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  • 750 g chicken thigh cutlets, skin removed
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 535 g can Wattie’s Just Add Butter Chicken Simmer Sauce
  • ¼ cup cream
  • 1 handful fresh coriander leaves to garnish


1. Heat a dash of oil in a frying pan. Add the chicken thigh cutlets and cook over a high heat until they start to colour. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.

2. Reduce the heat and add a little extra oil if necessary. Add the onion and garlic to the pan and cook until the onions begin to soften. Add the cumin and coriander and tomato paste, stir and cook for a further minute. Return the chicken back into the pan.

3. Pour over Wattie’s Just Add Butter Chicken Simmer Sauce. Allow the sauce to come to the boil. Reduce heat. Cover. Simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the lid and increase the heat and continue cooking a further 10-15 minutes, until chicken is cooked and the sauce has reduced by a quarter.

4. Remove from the heat. Stir through cream – do not allow the sauce to boil to avoid curdling. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve over rice.


To reduce the fat content of this recipe you can swap the cream for natural unsweetened yoghurt. It adds creaminess but with less kilojoules.Make sure you add the yoghurt after you have removed the pan from the heat to avoid curdling.

Replace chicken thigh cutlets with boneless thigh meat. Cut into 2 cm pieces. Cooking time will be reduced by approximately 10 minutes.

For a spicier dish add ½ tsp of chilli paste with the other spices.

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8 Ratings Weeknight Butter Chicken

Reviews (8)

trevor hunt's Review | Rating

easy and healthy taste great

brenda glover's Review | Rating

Hi the 1/2 tsp coriander is this the dry herb...Sorry Im feeling a bit embarrassed lol. Thanks Brenda

Reply from The Food in a Minute team

Hi Brenda, thank you for asking. The coriander used in this recipe (to garnish) is a fresh herb :)

Iritana Wanoa's Review | Rating

Can you please tell me how many Kilojoules/calories are in this recipe

Reply from The Food in a Minute team

Hi Iritana, This recipe has approximately 1980 kilojoules per serve. If you swap the cream for natural unsweetened yoghurt this will reduce the kilojoules by around 200 per serve. Thanks!

jill's Review | Rating

Ive done this recipe several times and its delicious

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Phillip's Review | Rating

Tried this recipe today and used yoghurt instead of cream. It was yummy. Phillip

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