Epcot Food and Wine Festival Recipe: Butter Chicken from the Africa Booth

We now have nearly all of the pieces in place for the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

And I don’t know about you guys, but around here, we’re pretty excited. :-D

Africa Booth

Africa Booth

The Festival will last longer than ever in 2016 — get ready to Eat and Drink Around the World from September 14 through November 14!

Of course, we love all of the Special Events and Low Cost Seminars and Demonstrations. And this year, we already have our seats booked for the brand new Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It Workshops. This new hands on experience promises to make the festival more interactive than ever.

Ready to Plan for Your Epcot Food and Wine Festival Trip?

The DFB Guide to the 2016 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book is now available for pre-order! This 250+-page guide to the Festival offers insider tips and advice as well as all of the details you need to know to plan your best Festival visit ever.

2015 DFB F&W Guide Cover

Your purchase includes several bonus items as well — including a full daily schedule of events at the Festival and a printable World Showcase Booth Menu Checklist to carry with you as you Eat around the World!

Order your 2016 edition today and we’ll immediately send you the 2015 edition for FREE to get started on planning right away! Don’t miss a moment of the fun!

Use code Chefs at check-out for a 20% off the cover price!

Speaking of being interactive, one way we love to count down the days until the Festival is by making some of our favorite dishes. And one of my super top favorites is Butter Chicken from the Africa Booth!

The dish has long been a favorite of mine at Sanaa. So I was so happy to see it debut on the Promenade last year!

Buttered Chicken with Micro Cilantro and Naan Bread

Buttered Chicken with Micro Cilantro and Naan Bread

And now, with this handy recipe, you and I can make it at home between visits!

Butter Chicken

Africa Booth
Serves 4 to 6


1 tablespoon canola oil
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced green pepper
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon garlic paste
1 teaspoon ginger paste
1 1/4 teaspoons garam masala
1 1/4 teaspoons chili powder
1 1/4 teaspoons cumin
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup tomato puree
1 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup plain yogurt
coarse salt, freshly ground pepper

4 teaspoons garam masala
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 pounds boneless and skineless chicken thighs, cut into bite size pieces
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup chicken broth
coarse salt, freshly ground pepper


1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and green pepper and saute 3 to 5 minutes, or until soft.

2. Add butter, lemon juice, garlic paste, ginger paste, garam masala, chili powder, cumin, bay leaves, and cayenne pepper; stir 1-2 minutes.

3. Add tomato puree and cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

4. Reduce to low heat; add cream and yogurt and simmer 8 to 10 minutes.

5. Remove bay leaves. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside and keep warm.


1. Combine garam masala and cayenne pepper in a bowl large enough to hold chicken. Toss with chicken until evenly coated; set aside.

2. Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken and saute 5 minutes until browned.

3. Lower heat to medium-lowand stir in 1/2 cup of sauce; simmer 3 to 5 minutes, or until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Stir in remaining sauce.

4. Mix cornstarch and chicken broth together in a small bowl. Stir into chicken and simmer 5 minutes, or until sauce thickens. Season with salt and pepper.

To Serve:

Serve over basmati or jasmine rice with warm naan bread.

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Recipe: Butter Chicken from the Africa Booth

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How to Book Epcot Food & Wine Festival Events

To book all special events and demonstrations, call 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378) starting July 21. Join the Disney Food Blog Newsletter to find out as soon as we do about details and booking dates! Culinary Demonstrations and Beverage Seminars and general admission for some special events may be bookable online at www.epcotfoodfestival.com as well as by phone.

Tables in Wonderland members, Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and Golden Oak Residents will be eligible for a $2 discount (per person, per event) for beverage and seminars and culinary demos taking place Mon-Thurs during the festival. These members will be able to book seminars and demos July 19th at 9AM. (Note: According to an official Disney World Annual Passholder website and email, booking for low-cost demonstrations begins for Annual Passholders ONLY on July 18th. We can find no other confirmation of this date, but we wanted to be sure you were aware of all possibilities!) Discounts are by phone only at 407-WDW-FEST (939-3378). Stay tuned to DisneyFoodBlog.com and the Disney Food Blog Newsletter for details.

Chase Disney Visa Cardholders can book select special events, demos, and seminars on July 19th as well. A limited number of seats are available for the booking date.

We’ll be making this DFB Favorite dish this weekend for sure!

And now we want to hear from you — what is your favorite Food and Wine Festival dish to make at home? Leave a comment and let us know!


  1. Rich says

    My two favorites were the Kielbasa and Pierogie dish from Poland, and the Beef Tips over Grits from Africa… PLEASE. add the Beef Tips recipe online.. it was SOOO good! Thank you!

  2. gigi says

    Could you please expand on garlic paste and ginger paste? Are they simply very finely chopped/pureed garlic &/or ginger, or are they a special preparation? Thank you.

  3. says

    Gigi — Garlic Paste is a condiment made of garlic, oil, lemon juice, and salt, pureed to a fine paste. Ginger Paste is a mixture of ginger and water, pureed to a fine paste. While you may find them available in Asian or Indian markets, they’re pretty easy to whip up at home. Just google either, and you’ll find recipes. Best of luck! (And now, I’m gonna have to make Butter Chicken for dinner. :-D )

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