Butter Chicken

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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.



  2. Horrible! It could not have been worst than this

  3. awesome taste…

  4. its not the actual reciepe of butter chicken

  5. Gaurav Bedi

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

    Hats off to the cheffffff….

  6. i love it

  7. Harsh Vardhan Sinha

    It made an excellent outcome on the first try.

  8. good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. this is very bad recipe

  10. superb..thanks

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

  12. nice

  13. too good , really nice……..

  14. anamika das

    It’s too nice

  15. Very very good ….

  16. good one

  17. Good recipe we liked it a lot

  18. Ketaki Bhandekar

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

  19. 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..

  20. how many does it serve

  21. Excellent recipe….I tried it out

  22. Its an awesome recipe….


  24. nice taste,

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

  26. Good recipe. Marinading overnight would give better results

  27. gggggggoooooodddd

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