Make Ahead

Butter Chicken Pot Pie

March  9, 2021
9 Ratings
Photo by Tablecollective
  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Cook time 1 hour 20 minutes
  • serves 4
Author Notes

Because everything tastes better in a pie; working with a butter chicken recipe from Madhur Jaffrey I topped the dish (which you can just eat with basmati rice) with puff pastry. —Tablecollective

What You'll Need
  • Chicken Marinade
  • 2 pounds chicken breast, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon kashmiri chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • Butter Chicken Sauce
  • 16 ounces Tomato Bliss Oven Roasted Orange & Blush Heirloom Tomatoes
  • 1 inch pieces fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon Madhur Jaffrey's garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
  • 1 hot green chili, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, roasted and ground
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 packet puff pastry
  1. Chicken Marinade
  2. Mix together the yogurt, kashmiri chili powder, garlic ginger paste, lemon juice and garam masala.
  3. Add the chicken pieces, refrigerate overnight.
  4. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees, cook the chicken for 30 minutes.
  1. Butter Chicken Sauce
  2. While the chicken is cooking prepare the sauce.
  3. Put the Tomato Bliss Oven Roasted Orange & Blush Heirloom Tomatoes in a bowl. Add the grated ginger, cream, garam masala, salt, chopped green chili, cayenne, cilantro, lemon juice and ground roasted cumin seeds and mix together.
  4. Heat the butter in a large sauté pan, when melted add the tomato mixture and heat through until warm. Puree this mixture in a blender (or with an immersion blender in the pan) and return to the pan.
  5. Add the cooked chicken pieces and heat though for about 15 minutes. At this point you can serve this delicious dish with basmati rice or place in a pan and top with a prebaked puff pastry top.
  6. Heat oven to 425 degrees and bake the tops for ten minutes, then turn the temperature to 350 and cook for about another 5 to 10 minutes depending upon the size of your tops. Check to make sure that the pastry is browning and not burning
  7. Notes on the ingredients. You can make your own Garam Masala and garlic ginger paste or purchase them from Indian markets such as Kalustyans.

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3 Reviews

iambaguette April 17, 2021
I made this today and what a brilliant twist on a classic American dish! I never would have thought of changing the filling to something as tasty as a classic Butter Chicken. The combination of the puff pastry with the depth of the garam masala is a revelation. I can't wait to make this again.
sashaearle February 19, 2021
Perfect for a cozy winter evening.
Polly February 19, 2021
Oh my gosh, this is delicious!