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butter chicken recipe

Step by step Indian Butter Chicken Recipe

This is the creamiest Indian butter chicken recipe you ever had. But, can you guess how this delicious curry originated. Of course, it’s not a traditional Indian food.
Well, let me tell you a story. A famous restaurant in Dehli, India called Moti Mehal was run by Kundan Lal Gujral in 1950’s. He created this dish out of need. He needed a essential way to utilise leftover grilled chicken tikka, which would dry out if not served immediately. So, he used them cleverly in a tomatoey and buttery gravy to create what we call today, butter chicken or Chicken Makhani. Indeed, necessity is mother of all delicious food inventions.

Tip for Butter Chicken

  • You can use tinned, fresh or puréed tomato. I took three tomato and liquidized it with half cup of water to make my purée.
  • You can use almonds instead of cashew or you may skip the nuts altogether and add extra cream.
    *I have already mentioned other alternative for Tandoori masala in recipe card.
  • You can also use your leftover Tandoori or Tikka chicken to make butter chicken.
  • We soak the skewer to prevent burning of wood. Wet wooden stick will not catch fire over direct flame.
  • Grilling chicken on direct flame is optional because it takes extra time and effort. So if you skip it, you may cook and smoke un-skewered chicken and follow rest of the recipe as it is.
  • The step of smoking chicken is a must for best flavours.

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How to make Indian Butter Chicken Recipe

Indian Butter Chicken Recipe
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
50 mins

This is creamiest butter chicken recipe, you ever had. The subtle smoky taste and tomatoey gravy boosted with spices is treat to taste buds.

Course: Dinner Recipes, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: indian butter chicken recipe
Calories: 342 kcal
For chicken
  • 500 grams chicken ,cut in 1 inch chunks
  • 2 tablespoon Tandoori masala (or tikka masala or 1 extra teaspoon red chilli powder)
  • ½ tablespoon ginger paste
  • ½ tablespoon garlic paste
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds or powder
  • ½ teaspoon all spice powder (garam masala)
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoon yogurt
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • Coal to smoke
  • 6 wooden skewer (soaked in water for 4 hours)
For Gravy
  • cup butter
  • cup tomato purée (or blend 3 large tomato and ½ cup water into smooth purée)
  • 2 tablespoon tomato ketchup
  • Spices
  • 1 tablespoon Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon fenugreek leaves (kasuri meethi)
  • ½ tablespoon ginger paste
  • ½ tablespoon garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds or powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 fistful or 50 grams cashew nuts , powdered
  • ½ cup cream
For Chicken
  1. Combine all the ingredients of chicken in a bowl and marinate for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  2. Skewer the chicken chunks evenly. ( Skip skewering if you don’t want to cook chicken over direct flame.)
  3. Cook chicken in a pan for 7-8 minutes on high flame, do not cover the lid.
  4. With the help two tongs hold skewers over direct flame and cook until you get few grilling marks. (This Step is optional.)
To Smoke
  1. Heat a charcoal until red hot then place charcoal between chicken and drizzle few drops of oil. Cover tightly so smoke is trapped.
For gravy
  1. While chicken smoked, prepare gravy. Heat butter in a pan and add all ingredients except cashew powder and cream. Cook for 5 minutes until color changes.
  2. Remove chicken from skewers and add to the gravy. Also add cashew powder and cream. Mix well.
  3. Thin out gravy to desirable consistency with water or milk.
  4. Simmer over low heat for few minutes until a little oil rises over top.
  5. Garnish with some cream and fenugreek leaves.

Step by step Recipe of Indian Butter Chicken

Soak skewer in water for at least 2 hours. (This skewering is required only if you grill chicken on direct flame or you can skip it.)

Wash, dry and cut chicken in chunks.

Take all ingredient for chicken in a bowl.

Mix well and marinate chicken for at least 30 minutes or overnight.

Skewer chicken on wooden sticks.

Cook chicken for 7-10 minutes on high heat until water dries.

Turn the chicken skewers to cook both sides.

With the help of two to tongs , hold each skewer over direct flame and cook for 1-2 minutes to get black grilling marks. (This step to cook on direct flame is optional.)

Smoke the chicken by keeping red hot charcoal between the chicken. And drizzling few drops of oil on it. Cover immediately to trap the smoke.

Leave it covered while you prepare gravy.

Heat butter in the same pan.

Add tomato purée, ketchup and all spices of gravy. Cook for 5-7 minutes.

Now add cashew powder and grilled chicken.

Add cream. Mix well.

Thin out gravy to desired consistency with about ½ cup milk and some water.Indian Butter Chicken recipeGarnish with some extra cream, fenugreek leaves and nuts.

Enjoy creamiest butter chicken. Don’t forget to take photo and post on Instagram with #loverecipe52


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