Easy Butter Chicken Recipe

June 24, 2020
Aromatic and tasty Indian Butter Chicken recipe

Authentic Butter Chicken

Butter chicken or known as Murg Makhani is one of the most popular dish in any Indian restaurants.
The good news is, butter chicken is not that difficult to cook in your humble kitchen.

The ingredients I had listed below seems like a mountain!! 
Trust me, once you go through what's needed, it's peanuts.

What is Butter Chicken?

Originated from Northern India. Butter chicken is considered as a mild curry, cooked in mildly spiced tomato gravy.
Its buttery gravy with addition of yoghurt, almond meal, gives the sauce a smooth, silky and slightly nutty taste.

What is the difference between Butter Chicken and Tikka Masala?

Butter chicken is cooked in a pot or pan on a stove and Chicken Tikka Masala is cooked using a tandoor oven.

Butter chicken cooked in spiced creamy tomato sauce, while chicken tikka has marinated chicken pieces cooked on skewer over tandoor oven or bbq.

How to make Butter Chicken?

I have listed down the ingredients and method in the printable recipe card below.

1. Ingredients

Words of advice! 
Don't be intimidated with the long list of ingredients!

butter chicken ingredients
2. Saute Onion till they caramelised

saute onion
3. Add marinated chicken pieces or chicken thigh 

marinated chicken pieces<
4. Add remaining of the ingredients. 
Follow the method in the recipe card below

Cooking butter chicken
5. Skip this step if your tomatoes has not much juice or use chicken stock in cube (instead of using liquid chicken stock)

I needed to thicken the sauce, hence I dish out the chicken pieces. 
No one like soft mushy chicken, right?

chicken pieces
6. Dollop butter on soon to be butter chicken

dollops of butter on cooked butter chicken
7. Place under broiler / griller 

buttered chicken

What do you serve with Butter Chicken?

Butter chicken is best serve immediately with Naan or basmati rice.
And not to forget the spicy potatoes, Potato Masala as your side dish.

 Oh, don't forget your papadums (I usually microwave my papadums) and vegetables!

Authentic butter chicken recipe

What to do with any leftover Butter Chicken?

Any leftover butter chicken, keep in an air tight container and place them in your refrigerator.
Heat thoroughly and consume within 2 days.
Butter chicken is freezable too.

Delicious Butter Chicken or Murgh Makhani recipe.  Butter Chicken is a Moghul Dish uses clarified butter or ghee.