Learn how to transform your grocery store spice package meal kits into a delicious elevated butter chicken dish ready in under 30 minutes. Homemade chicken meatballs tossed in a spicy butter chicken sauce served with a side of garlic naan YUM!!
Full recipe from scratch listed below in the notes section if you prefer to make this dish from scratch and have the ingredients on hand.
We are currently living in what feels like surreal times. Only essential stores are open, no public gatherings, keeping a safe distant from others and working from home are just a few of today’s current realities. If you’re like us, you absolutely hate waiting in line and with all these restrictions, waiting in line to get into the grocery store is something I never thought I’d have to do.
For this recipe we decided to simply elevate your store bought butter chicken spice package meal kit and went with PATAKS butter chicken meal kit. With produce, protein, spices and many other things being such a hot commodity at the stores, often walking down aisles with empty shelves we figured grabbing the prepared meal kit was a great way to get most of the ingredients you would need to make butter chicken without breaking the bank or having to buy spices you’ll maybe cook with twice a year and avoiding going from store to store just to find all the ingredients.
We haven’t had our butter chicken takeout fix in so long and making butter chicken at home isn’t the easiest thing to make, it never takes like your favorite takeout. We finally made this butter chicken at home and WOW this somewhat homemade version was absolutely delicious.
The chicken meatballs are made in the oven while we simmer the sauce on the stove. This is such a great weeknight dinner that comes together quickly.
Start by making the chicken meatballs. Ground chicken makes for a less expensive alternative and also a sure find at the store these days. Chicken meatballs in butter chicken is so fun and cuts down your total time because you don’t have to wait to marinate the chicken. Traditional butter chicken also requires the chicken to slowly simmer in the sauce for hours which is why we went with chicken meatballs. Toss together all the ingredients that bind the meatballs together, roll them up and pop them into the oven until they’re almost cooked through.
Meatballs are so versatile and easy to add all kinds of different flavours. Check out our blog for other great meatball recipes.
Next comes the sauce. Because we went with a prepared meal kit its very close to a traditional butter chicken which we elevated with a few simple ingredients like coconut milk, green chilies, grated garlic and ginger, onions, Greek yogurt, curry powder, turmeric powder, butter and fresh parsley. The sauce is the most important part when making butter chicken, its where all the flavour is. The oil from the chilies, the creaminess from the coconut milk, silkiness from the butter … mmm Most of these ingredients we already had in our pantry, I just had to buy a can of green chilies and the extra I’ll cook with fajitas later on this week to ensure I’m not wasting any food.
Here are a few steps to make sure your meatballs come out perfect every single time.
I love dipping my naan in the sauce its my favorite part of eating butter chicken. This dish is so saucy you just want to dig right in and dip your naan.
We hope you guys enjoyed this quick alternative to making butter chicken at home and elevating that take home meal kit into a delicious weeknight dinner!
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