Meal-Prep Butter Chicken with Rice and Garlic Naan

Spicy and creamy 30-minute butter chicken with basmati rice and quick stove-top naan. This tasty meal will add spice and flavor to your lunch routine! Meal-Prep Butter ChickenIf you’re looking for a way to switch up your meal-prep routine then this is a great way to do so. Butter chicken is my favorite Indian dish and also one of the only dishes we have on a monthly basis. I’ve simplified my favorite butter chicken recipe so that it’s quick and easy to make and packed full of flavor and spice. It’s great for meal-prepping and makes lunchtime 100x better.

The basmati rice soaks up all the creamy buttery sauce from the butter chicken and the quick garlic stove-top naan is a great addition. You can skip the naan if you’re feeling super lazy and just go with the basmati rice and butter chicken.
Meal-Prep Butter Chicken

Meal-Prep Butter Chicken

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Layla


For the butter chicken

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger finely minced or grated (or use paste)
  • 2-3 cloves garlic finely minced or crushed
  • 1 ½ pounds about 2-3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into ¾-inch chunks
  • 1 can 6 oz. tomato paste (or 8-10 oz can of tomato sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder or paprika, adjust to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Fenugreek I use powder, but seeds or mustard seeds can be used too, optional*
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream sub for half & half or yogurt for low fat

For the rice

  • 1 cup basmati rice or jasmine
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • Large pinch salt

For the garlic naan

  • small Pizza dough
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup minced cilantro optional
  • 2 tablespoon melted butter


  • To cook butter chicken:Heat a large skillet or medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the oil and onions and cook onions down until lightly golden, about 3-4 minutes. Add ginger and garlic and let cook for 30 seconds, stirring so it doesn’t burn. Add the chicken, tomato paste, and spices. Cook for 5-6 minutes or until everything is cooked through. Add the heavy cream and simmer for 8-10 minutes stirring occasionally.

  • To make naan: Combine the garlic, butter, cilantro and butter in a small bowl. Set aside. Divide pizza dough into 8 equal portions. Roll the dough into a small circle using a rolling-pin. Heat up a skillet (cast-iron preferred) over high heat and lightly grease the surface with some oil to avoid the dough from sticking to the skillet. Place the dough in the skillet. When it puffs up and bubbles and burnt spots appear, flip it over and spread with the garlic butter mixture. Cook until done. Repeat the same until all dough is done.

  • To cook rice: Wash rice until it runs clear then rinse. In a saucepan bring water to a boil. Add rice and stir. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Turn off heat and let stand for 5 minutes.

  • To Assemble: Measure 1 cup of cooked rice into each meal prep container. Pour about 1 cup of the butter chicken on the rice. Wrap a naan with foil or plastic wrap. To heat, microwave containers for 2 minutes or until steamy. Micwaorve naan for just 20 seconds.

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    Is reheating rice ok? I thought you weren’t supposed to do that


      Yes, just be sure to heat it until steaming.


    I tried this and felt it was just okay. i’ve had butter chicken before but this was my first attempt at making it. why is there no actual butter in the recipe?


    hI THERE, DO YOU HAVE tHE Nutritional Info?


    Nailed it! Excellent recipe! Thank you! I used instacart to get the ingredients which included a pillsbury pizza dough. I cut the dough tube into 8 “ROlls” and they were hard to roll out. Took a lot of time. Finally I figured out this type of dough is already rolled out rolled up. All I would have had to do was unroll it and save a lot of time! Next time! (Not sure why my post is appearing in caps. It’s not me.)

    Kelly Lynn

    Turned out great. i didn’t make the naan as i’m trying stay away from carbs. I also used a can of coconut milk to substitute for the cream. It came out just as creamy and was delicious- no taste of coconut whatsoever. Will definitely be in the meal prep rotation.


    Can I use low fat yogurt instead of fresh cream. Or is there any other option instead of cream


    I just made this and it’s delicious. Turned out great. Will become a regular dinner at my home!!!


    Hello, how long does it last in the fridge? And can it be frozen after it’s made?

    LINDA lopez

    Where do you get the containers?

    Sarabeth Steckerl

    Hey there!

    I love your meal prep recipes–they are really helping me keep it together on weekdays! Some of your later recipes have nutrition information on them–can you tell me what the nutrition information is for this recipe? Or, alternatively/additionally, can you tell me what site/app you use to figure out the nutrition for each recipe? It would be really helpful to have be able to figure out what i’m making in my own recipes.


    Hi can the butter chicken meal prep be frozen


    I love your recipes, but I wish you subbed plastic containers for glass or compostable. You have a huge opportunity to promote sustainability on this platform!!


      Thanks for your feedback, Tess. The plastic containers are re-usable but we are slowly transitioning to glass containers as well.


    I used coconut milk in place of cream. Worked great! Terrific recipe!


      Wow! Is that so? Will try it out today. Is that frst milk or second milk