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Butter Chicken

Sandeep.Agrawa's picture
A delicious chicken dish that can be made as hot or as mild as you wish - a perfect meal for curry lovers who want to keep it simple. Taste our Butter Chicken recipe
  Chicken breasts 2 , cut in to chunks
  Vegetable oil 2 Tablespoon
  Butter 2 Tablespoon
  Onion 1 , chopped
  Cinnamon 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Garlic 1 Teaspoon, crushed
  Ginger 1 Teaspoon, crushed
  Turmeric powder 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Cream 3 Teaspoon
  Chili powder 1 Teaspoon
  Ground almonds 2 Tablespoon
  Whole peeled tomatoes 220 Gram
  Tomato paste 1 Tablespoon
  Natural yoghurt 1 Tablespoon
  Coriander/Spinach 2 Tablespoon, chopped
  Salt To Taste
  Pepper To Taste

Step 1:
Season the chicken.
Begin by seasoning the chicken with a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper.
Step 2:
Heat the oil and begin to fry the chicken.
Using a large frying pan, heat the vegetable oil and add the chicken.
Step 3:
Fry for 3-4 minutes.
Fry the chicken for 3-4 minutes until it turns a golden-brown colour.
Step 4:
Remove the chicken.
Take the chicken out of the frying pan and put it aside.
Step 5:
Melt the butter.
Use the same frying pan to melt the butter.
Step 6:
Fry the onion with the cinnamon.
Now add the onion and cinnamon and fry together in the pan.
Step 7:
Add the remaining ingredients.
At this point add the crushed garlic, crushed ginger, turmeric, chilli powder, almonds, peeled tomatoes, tomato paste and the natural yoghurt. Stir all of the ingredients together and mix thoroughly.
Step 8:
Bring to the boil and cook.
Bring the ingredients to a boil and stir for 4-5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Step 9:
Add the chicken.
Put the chicken back into the pan and combine with the other ingredients.
Step 10:
Add Cream
Step 11:
Add the fresh coriander.
To compliment the dish, add the coriander (or fresh spinach if you prefer) and mix with the sauce.
Step 12:
Serve while streaming and eat up!
Spoon the chicken and the sauce onto a large serving dish and serve with rice and naan bread. A perfect curry dish that goes down well with an icy Asian beer.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Spicy, Buttery
Slow Cooked
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
40 Minutes
Butter chicken or Murgh makhani is an Indian dish from the Punjab region popular in countries all over the world that have a tradition of Indian restaurants. While the dish's general recipe is well known, the actual flavour can vary from restaurant to restaurant even within India. Butter chicken is usually served with naan, roti, parathas or steamed rice.
Butter Chicken

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 281 Calories from Fat 143

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 16 g24.9%

Saturated Fat 5.4 g27%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 66.8 mg22.3%

Sodium 286.2 mg11.9%

Total Carbohydrates 12 g3.9%

Dietary Fiber 2.3 g9.2%

Sugars 5 g

Protein 22 g44.2%

Vitamin A 29.8% Vitamin C 19.9%

Calcium 6.6% Iron 8%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


shantihhh's picture
My husband loves Chicken Makhani-but he loves the taste one local restaurant makes. It seems theirs doesn't have so much tomato. I have tried several recipes and all have been tasty but not the same taste as Madras Restaurat in San Ramon, California. I have asked the chef and she says-even I can't make it at home in a small amount to have this taste. Frustrating as I'd love to be able to duplicate the flavour of hers. Shanti/Mary-Anne
Rajan and Laxman's picture
Absolutely delicious recipe.
Curry Club's picture
Wow, what a great looking dish. I'll be trying that one.
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