Butter Chicken Meatballs


Paired with tender chicken meatballs (broiled for ease), the rich, aromatic tomato sauce is perfectly creamy and ideal for sopping up with rice and naan. A combo of tomato paste and puree adds concentrated flavor without requiring a blender.

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Total Time:
55 mins


  • 1

    large egg

  • Kosher salt and pepper

  • 1/3 c.


  • 1 c.

    cilantro leaves, chopped, plus cilantro sprigs for serving

    plus cilantro sprigs for serving

  • 1 tbsp.

    plus 1 tsp grated fresh ginger, divided  

    fresh ginger, divided

  • 3

    cloves garlic, grated, divided

  • 1 lb.

    ground chicken breast

  • 3 tbsp.

    unsalted butter, divided

  • 1 tbsp.

    olive oil

  • 1

    medium onion, chopped

  • 1 tbsp.

    garam masala

  • 1/2 tsp.

    ground cumin

  • 1/8 tsp.

    cayenne pepper

  • 2 tbsp.

    tomato paste

  • 1

    29-oz can tomato puree

  • 1 tsp.


  • 3/4 c.

    heavy cream

  • Basmati rice and naan, for serving


NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per serving): About 534 calories, 31.5 g fat (16.5 g saturated), 185 mg cholesterol, 1,242 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 15 g sugar (1.5 g added sugar), 34 g protein

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