Creamy butter chicken with black mustard naans

This mildly spiced curry was originally thought to be created by a hotel in Delhi. The rich butter and cream help to tenderise the chicken, and it is the perfect alternative to spicy curries. As there is a lot of sauce, what better way to soak it up than with homemade naans?


200g jar Cooks’ Ingredients Korma Curry Paste
150g tub natural yogurt
4 chicken breast fillets
75g butter
2cm piece ginger, grated
1 red chilli, deseeded and
finely chopped
1 onion, sliced
1 tbsp Cirio Tomato Purée
300ml tub double cream
28g pack coriander, chopped

2 tsp caster sugar
7g sachet dried yeast
150ml hand-hot milk
450g plain flour
1 tbsp Bart Black Mustard Seeds
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 medium Waitrose British Blacktail Free Range
Egg, beaten
2-3 tbsp vegetable oil for frying 


1. Mix the korma paste and 2 tbsp of yogurt together. Add the chicken, mixing to coat evenly. Marinate in the fridge for 1 hour.

2. To make the naans, place 1 tsp sugar and the yeast in a small bowl. Mix in the milk and leave
for 4-5 minutes until frothy.

3. Place the flour, mustard seeds, salt, baking powder and remaining tsp sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the oil, egg, remaining yogurt from the curry recipe and yeast mixture, and mix to a dough. Using the mixer’s dough hook, knead for 10 minutes. Transfer to an oiled bowl, cover and leave for 45 minutes until doubled in size.

4. Melt the butter in a large frying pan, shake off any excess marinade from the chicken and fry for 5 minutes, turning halfway through. Add the ginger, chilli, onion, tomato purée and remaining marinade mix, and cook for a further 5 minutes.

5. Pour in the cream, cover and simmer gently for 10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through with no pink meat, stirring occasionally. Add the coriander.

6. Meanwhile, knock back the naan dough and divide into 8 pieces. Roll each out on a floured surface to a rough oval shape, around 12cm x 20cm. Heat a little oil in a large frying pan and fry the naans, 2 at a time, for 2 minutes each side until golden.

7. Serve the naan bread with the creamy butter chicken. 

Creamy butter chicken with black mustard naans
  • Preparation time: 20 minutes + proving
  • Cooking time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4 - 6

Nutritional Info

Typical values per serving:

Energy 3,889kJ
Fat 54.6g
Saturated Fat 26.6g
Carbohydrate 72.3g
Sugars 12.8
Protein 37.6g
Salt 2.5g
Fibre 6.5g

To serve 6

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This recipe was first published in Thu Oct 27 14:59:00 BST 2016.