5 Ingredient Indian Butter Chicken

Indian Butter Chicken

To save time and money, lately, I have been obsessed with the idea of 5 ingredient meals. I am not willing to sacrificing nutrition or flavor.  Simplified Indian Butter Chicken is my latest creation. Curries are because they are packed with flavor and spices have so many health benefits including amazing anti-inflammatory properties. I use my Formula for a Simple Curry when I want to use up random veggies in the fridge and Simplified Butter Chicken when I have nothing at home and need to make a quick run to the store.

Can we all agree salt doesn’t count as one of the five ingredients?

Simplified Indian Butter Chicken

This recipe simplifies a classic dish without sacrificing on flavor!

Course Main Course


  • 2 lbs chicken breast or thighs
  • 1 can tomatoes 14.5 oz
  • 1 tbsp garam masala spice blend
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp butter grass-fed
  • 1/2 cup yogurt full-fat is best


  1. If not using crushed tomatoes, blend tomatoes garam masala and salt.
  2. Add tomato mixture and chicken to slow cooker.
  3. Place butter on top of chicken.

  4. Cook on Low for 3-4 hours (chicken thighs may take longer), or until chicken can be shredded.
  5. Remove chicken and shred.
  6. Mix chicken, tomato mixture, and yogurt together.

Recipe Notes

Stove Top Instructions

If your chicken is already cooked, you can prepare the sauce on the stovetop.

  1. Simmer pureed tomatoes, garam masala, and salt.
    2. After the sauce has simmered for about 15 take off the heat and stir in yogurt and butter.
    3. Mix in chicken and serve.

Serving Options

  • serve over rice, cauliflower rice, or roasted veggies.
  • garnish with cilantro


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