Butter Chicken filled Pita Pockets



Created by:

Bundaberg State High School, QAST
Total time:
50 min
15 min
35 min





100gSalt reduced margarine
1unitlarge onion, diced
1tbspfresh ginger, grated
5unitgarlic cloves, crushed or pressed
2tspgaram masala
1tspground cardamon
1tspground coriander
1tspground ginger
1tspground cumin
1tspcayenne pepper (optional)
4tspground turmeric
1tbsptomato paste
400tbspfresh lemon juice
1mlLight coconut cream
1KgChicken breast/ thigh fillets
3unitmedium sweet potato, diced small
24unitmedium carrots, diced small
unitMini pita pockets ( Mission brand)


  1. Heat margarine in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and sautu00e9 until translucent (approx. 3 mins).
  3. Turn the heat down to low and stir in the garlic and spices. Add the tomato paste and cook for 1 min.
  4. Add the salt, lemon juice and the coconut cream and mix well.
  5. Turn up the heat to medium and bring the sauce to a simmer.
  6. Add the sweet potato and the carrots and let them soften a little.
  7. Add the chicken and coat well with the sauce. Cover the pan with lid and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20-25 mins or until the chicken and veggies are cooked and the sauce has thickened.
  8. (optional) Melt 50g of butter over low heat. Add 1 tsp of fresh pressed garlic and let infuse over low heat until fragrant. Take off the heat and stir in freshly cut herbs (for example parsley or coriander).
  9. Brush filled pita pockets and bake at 180C for approximately 15 mins or until golden.

Recipe description

Thanks to Sabina at Farnborough State School. Indian inspired butter chicken cooked with fresh spices, garlic and light coconut cream filled in pita pockets. A great way to use leftover butter chicken if already on your menu.


Vegetables can be changed to suit what is readily available and in season. E.g. use pumpkin instead of sweet potato etc. For efficiency, prepare a bulk spice mixture and then add tablespoons per recipe.

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