Our One-Pot Butter Chicken Recipe Will Feed You For A Full Bad-Weather Week

June 11, 2018

When bad weather hits, food becomes difficult: delivery riders’ routes are stunted by floods and rain, and a visit to the grocery doesn’t seem worth venturing out into the exacerbated traffic. This recipe has got you covered, calling for pantry and fridge basics to make a dinner that can last you several re-heats for a holed-up week of rain.

The process is a cinch, though we rated the recipe a medium because it takes an hour’s worth of patience over the stove. The one-hour is well worth the wait for a buttery-soft texture and buttery-smooth taste of these spice-rich chicken thighs.

One-Pot Butter Chicken

  • Serves: 4-6 people
  • Active time: 1 hour
  • Total time: 1 hour
  • Difficulty: Medium



  • 2 tbsp. turmeric
  • 2 tbsp. cumin
  • 2 tbsp. coriander
  • 1 tbsp. cloves
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 6 tbsp. paprika


  • 3 tbsp. oil
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 6 large chicken thighs, bone-in


  • ½ cup red onion, sliced
  • 1 tbsp. ginger, minced
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 1 large can diced tomatoes, strained
  • 2 tbsp. white sugar
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp. butter, softened


  1. In a bowl, combine turmeric, cumin, coriander, cloves, cinnamon, and paprika. Set aside.
  2. In a large, heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat, add the oil. Add the chicken thighs skin side down and brown for 5 minutes on each side. Remove the chicken and set aside.
  3. Add the red onion and ginger to the pot and cook, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the spices and let toast until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add the tomato paste, diced tomatoes, and sugar.
  6. Add back the chicken thighs, skin side up, and stir and cook until thickened, about 8-10 minutes.
  7. Add in the cream and butter, and stir until incorporated.
  8. Remove from heat and serve.
Bea Osmeña SEE AUTHOR Bea Osmeña

Bea Osmeña is a healthy-ish eater who is just as likely to take you to a vegan joint as she is to consume a whole cheese pie to herself. A former picky eater, Bea has discovered the joys of savory fruit dishes, but still refuses to accept pineapples on her pizza. On the rare occasion you catch her without food in her mouth, you are likely to find her looking at books she can't afford, hugging trees, or talking to strange animals on the street.

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