Delicious and easy to make South African Butter Chicken Curry

23rd January 2018
Delicious and Easy South African Butter Chicken Curry
Serves 6
Making a South African Butter Chicken Curry dish from scratch is an art that once mastered could become your signature dish. This recipe has been tried and tested... it's delicious and easy to make. Who knows... it could become your new weekly favourite.
Prep Time
2 hr
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
3 hr
Prep Time
2 hr
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
3 hr
For Curry
  1. 600g chicken fillets, cubed
  2. 250ml thick Greek yoghurt
  3. 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  4. 30ml fresh ginger, finely grated
  5. 2 tsp ground cumin
  6. 2 tsp garam masala or
  7. 1 Tbs medium curry powder
  8. 1 tsp ground coriander
  9. 1 tsp tumeric
  10. 2 x Curry leaves
  11. 2 x Bay leaves
  12. 15ml olive oil
  13. 1 onion, diced
  14. 1 (410g) tin chopped tomatoes
  15. 10ml tomato paste
  16. 250ml cream
  17. 100 g butter
For the Sides
  1. Basmati Rice
  2. Water
  3. Salt
For the Curry
  1. To make the curry, place the yoghurt, garlic, ginger, cumin, masala, curry powder, ground coriander and turmeric in a non-metallic container and mix well.
  2. Stir in the chicken and coat well.
  3. Cover and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  4. Heat the oil in a heavy-based pan and gently fry the onion for about 3–4 minutes.
  5. Add the chicken and yoghurt mixture and cook for 4–5 minutes.
  6. Add the tomatoes and tomato paste, stir well and bring to the boil.
  7. Add the Curry & Bay Leaves.
  8. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the chicken is tender.
  9. Stir the cream and butter in last and heat through before serving.
For sides
  1. Bring 6 cups of water to the boil
  2. Add 1 cup of rice with salt
  3. Boil for 12 minutes
  4. Strain and served
  1. Best served with some fresh coriander leaves on top of the curry
  2. Make sure the butter and cream are the absolute last ingredient added. Do not over boil once added.
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