Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken

Butter chicken or Murgh Makhani as they called it India is a popular Indian dish that originated from the province of Punjab. This wonderful dish is made out of chicken cooked in a creamy sauce; butter chicken is usually served with naan, paratha, roti, and/or steamed basmati rice.

The first time I tried this dish was just recently and it was here in New Zealand, I remembered I always see this dish on restaurants and food courts and I see people really enjoy the sauce consuming it till its last drop by wiping it with their freshly baked roti and that’s what convinced to try one.  Initially I thought it would be too spicy or hot as that’s who I see Indian dishes but I was wrong, it may have that spice but nowhere near to be hot and more surprisingly it is sweet and creamy.


800 g boneless chicken breast or thighs
4 tbsp butter
1 tbsp of turmeric
2 medium red onions, finely chopped
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp caraway seeds
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp garlic paste
1 tsp ginger paste
1 cup yogurt
1 tsp chili powder
1 tbsp ground coriander
3 tbsp tomato paste
1 cup thick cream (room temperature)
sugar or sweetener of choice


1. In a large bowl combine turmeric, dash of salt, yogurt and chicken. Place in a covered container and marinate for at least 24 hours.
2. In a pan, heat 2 tablespoons of butter and sauté onions until golden brown
3. Add garlic, ginger paste and tomato paste and cook for 5 minutes.
4. Add butter and marinated chicken together with the marinade, stir and cook for 15 minutes.
5. Add garam masala, sugar (2 tbsp or according to sweetness you like you can add more later), chili powder, coriander, and cumin
6. Simmer on medium heat for 15 minutes
7. Pour in thick cream, mix well and season with salt.

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21 thoughts on “Butter Chicken

  1. Mmm, butter and cream, count me in! I’ve never tried anything like this before, but the ingredient list looks like it would be a great flavor combination.

  2. This looks so good! Funny you posted this as I’ve become obsessed with Indian food lately :) Will be trying this for sure! Is it too heavy? I bet it’s delicious, butter and cream – what’s not to love?

  3. You know I was thinking that this dish would be spicy when looking at this dish and reading this post at first.I never cared too much for spicy food that takes my head off lol. But since you recommend it, I am happy to take down this recipe and try this out. Love this post :)

    • I am always fooled as well with dishes that are either red or dark orange in colour thinking they are spicy but most are not. I guess were so used that spicy and hot is red thats why our brain instantly associate those colours to chilli and spice.

  4. Ray, since you started this blog you have posted a different dish EVERY SINGLE DAY. You and your wife have such an awesomely diverse range of foods to eat ! There surely is no boredom in your house in terms of meals :) This is one of my hubby’s favourite dishes and I will definitely be trying this out – love the way the apartment smells when curry’s been cooked.

    • Yeah, I guess if it is your passion then you wont get tired of looking for new ideas. Also I am used to having someting new to try always, I am a person who sometimes dont want to repeat stuff, I even remembered before when my wife was still my girlfriend I never gave her the same type flowers and its combination twice.

  5. hello..hi all..i am shuhada from malaysia..

    i never tasted butter chicken before but it’s look yummy..

    would try next time to cook this kind of dishes…:)

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  8. I just wanted to say thank you for posting this recipe! I always thought butter chicken would take too long / require too many exotic ingredients for me to make at home, but I just made this and it was delicious! Will definitely be making it again!

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