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Butter Chicken

by Praveen Kumar
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A classic and popular restaurant dish that goes well with naan and rice dishes.
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Butter Chicken is an all-time favourite dish across the Indian subcontinent. Typically served as a side dish to naan, rotis or pulaos, this dish can be seen in every Indian restaurant across United States, Middle East, UK and other western countries.

A staple of Punjabi cuisine, tender chicken pieces are cooked in a rich tomato & cream based gravy.

Also known as Murgh Makhani, there are numerous variations to this classic Indian chicken dish. Whatever the variation is, enjoy this exotic dish at the comfort of your own home for the most delicious lunch or dinner.

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Butter Chicken Recipe

A classic and popular restaurant dish that goes well with naan and rice dishes.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Marinade Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 40 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: popular, restaurant

Ingredients for Butter Chicken

  • 200 g Boneless Chicken cut into small pieces
  • 1 1/2 tsp Lemon Juice
  • as per taste Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 2 tsp Butter
  • Wooden Skewers soaked in water

For the Sauce:

  • 5 to 6 Tomatoes chopped
  • 1/4 tsp Fenugreek Leaves Powder
  • 2 Green Cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp Mace Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 2 to 3 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1/4 inch Ginger finely chopped
  • as per taste Salt
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 2 tblsp Thick Cream
  • 2 + 2 tsp Butter

For the Marinade:

  • 1/4 cup Yogurt
  • 2 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1/4 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • as required Oil
  • as per taste Salt

How to make Butter Chicken

  • Using a fork, gently prick the chicken pieces all over.
  • Transfer to a large bowl.
  • Add lemon juice, salt and red chilli powder.
  • Mix well until the chicken pieces are coated with the spices.
  • Cover the bowl with cling film and keep it in the fridge for 20 to 40 minutes.
  • To make the marinade, combine all the marinade ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  • Remove the chicken from the fridge and pour the marinade all over.
  • Mix well until it is evenly coated.
  • Cover again with cling film and keep it in the fridge for 3 hours.
  • Preheat an oven to 200C/400F.
  • Thread the marinated chicken pieces onto the wooden skewers.
  • Place them on a baking tray lined with baking sheet and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Baste them with butter and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken pieces and keep aside.
  • Heat a nonstick pan over medium flame.
  • Add butter.
  • When it melts, add mace powder and green cardamoms.
  • Mix the red chilli powder with little water and add to the pan.
  • Add the ginger, garlic, tomatoes and mix well.
  • Cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until the tomatoes become pulpy.
  • Remove and strain this mixture.
  • Blend this mixture until smooth and transfer to the pan.
  • Reduce the flame to low.
  • Add 1 tsp butter and cook for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Add the fenugreek leaf powder and stir well.
  • After 3 minutes, add honey, cream and salt.
  • Mix well and cook for another 3 minutes.
  • Now add the chicken pieces and cook for 2 to 4 minutes.
  • Switch off the flame.
  • Serve hot with naan.

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65 comments

ANTRIYA JEGAN April 2, 2014 - 12:27 am

really awesome and such a tastilicious recipe

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pooja October 19, 2013 - 6:20 pm

Excellent

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shreyanka saha March 30, 2011 - 3:31 am

it is a quite good

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sarosh March 16, 2011 - 11:20 am

good

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yesha February 26, 2011 - 5:20 am

good

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pardeep November 17, 2010 - 9:13 am

good

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masharib October 25, 2010 - 2:04 pm

no i was just rating it so pls dont fel bad

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SMIKESH October 20, 2010 - 10:29 am

iam a great fan of butter chicken i like it

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sandy October 8, 2010 - 10:13 am

awesome cusinie

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sushma September 28, 2010 - 2:59 am

it very poor

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Priti September 17, 2010 - 6:33 am

Liked the recipe provided.

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Rama August 28, 2010 - 12:13 am

nkhii

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Rama August 27, 2010 - 11:54 pm

Good

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Sireesha August 22, 2010 - 4:31 am

I prepared it today and we all enjoyed it specially my kid liked it very much.

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manju June 27, 2010 - 3:52 am

good one need to download

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Mohd junaid June 26, 2010 - 3:00 am

thankyou
I will try to make it today.

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nandita June 16, 2010 - 11:37 pm

hmmm sounding delicious n nw i’ll make it for my fiancee

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shyam May 24, 2010 - 7:52 am

let me try it once …..

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juhi singh April 20, 2010 - 3:18 am

needs for modifications

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juhi singh April 20, 2010 - 3:16 am

needs more modification

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danile Varghese April 3, 2010 - 1:57 am

it’s amazing

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ankit March 18, 2010 - 10:51 am

Yeah… It was very helpful…. Just as good as it should be.. Very helpful for bacheolars who are bored with eating same kind of food for a couple of months

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Prabhu kumar February 1, 2010 - 7:59 am

i like butter cicken so much and also it is very easy recpie to understand.

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candy January 29, 2010 - 9:49 am

well this is not the exact preperation of butter chicken. before addin the chicken to gravy , its roasted frst like tandoori chicken then added to the gravy.

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Guneet January 29, 2010 - 2:52 am

I made chicken for the first time in life with this recipe… Everyone loved it 🙂

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anand January 25, 2010 - 4:38 am

you missed out tomato without which its incomplete

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shruti December 30, 2009 - 2:44 am

good one

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Aisha November 16, 2009 - 2:36 am

nice recipe 🙂

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Aisha November 16, 2009 - 2:35 am

nice recipe 🙂

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Manisha Pandel November 8, 2009 - 7:18 am

Wow this is so cool. I’ll try this recipe tonight.

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chef amir November 1, 2009 - 7:43 am

butter chicken is nice dish this is mostly having in india lot of people like this dish

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ajay October 18, 2009 - 5:29 am

great simple & fantastic

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rakshaya October 18, 2009 - 12:03 am

so nice

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venugopal rao October 14, 2009 - 1:13 am

JUST GREAT AND SIMPLE RECEPIE TO UNDERSTAND.

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venugopal rao October 14, 2009 - 1:12 am

JUST GREAT AND SIMPLE.

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PRADEEP September 13, 2009 - 12:54 pm

THIS IS EXCELLENT RECIPE OUR FAMILY ALWAYS LOVE TO HAVE IT

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munish September 1, 2009 - 5:26 am

gooood

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munish September 1, 2009 - 5:23 am

good

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Jaiwant August 22, 2009 - 1:44 pm

Horrible! It could not have been worst than this

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lavina August 3, 2009 - 5:20 am

awesome taste…

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sanjeev August 1, 2009 - 7:49 am

its not the actual reciepe of butter chicken

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Gaurav Bedi July 8, 2009 - 1:37 am

Its awesome…….1st time I prepared Butter Chicken and it was awesome……

Hats off to the cheffffff….

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akash July 1, 2009 - 1:39 am

i love it

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Harsh Vardhan Sinha June 19, 2009 - 10:13 am

It made an excellent outcome on the first try.

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rajesh June 12, 2009 - 5:12 am

good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ankit June 8, 2009 - 10:17 am

this is very bad recipe

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sonchita June 2, 2009 - 6:44 am

superb..thanks

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sonchita June 2, 2009 - 6:42 am

i always want to cook butter chicken..last weekend i tried..it was superb…thanks for recipe

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slsahay June 2, 2009 - 5:28 am

nice

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anand April 10, 2009 - 3:16 am

too good , really nice……..

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anamika das March 4, 2009 - 9:14 pm

It’s too nice

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Ameya March 3, 2009 - 3:05 am

Very very good ….

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Gaurav December 31, 2008 - 3:58 am

good one

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rohi December 20, 2008 - 11:28 am

Good recipe we liked it a lot

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Ketaki Bhandekar December 20, 2008 - 9:16 am

very good. pleases my dutch fiance’s taste buds.

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lynda October 27, 2008 - 1:55 pm

i want to try it soon some of these ingrediance i have to buy does anyone know of any other indian food i should try. ki really love millagwatoy soup and korms.. mmhhm korms add some recipes people..

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annie October 26, 2008 - 11:43 pm

how many does it serve

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Emma October 20, 2008 - 4:06 am

Excellent recipe….I tried it out

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sagar October 10, 2008 - 1:21 am

Its an awesome recipe….

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reshma September 29, 2008 - 1:37 am

I LIKE IT VERY MUCH.
I NEVER FOR GET IT.

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sanjeev soni September 12, 2008 - 12:44 am

nice taste,

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Flory September 11, 2008 - 5:39 am

Excellent very good taste & also I like all the recipes of Sanjeev Bhai. Keep it up

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Lloyd August 10, 2008 - 2:29 am

Good recipe. Marinading overnight would give better results

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madhu April 23, 2008 - 3:17 am

gggggggoooooodddd

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madhu April 23, 2008 - 3:16 am

good

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