Butter Chicken Pasta (Indian Chicken Pasta Recipe)

Creamy, Spicy Butter Chicken Pasta with all the authentic flavors of classic butter chicken combined with penne pasta for a cozy and comforting weeknight dinner. Indian style chicken pasta for the win!!

a skillet with cooked penne along with butter chicken sauce before stirring with cilantro for garnish

Cozy, Comforting, Spicy Chicken Pasta.

Not just any pasta, it is an ultimate recipe mashup of Classic Indian Butter Chicken and Italian pasta. You might also love this Butter Chickpeas which is a vegetarian version of butter chicken.

Pasta dishes are one of our family favorite weeknight dinner recipes – mostly simple yet satisfying. Some of my favorite chicken pasta dishes are : Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta, Creamy Pesto Chicken Pasta, Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta Salad and Instant Pot Pasta with Chicken Meat Sauce.

This Butter Chicken Pasta Recipe is –

  • Creamy
  • Spicy
  • One skillet sauce
  • Oven-free
  • Satisfying
  • AMAZING
skillet with indian style chicken pasta garnished with fresh cilantro, jalapeno half and sliced onions

What is Butter Chicken?

Butter chicken is a dish that was developed to use leftover tandoori chicken, which is cut up and tossed in a tomato-cream based spicy sauce. Originating in a Delhi restaurant, the original recipe was known as MURG MAKHANI (translates to chicken in butter sauce)

Tomato cream based sauces are delicious served with pasta, like Penne alla Vodka, Shrimp Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce or this Healthy Instant Pot Pasta with Tomato Cream sauce. Since Butter chicken is a chicken dish with spicy tomato-based cream sauce, this dish was a no brainer.

How to make chicken pasta Indian style?

Step-1: Toss chicken pieces with plain yogurt, lemon juice, coriander powder, cayenne, turmeric powder, salt and orange food color. Marinade for few hours in the refrigerator.

Step-2: Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet and cook chicken on both sides, until partially cooked. Transfer chicken into a seperate bowl.

Step-3: Add butter to the same skillet and saute cumin seeds followed by chopped onions, crushed ginger and garlic. Cook until golden brown.

Step-4: Add kasoori methi, coriander powder, cayenne and turmeric powder, cook, stirring constantly for couple of minutes to toast the spices.

Step-5: Add tomato sauce, cashew powder and cooked chicken (along with accumulated juices).

Step-6: Stir well, cover, cook on low heat for 10 minutes (Stirring couple of times in between).

Step-7: Stir in heavy cream, honey, salt and orange food color.

Step-8: Add cooked pasta and toss well.

a enamel cast iron skillet with cooked penne pasta with spicy creamy chicken sauce without tossing

Pro tips on making the best spicy chicken pasta:

Color : Traditional butter chicken always has an iconic deep orange color that is achieved by adding orange food color. However, the food color can be absolutely skipped and it will not affect the flavor in any way.

Chicken thighs : Chicken thighs cooks up tender and juicy, however boneless, skinless chicken breasts can used.

Cashew powder – Grind raw cashews into a fine powder using any dry spice grinder or coffee grinder. Stop the grinder every few seconds and give a good shake and continue grinding. This step is important, since cashew powder will start clumping up due to the high fat content.

Cayenne – Cayenne is Indian chili powder.

Pasta – I used penne pasta, but any cooked pasta may be used.

Spicy – If you like it spicier, then increase cayenne pepper.

indian chicken pasta served on bowl with a black fork for eating

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Yield: 6

Butter Chicken Pasta (Indian Chicken Pasta Recipe)

Butter Chicken Pasta (Indian Chicken Pasta Recipe)

Creamy, Spicy Butter Chicken Pasta with all the authentic flavors of classic butter chicken combined with penne pasta is cozy and comforting. Indian style chicken pasta for the win!!

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

Chicken Marinade

Butter Chicken Pasta

Instructions

Marinade Chicken


Stir chicken and all other ingredients (under chicken marinade) well. Let it marinade in the refrigerator for 1 to 12 hours (If pressed for time, let it marinade on the kitchen counter for at least 15 minutes).

Make Butter Chicken Pasta


1. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add chicken in a single layer, cook for about 2 minutes, turn over and continue cooking for additional 2 minutes. Remove chicken into a bowl (chicken will not be fully cooked at this point).

2. Reduce heat to medium, add butter to the same skillet and let melt. Add cumin seeds and let sizzle for few seconds.

3. Stir in chopped onion, crushed garlic, ginger and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring often, until onions get golden brown color (4-5 minutes).

4. Add kasoori methi, coriander powder, cayenne and garam masala powder. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until spices are toasted well (don't let it burn).

5. Add tomato sauce, cashew powder and chicken (along with all accumulated juices), stir well, reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 10 minutes (stirring every 3-4 minutes to make sure that it does not burn in the bottom).

6. Uncover, stir in heavy cream, honey, orange food color and remaining salt. Let simmer for about 3 minutes.

7. Add cooked pasta and toss well.

Serve piping HOT!

Notes

Tomato Sauce - Tomato sauce is found in cans in the canned tomato section of your grocery store. DO NOT USE jarred MARINARA SAUCE / PASTA SAUCE / PIZZA SAUCE instead.

Kasoori methi - Kasoori methi is dried fenugreek leaves and is one the essential ingredient in an authentic butter chicken recipe. However, it can be skipped if you don't have it stocked.

Heavy cream - 3/4 cup heavy cream makes the dish more creamier and less spicy whereas 1/2 cup heavy cream makes it a touch more spicier. So, use according to your taste.

Color : Traditional butter chicken is always in a iconic deep orange color that is achieved by adding orange food color. However, the food color can be absolutely skipped and it will not affect the flavor in any way.

Chicken thighs : Chicken thighs cooks up tender and juicy, however boneless, skinless chicken breasts can used.

Cashew powder – Grind raw cashews into a fine powder using any dry spice grinder or coffee grinder. Stop the grinder every few seconds and give a good shake con continue grinding. This step is important, since the cashew powder will start clumping up due to the high fat content.

Cayenne – Cayenne is Indian chili powder.

Pasta – I used penne pasta, but any cooked pasta may be used.

Spicy – If you like it spicier, then increase cayenne pepper.

Salt - Salt depends on the type of tomato sauce used and your taste preference. Use accordingly.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 382Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 891mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 3gSugar: 11gProtein: 8g

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