out.  I added in some garlic oil and a splash of water.

I marinated the chicken thighs for about 30 minutes and then put them in my Round Convection Oven at 180oC / 350oF for about 35 minutes.  I wanted to get the chicken thighs charred for that smoky flavour.

Once they were cooked I cut them up into strips (which was much easier after cooking) and they easily fed 2 people.  They were so tasty and juicy.

I made a butter chicken sauce in the microwave (you could use your stove top) and spread it over the chicken.

I cooked Naan Bread in the convection oven whilst I was cutting up the chicken and dinner was made.  You can serve with rice or a green salad.

I love this recipe so it’s a weekly favourite and I haven’t cooked butter chicken on the stove since.  Quick, easy and no cutting up of raw chicken.  It’s a winner for me.

Butter Chicken Ingredients

Serves 2

  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 2 – 3 Tbl Butter Paste
  • 1 tsp Garlic Oil
  • 2 Tbl Water

Place all of the ingredients into a ziplock bag and massage the paste, oil and water all over the chicken thighs.  I lie them flat in the bag and leave them marinating and turn at least once.  I also press them down in the bag with the heel of my hand.  This helps to make them a bit thinner and to lie flat.  Doing this also helps to massage the marinade into the chicken and tenderise the chicken.

After 30 minutes take them out of the ziplock bag and lie on the high shelf in the round convection oven.  Select the temperature at 180oC / 350oF and cook for about 35 minutes.

Whilst they are cooking, I make the Butter Chicken Sauce.

Butter Chicken Sauce Ingredients

  • 2 Tbp Butter Chicken Paste
  • 2/3 cup of water
  • 1/3 cup of cream
  • Tsp of raw sugar (this adds a sweetness to the sauce).  If you like a sharper taste, leave the sugar out.

Mix the sugar and paste together, then add slowly the water, mixing it in.  Cook in the microwave on a medium power for 2 minute bursts, stirring between each 2 minutes.  When it starts to thicken (about 6 minutes), add the cream and stir again.  Repeat with the 2 minute bursts until it’s the consistency you prefer.  You can do this whilst the chicken is cooking, then just reheat when you are ready to serve.  I like a thick consistency so adjust the recipe to the way you like the sauce.

Once the chicken thighs are cooked, take them out of the oven and put some Naan Bread into the oven to heat up.  I buy Mission Bread Naan Bread.  All I need to do is sprinkle it with some water and put it on the tray I cooked the chicken on.  No need to use another tray, the Naan will cook on top of that tray.  I cook it for about 5 minutes at the same temperature.

While the Naan Bread is cooking, cut the Butter Chicken Thighs into strips about 1 cm or 1/2 inch wide.  They are so tender they almost fall apart, so you can also use forks and just pull them apart.

Server with the Butter Chicken Sauce, Naan Bread and rice or a salad.  It’s delicious.

Let me know if you’ve ever changed a recipe so you can cook it in your Round Convection Oven.

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Tania Shipman

Convection Oven Lady

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  • Jackie Stenhouse March 3, 2012, 9:09 pm

    Yum, we love butter chicken as well but yours cooked on the round convection oven looks so delicious.
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    • Convection Oven Lady March 4, 2012, 12:37 pm

      Hi Jackie

      Butter Chicken is one of those delicious dishes but it takes time. Cooking on the convection oven has made it quick and easy.

  • Harry Lynn March 3, 2012, 11:49 pm

    Oh well…….. seems like I better add another 2 Km to my morning walk as this sounds truly delicious.

    • Convection Oven Lady March 4, 2012, 12:37 pm

      Harry, it’s worth it 😉

  • Rita March 3, 2012, 11:58 pm

    I agree Harry,
    It does sound nice and I am going to try it next week next only I will be using my slow Cooker
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    • Convection Oven Lady March 4, 2012, 12:38 pm

      Hi Rita, Butter Chicken is perfect for the slow cooker. I’ve used mine to make it also. Let me know how it tastes.

  • Doctor Bill March 4, 2012, 4:23 pm

    Sounds delicious. Being the “Chef” in our home, I’m always looking easy recipes
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    • Convection Oven Lady March 4, 2012, 7:00 pm

      Hi Doctor Bill, my Butter Chicken is a very easy recipe so I hope you enjoy it.

  • Lisa Wood March 5, 2012, 7:37 pm

    Such a great easy recipe! Love the idea of having something that is so simple and taste so yummy 🙂 Never have tried Butter Chicken before!

    • Convection Oven Lady March 25, 2012, 4:49 pm

      Hi Lisa, let me know if you ever give Butter Chicken a go and what your family thought of it.

  • Jan Littlehales March 15, 2012, 11:05 am

    Hi Tanny,
    My boys love butter chicken but so far I haven’t been able to make the dish as tasty as one bought from our local Indian Restaurant (according to my boys at least!!).
    Your recipe is so simple – what’s butter paste? I’ve bought butter chicken sauce in a jar, but haven’t found a good one yet.
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    • Convection Oven Lady March 25, 2012, 4:53 pm

      Hi Jan
      I gave a link to the paste I use. There are different versions available. The sauce you buy has been mixed to make it ready to eat, whilst with the paste, you can marinate in it and then make a sauce. Possibly you can involve the boys in taste testing various combinations with the paste because you can make it using various amounts to see if you can get close to the authentic Indian taste. Let me know if you have any trouble finding the paste. I buy it from Woolworths.

  • Kerry Lea March 23, 2012, 10:38 pm

    Hi Tania

    This recipe sounds delicious. My youngest daughter loves butter chicken, must give this a go.

    • Convection Oven Lady March 25, 2012, 4:55 pm

      Hi Kerry, sounds like your daughter has great taste. I’m sure she got it from her mum 😉 Let me know how the recipe tasted for you.

  • Argiekleno April 17, 2012, 7:13 am

    I love to prepare buttered chicken every weekend because my son love it. Thanks on your post. It really helps to prepare delicious dish for weekend.
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    • Convection Oven Lady April 17, 2012, 7:54 am

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe.

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