Butter Chicken Recipe

Butter Chicken


  • 2 regular packages of boneless chicken breast or thighs, cut into cubes
  • 1 tablespoon of turmeric
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon of garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon of ginger paste
  • 1 cup of plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon of ground coriander
  • 1 large tomatoe, finely chopped
  • salt to taste

How to make Butter Chicken

This recipe is more traditional and not as generic, so the fat content is alot less. If you do want a richer dish, add 1/2 cup of cream in the end. Make sure to add hot to cold not vice versa, so that the cream does not curdle.

  1. In a large bowl, combine 1 tablespoon of turmeric, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 cup of yogurt, and the cubed chicken.
  2. Mix well and cover with plastic wrap - put into the fridge to marinate for a few hours or over night
  3. In a pan, heat 2 tablespoons of oil and saute onions until golden brown
  4. Add garlic and ginger paste
  5. Add tomatoe puree and allow to cook for 5 minutes
  6. Add butter
  7. Add the marinated chicken (along with the yogurt) and cook thoroughly
  8. Add garam masala, sugar, chili powder, coriander, and cumin
  9. Cook on medium heat for 15 minutes and add salt to taste
  10. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves if desired
  • Roberto
    Roberto says

    I could eat that everyday. The yogurt is the key for that nice creamy tang...Nice!

  • iconsam
    iconsam says

    Awesome. This looks fantastic.

  • afharms
    afharms says

    I am hoping to try this one this weekend! If I do, will post a rating and let you know how it went.

  • worldpeas
    worldpeas says

    love the sheen on that :)

  • flowergirl2711
    flowergirl2711 says

    nice, but the ingredients looks like more of a curry chicken than butter chicken? correct me if i'm wrong :)

  • violetta
    violetta says

    There are actually many butter chicken recipes. What makes it 'butter chicken' is actually the butter, the yogurt/cream and the tomatoe. Spices should be minimal.

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