Butter Chicken Recipe – Step by step

If someone is a chicken lover and loves curry, it is little less likely that the person would have not heard of this extremely popular scrumptious chicken curry called “Butter Chicken”.  Murg Makhani or Butter Chicken (बटर चिकन) is one of the most popular Indian chicken recipe. This butter chicken recipe is loved by everyone for its mild flavour and deliciously rich gravy. This dish is hugely popular across the globe for its taste, though it is believed that butter chicken originated in Punjab state of India.

Butter Chicken Recipe - Easy Chicken Recipes | Your Food Fantasy
Butter Chicken Recipe – Easy Chicken Recipes | Your Food Fantasy

India being a massive country where language and food choices vary from place to place. You will find the taste of butter chicken varies depending on the region of India. My butter chicken recipe is North-Indian style. None the less, this chicken curry will taste great immaterial of where you try.

Scrumptious Butter Chicken Recipe | Your Food Fantasy
Scrumptious Butter Chicken Recipe | Your Food Fantasy

Origin of Butter Chicken

I can not say when the recipe originated. There is a belief that this recipe of butter chicken originated in 1948 by someone called Kundan Lal Gujral, in north part of India (believe it was Punjab). However, today this butter chicken curry rules the world, hence I decided to pen this down.

I by no means claim that this recipe is authentic (as when it originated). However, it is probably one of the best you will try out. This recipe has been tried multiple times and is always a hit between chicken lovers.

My simple test of finding how good food is by trying it out on my food critique husband and fussy eating daughter. If something can pass through them, likely it meets all standards.

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Butter Chicken Recipe | Chicken Recipes | Your Food Fantasy

Spices used in Butter Chicken

You will find that all the ingredients used for making butter chicken is available easily. None of the ingredient is difficult to find from any grocery store or supermarket.

The main spices used are ginger garlic paste, coriander powder, cream, cumin seeds, cashews, honey, cumin seeds, turmeric powder and butter.

Use butter gravy to make butter chicken. The addition of cream gives the curry sauce a silky rich texture. If you do try out this butter chicken in any restaurant, you may find these restaurants adding tons of butter to get the butter texture (or trying to suggest its butter chicken). However, the real smoothness shall come from gravy and yes, some amount of butter.

I hope my recipe of butter chicken here won’t leave you bloated or heavy.

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Butter Chicken Recipe | How to make butter chicken | YourFoodFantasy.com

Method

  1. First marinate the chicken in ginger garlic Paste, yogurt, lemon Juice, coriander powder, turmeric Powder, red chilli powder, cumin Powder and salt for at least 2 hours. Ideally marinate over night if you can.
  2. Now in a pan heat oil and add chopped onions and cashews to it. Once the onion has turned pinkish brown add ginger garlic paste and fry it for few minutes till the raw smell fades away.
  3. Now add tomatoes and chopped chilli to it and cover the lid. After 5 minutes take the lid out and fry till the mixture oozes oil. Now add all the spices and fry for few minutes. Switch off the flame and let it cool. Once this has cooled, transfer the mixture into a mixie jar/ blender and blend it to a smooth paste.
  4. Subsequently transfer this paste again to the same pan and put it over medium flame. Add marinated chicken and orange colour to it and add 2.5 cups of water and cover the lid of pan. Cook it for 20 minute. Add butter and check if the chicken is fully cooked. If not cooked then cook for few more minutes.
  5. Add honey and cream and mix it properly and switch off the flame. Garnish with fresh cream, finely chopped green chillies and coriander leaves.

Pro tips for making Butter Chicken

  • Always marinade the chicken. Marinade for at least 2 hours, ideally over night.
  • Add honey for that hint of sweetness. Do not go over board with honey.
  • Add cashews in the gravy for the richness in gravy. Grind the gravy to smooth paste.
  • Do not over cook chicken. Chicken will otherwise break / crumble.
  • You can make gravy ahead of time and freeze it.

Storage Instructions

  • You can store cooked butter chicken in refrigerator for 2-3 of days.
  • You can freeze butter chicken curry. Once thawed, do not refreeze again.
  • The gravy itself can be made and kept frozen for months. Keep gravy in small packs and freeze it. Take out as many packs as required.

Serving suggestion for Butter Chicken

Serve butter chicken hot with steamed rice, or any Indian bread, such as butter naan.

If you are a chicken lover, you can try few other chicken recipes from my blog like, Shami Kebab, Chicken Liver fry, South Indian style dry chicken curry, Chilli Chicken, etc.

Let’s get to the step by step recipe of butter chicken, hopefully you will find it easy to use.

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Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken, mouthwatering chicken recipe to go with naan or rice.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Marination 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 5 Portions
Calories 371 kcal

Ingredients
  

For Marination

  • 1 Kg Chicken Pieces
  • 1.5 Tablespoon Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1.5 Tablespoon Yogurt
  • 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 Teaspoon Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin Powder
  • Salt To Taste

For Gravy

  • 2 Onions Big Sized – Chopped
  • 3 Tomatoes Medium Sized – Chopped
  • 1 Green chilli Finely Chopped
  • 1.5 Tablespoon Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • 8-10 Piece Cashews Optional
  • 3 Tablespoon Double Cream / Full Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Teaspoon Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter Chicken Masala
  • Salt To Taste
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 2 Tablespoon Oil
  • 1 Pinch Orange Food Colour Optional
  • Fresh Coriander Leaves Chopped for garnishing – Optional

Instructions
 

  • First of all mix all the ingredients for marination in a mixing bowl to make a paste.
    Butter chicken receipe at yourfoodfantasy.com by-meenu gupta
  • Put the chicken pieces into the paste and cover the bowl with cling film and place it in refrigerator and let it marinate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
    Butter chicken recipe at yourfoodfantasy.com by meenu gupta
  • In a pan heat oil and add chopped onions and cashews to it. Once the onion has turned pinkish brown add ginger garlic paste and fry it for few minutes till the raw smell fades away.
    Butter chicken recipe at-yourfoodfantasy.com by meenu gupta
  • Now add tomatoes and chopped chilli to it and cover the lid. After 5 minutes take the lid out and fry till the mixture oozes oil. Now add all the spices and fry for few minutes. Switch off the flame and let it cool. Once this has cooled, transfer the mixture into a mixie jar/ blender and blend it to a smooth paste.
  • Now transfer this paste again to the same pan and put it over medium flame. Add marinated chicken and orange colour to it and add 2.5 cups of water and cover the lid of pan. Cook it for 20 minute. Add butter and check whether the chicken is fully cooked, if not then cook for few more minutes.
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  • Now is the time to add honey and cream and mix it properly and switch off the flame.
  • Garnish with fresh cream, finely chopped green chillies and coriander leaves. Enjoy your Butter Chicken with Rice, Naan or Chapatti (Indian Bread)
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Notes

  • Be careful with honey, too much honey can spoil the taste.
  • Orange colour, cashew are optional, but will give good colour and taste respectively if added.
  • Cook chicken thoroughly, however do not over cook as it may melt/break chicken pieces in the gravy.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Butter Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 371 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 114mg38%
Sodium 368mg16%
Potassium 830mg24%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 40g80%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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    1. So happy to learn that it came out well 🙂

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