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How to make Indian Butter Chicken

Butter chicken simmers in a buttery tomato sauce and is punctuated by several special spices and herbs. Skip the Indian takeout and cook up your very own version of the popular dish!

What Is Butter Chicken?

Butter chicken is prepared with marinated chicken that’s first grilled and then served in a rich gravy (a.k.a. curry) made with tomato, butter, and a special spice blend as a base.

Unlike most Indian curries where the preparation of the base starts with a blend of onion and a ginger garlic paste cooked in oil, butter chicken uses tomato as a base and is cooked in butter, giving it a slightly sweet flavor. Cashews and almonds add to the sweetness and richness of the dish.

The History of Butter Chicken

The roots of butter chicken are only as recent as the 1950s, when it was developed accidentally by the chef of famous restaurant Moti Mahal in Delhi, the capital of India. For chef Kundan Lal Gujral, it was a common practice to throw in butter, tomatoes, and leftover tandoori chicken into a pot to make use of the leftovers.

Little did he know that this dish would become their best seller and put them on the map. Now the recipe is adapted by restaurants across the world, though it’s really a “special occasion” dish in Indian homes.

Indian Style Butter Chicken
Indian Style Butter Chicken

Indian butter chicken, also known as murgh makhani, is a popular and delicious North Indian dish. It features tender chicken cooked in a rich and creamy tomato-based sauce. Here’s a recipe to guide you through the process:

Ingredients:
  • 1.5 lbs (700g) boneless chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 can (14 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • Fresh cilantro leaves for garnish
Instructions:
  1. In a large bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, garam masala, chili powder, cumin, coriander, turmeric, and salt. Mix well. Add the chicken pieces to the marinade, coat them evenly, and let them marinate for at least 1 hour (or overnight in the refrigerator for even better flavor).

  2. In a large pan or skillet, melt the butter and vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and cook until they become soft and translucent.

  3. Add the minced garlic and grated ginger to the pan and sauté for another minute until fragrant.

  4. Increase the heat to medium-high and add the marinated chicken pieces (discard any excess marinade). Cook the chicken until it is browned on all sides, about 5-7 minutes.

  5. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the crushed tomatoes to the pan. Stir well to combine the tomatoes with the chicken and spices. Cover the pan and let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through and tender.

  6. Stir in the heavy cream and sugar (if using) into the pan. Continue to cook for an additional 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together. Taste and adjust the salt and spices according to your preference.

  7. Once the chicken is cooked and the sauce has thickened to your desired consistency, remove from heat. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves.

Serve the Indian butter chicken hot with naan bread, steamed rice, or roti. It pairs well with a side of cucumber raita or a fresh salad. Enjoy your homemade butter chicken!

Indian Style Butter Chicken
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You can freeze this dish in an airtight covered container or a zip-top bag for a month. Thaw and reheat in a saucepan over medium-low heat to retain the texture.

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