Delicious Butter Chicken Recipe

Butter chicken, also known as Murgh Makhani, is a popular Indian dish that has won over the palates and hearts of people all over the world.

You’ll be transported to the streets of India by the dish’s thick, creamy tomato-based sauce and the tender chicken pieces it’s made with.

We’ll walk you through a genuine butter chicken dish in this recipe, one that will excite your taste buds and leave you wanting more.

Delicious Butter Chicken Recipe

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 450 kcal


  • Mixing bowl
  • Baking Sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Large Skillet or Sauce Pan
  • Small sauce Pan


  • 1.5 pounds (700g) boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons of ground coriander ground
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon paprika teaspoon
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 0.5 teaspoons chili powder (adjust to taste)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter divided
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 big onion finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 inch piece of ginger grated
  • 1 can (14 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
  • salt to taste
  • fresh cilantro chopped for garnish


  • Marinating the Chicken
    Start by marinating the chicken to provide delicious tastes. Yogurt, lemon juice, cumin, coriander, turmeric, paprika, garam masala, and chili powder should all be combined in a bowl. Make sure the chicken pieces are thoroughly covered in the marinade before adding them. For best results, marinate the food overnight in the refrigerator with the bowl covered.
  • Baking the Chicken
    Turn on the oven to 400 °F (200 °C). On a baking sheet covered with parchment paper, arrange the marinated chicken pieces. Bake the chicken for about 20 minutes, or until it is cooked through and starts to turn a light golden color. While you make the sauce, put the chicken aside.
  • Preparing the Sauce
    Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a sizable skillet or saucepan over medium heat. Vegetable oil and finely sliced onions should be added. The onions should be sautéed until they are tender and transparent and have given off a delicious aroma. Add the minced garlic and grated ginger next, simmering for an additional one to two minutes while constantly stirring.
  • Flavorful Fusion
    Crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, and the remaining ground spices are added when the heat is reduced to a soft simmer. Stir the mixture thoroughly to allow the flavors of the spices to permeate the sauce. Cook for around 5 minutes, making sure the tastes are perfectly balanced.
  • Chicken Unites with Sauce
    Once the roasted chicken pieces are added to the skillet, gently toss them until the rich sauce is evenly distributed throughout. Give the chicken five more minutes to stew in the sauce and take in all the delicious flavors.
  • Creamy Indulgence
    It's time to add creaminess to your butter chicken at this point. Add the heavy cream and stir until the mixture has a luxurious, velvety texture. You can add a spoonful of honey to the dish if you'd like to balance the flavors with a little sweetness. For about 10 minutes, boil the butter chicken on low heat, stirring now and then to keep it from sticking. Keep in mind to salt to taste when seasoning.
  • Final Touches and Serving
    Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in a different small pot. For an additional touch of richness and taste, sprinkle it over the butter chicken once it has melted. Freshly chopped cilantro should be used as a garnish. Prepare to enjoy the flavorful and aromatic sensation that is true butter chicken by serving it with naan bread or over steamed basmati rice.


Enjoy this delicious recipe for butter chicken as you travel through Indian cuisine!

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