Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken ( Murgh Makhani ) is one of the most popular curries in the populace and yet happens to be one of the easiest ! No hunting down hard to find ingredients, this is a Chef recipe that makes the most incredible curry sauce .
The chicken is fabulously attendant and injected with spirit from a yogurt marinade, and the Butter Chicken sauce is thus laughably delicious, you ’ ll want it on exploit !
Butter Chicken on rice in a rustic black bowl, ready to be eaten

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Butter Chicken – a Chef recipe!

As person who loves food with boastful, BIG relish, it ’ mho no storm that indian is one of my front-runner foods. A good curry and orgy watch Netflix is pretty a lot my estimate of a perfective Friday night. # NanaAlert ! 😂
adenine much as I love making amerind food at home, sometimes I find the list of ingredients daunting. It ’ mho easy adequate to make once I gather all the ingredients, but that ’ s where I normally fall short because it requires a trip to an amerind grocery store shop – and my closest one is a fair tug away .
Butter Chicken is one of the few exceptions. I was elated when I discovered a Chef recipe for Butter Chicken and realised how easy it is. But more importantly, you can get all the ingredients from any supermarket. Yes !

Is Butter Chicken really Indian??

YES it is ! It ’ mho called Murgh Makhani and it hails from Northern India. It ’ s quite a mild curry compared to many indian curries, and outside of India, it ’ second become barely about everybody ’ s favorite curry !
Close up of Butter Chicken in a skillet, fresh off the stove

How to make Butter Chicken – in 3 Simple Steps

  1. Make Butter Chicken Marinade and marinate chicken for 3+ hours ( overnight is best )
  2. Cook chicken
  3. Make sauce in the same frying pan

The secret to the offer, flavour infused chicken is a spiciness infused yogurt marinade made with fresh ginger, garlic, lemon juice and spices. The spices in Butter Chicken are turmeric, garam masala, chili gunpowder and cumin .

Did you know….You don’t need copious amounts of butter for a great Butter Chicken!

The beautiful Butter Chicken Sauce largely gets its richness from cream. While some restaurants take it over the top by stirring in a ( very ! ) generous measure of butter into the sauce at the end, I find that it ’ south rich enough as it is. The Butter Chicken flavor and feel – but less greasy than restaurant versions !
How to make Butter Chicken
Butter Chicken dinner menu with papadums, naan and basmati rice
The sauce will initially be a pale orange color but as it simmers and thickens, the tinge will deepen to a rich orange color .

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What to serve with Butter Chicken

Made this the other night. INSANELY DELICIOUS!!! Barely spicy, the kids wolfed it down! To make a proper indian feast, sides and starters are essentials ! Because every dress needs papadums for dunking and nan to scoop up the sauce with, right field ?

  • No-fry quick papadums – merely microwave them ! Place the papadums around the boundary of the microwave turntable and cook on high for 45 seconds to 1 hour or until they are puffed up. They ’ ll be cushy while warm but deoxyadenosine monophosphate soon as they cool down, they crisp up. They don ’ metric ton expand angstrom a lot as when deep fried, but neither will your thighs. 😂
  • samosa ! The ultimate indian appetizer. Leftovers make great snacks or evening lunch !
  • Proper naan – A recipe in the works for 5 years, I ’ meter thrilled to last parcel my proper nan recipe that can be well made at home ( no tandoor needed ! )
  • Shortcut “naan” – For a simple, no-yeast flatbread that ’ s just american samoa good, my Easy No Yeast Flatbread looks and tastes identical like to actual nan ( except it ’ mho much faster and easier ! ). Try telling me this doesn ’ t look like it belongs in this feast !

Easy Soft Flatbread NAAN
And it ’ s MADE for dunking in that creamy Butter Chicken Sauce ! !
Close up of naan being used to scoop up Butter Chicken
Readers have besides asked for vegetable side options – to add some greens to a meal. indian food doesn ’ triiodothyronine very have fresh slope salads like in western cuisine. partially because so much indian food is vegetarian, so you get plenty of veggies in your diet !
But here are some Vegetable Side Options you can add on the side of Butter Chicken :
I hope this has inspired you to try your hand at making an amerind feed at home ! You will honestly be amazed how much depth of spirit there is in the Butter Chicken despite how few ingredients are in it. – Nagi x

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Butter Chicken served over basmati rice in a bowl, ready to be served

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RECIPE VIDEO above. This is a Chef recipe and is one of the easiest Indian curries to make. The Butter Chicken Sauce is so good that you will want it on tap! Many restaurants take it over the top by adding copious amounts of ghee or butter into the sauce, but you’ll find this rich enough as it is with the rich, creamy sauce!



  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt , full adipose tissue

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

  • 1 tsp tumeric powderize

  • 2 tsp garam masala ( Note 1 )

  • 1/2 tsp chili powder or cayenne pepper gunpowder ( Note 2 )

  • 1 tsp ground cumin

  • 1 tbsp ginger, impertinently grated

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1.5 pound / 750 gram chicken second joint fillets, cut into sting size pieces


  • 2 tbsp ( 30 thousand ) ghee or butter, OR 1 tbsp vegetable petroleum ( Note 3 )

  • 1 cup tomato passata ( aka tomato puree ) ( Note 4 )

  • 1 cup heavy / thickened cream ( Note 5 )

  • 1 tbsp sugar

  • 1 1/4 tsp salt

To serve – choose

  • Basmati rice

  • White rice

  • Coriander/cilantro ( optional )


  • Optional blitz: for an extra smooth sauce, combine the Marinade ingredients (except the chicken) in a food processor and blend until smooth. (I do not do this)

  • Marinade: Combine the Marinade ingredients with the chicken in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight, or up to 24 hours (minimum 3 hrs).

  • Cook chicken: Heat the ghee (butter or oil) over high heat in a large fry pan. Take the chicken out of the Marinade but do not wipe or shake off the marinade from the chicken (but don’t pour the Marinade left in the bowl into the fry pan). 

  • Place chicken in the fry pan and cook for around 3 minutes, or until the chicken is white all over (it doesn’t really brown because of the Marinade).

  • Sauce: Add the tomato passata, cream, sugar and salt. Also add any remaining marinade left in the bowl. Turn down to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Do a taste test to see if it needs more salt.

  • garnish with coriander/cilantro leaves if using. Serve with basmati rice .
  • The Butter Chicken is pictured with my identical easy No Yeast Flatbread and no-fry papadums ( Note 5 ) .

Recipe Notes:

1. Garam Masala is a zest mix that is promptly available at supermarkets nowadays. You will find it in the zest section and it costs around the same as other spices .
2. Pure chilli powder – This is not chili powder as Americans know it ! american english Chili Powder contains things other than ground dried chili. Use pure chili powderize or cayenne pepper to add a spice complain. The spiciness is very balmy .
3. Ghee is a clarified butter used in Indian cooking (see this is a clarify butter used in indian cook ( see this Movie Popcorn Butter recipe for more information ). For this recipe, it can be substituted with butter or about any neutral season cooking oil .
4. Tomato passata is pureed tin tomatoes. Nowadays it is readily available in supermarkets, normally aboard pasta sauces. It costs good a bantam bit more, sometimes the same, as canned tomatoes. Called Tomato Puree in America .
If you ca n’t find it, puree canned tomatoes using a blender. This will besides work with what is called “ Tomato Sauce ” in America ( Australia ! Do n’t use what we call Tomato Sauce ! )
5. For a lighter version, use OR for a lighter version habit 3/4 cup light cream + 1/4 cup milk ( broad fatness or broken fatty )
6. No Fry Quick Papadums – place store bought bleak papadums ( which are truly cheap – around $ 1 for a packet ) in the microwave on the edge of the turntable. then microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute, or until puffed up. They will crisp up when they cool .
7. Adapted from a recipe by Luke Mangan, an australian chef and restaurateur. The lone adjustments I made was to add salt ( I am indisputable it was unwittingly omitted from his recipe ) and providing the lighter choice for the skim .

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Originally published July 2015. Updated for housekeeping matters and a new video added January 2019. But most importantly, Life of Dozer section added! 

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