Butter chicken receipe at yourfoodfantasy.com by meenu-gupta

Butter Chicken / Murg Makhani

Murg Makhani or Butter Chicken is one of the most popular Indian chicken recipe loved by everyone for its mild flavour and deliciously rich gravy. This dish is hugely popular across the globe for its taste, though it originated in Punjab state of India.

Preparation time : 30-40 minutes

Cooking time : 30 minutes

Serving : 4-5



For Marination:

  1. Chicken pieces – 1 kg
  2. Ginger-garlic paste – 1.5 tablespoon
  3. Yogurt – 1.5 tablespoon
  4. Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon
  5. Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon
  6. Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon
  7. Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  8. Red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  9. Ginger powder – 1/4 teaspoon
  10. Black pepper powder – 1/4 teaspoon
  11. Salt – to taste

For Gravy:

  1. Onion – 2 big size(chopped)
  2. Tomatoes – 3 medium sized(chopped)
  3. Green chilli – 1(finely chopped)
  4. Ginger-garlic paste – 1.5 tablespoons
  5. Cumin seeds – 1 tablespoon
  6. Cashews – 5-6
  7. Double cream – 3 tablespoon
  8. Unsalted butter – 1 tablespoon
  9. Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon
  10. Kashmiri Mirch powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  11. Butter chicken masala – 1 tablespoon
  12. Salt – to taste
  13. Honey -1 tablespoon
  14. Oil – 2 tablespoon
  15. Orange colour – 1 pinch
  16. Chopped coriander leaves



First of all mixture of ingredients for marination in a mixing bowl to make a paste.

Butter chicken receipe at yourfoodfantasy.com by-meenu gupta

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 8 hours or overnight.

Butter chicken receipe 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 receipe at-yourfoodfantasy.com by meenu gupta

Now add tomatoes and chopped chilli to it and cover the lid.

Butter chicken receipe-at-yourfoodfantasy.com-by meenu gupta

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.

Butter-chicken receipe at yourfoodfantasy.com by meenu gupta

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)

Key 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.


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