Butter Chicken Curry




Introduction: Butter Chicken Curry

Butter chicken is a very popular dish in India, which is usually prepared for special occasions. This dish is prepared using lots of butter and gives out a lovely butter flavor. I have prepared this curry using less butter to keep it healthier. Please increase the amount of butter as per your preference. Hope you try this recipe :)

Step 1: Ingredients to Marinate the Chicken

Ingredients required to marinate:

  • Chicken breast - 2
  • Chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Ginger and Garlic paste - 1 tbsp total
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp

Ingredients required to cook the chicken:

  • Olive Oil - 1/2 tsp
  • Butter - 1/2 to 1 tbsp

Step 2: Steps to Marinate and Cook the Chicken

  • Wash the chicken breast and pat dry completely and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • Add the chilli powder, ginger garlic paste and salt and massage into the pieces and keep aside for 15 minutes
  • Heat a non-stick pan with olive oil and butter and let the butter melt
  • Add the marinated chicken pieces and ensure all the pieces are in the pan on one layer
  • Cook on each side for 3-4 minutes
  • Remove from pan and place in a bowl until needed

Step 3: Ingredients to Make Butter Chicken

  • Unsalted butter - 2 tbsp (Divided)
  • Cashew nuts - 1.5 tbsp
  • Coriander leaves - 1/4 cup (chopped fine)
  • Coriander powder - 1 tbsp
  • Dried fenugreek leaves - 1 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Cream - 2-3 tbsp
  • Ginger and Garlic paste - 1 tbsp
  • Red Onion - 1 large (chopped fine)
  • Cooked chicken
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Tomato - 2 large (chopped fine)
  • Tomato ketchup - 1 tbsp (I used the ketchup sachet that I got from my takeout, as i could not find my ketchup bottle :(
  • Sugar - 1 tsp(Optional)

Step 4: Indian Butter Chicken Curry

  • In the same pan where we cooked our chicken, add butter and once it melts + cumin seeds
  • Once nice aroma comes, add onion and salt (1/4 tsp) and cook till onions turn translucent
  • Add ginger and garlic paste and cook for 3 minutes
  • Add coriander powder and chilli powder and cook for 1 minute
  • Add dried fenugreek leaves after crushing it between palms and cook for 1 minute. Fenugreek leaves give an awesome and distinctive flavor which makes butter chicken so unique and flavorful. You can get this from any Indian store
  • Add tomato, stir, cover and cook for 4-5 minutes till all the tomato pieces are very soft and mushed up
  • Add tomato ketchup, sugar and cashew pieces and let cook for 2 minutes.
  • Let the mixture cool down and blend to get a fine paste
  • In the same pan add butter and the grinded paste add required salt and cream and let cook for 2 minutes
  • Add the cooked chicken pieces, add water if required to get desired consistency and let cook for 5 minutes
  • Add coriander leaves and switch off the gas
  • For serving place 1 tsp butter on top of the hot butter chicken and place a lemon wedge if desired and serve hot with rice or naan
  • Hope you like it :)
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    8 years ago

    Very good, thanks a lot!


    8 years ago

    butter chicken is amazing! my favorite indian dish.


    8 years ago

    Kinda looks like Masala.. whats the traditional name??

    Sonia Thomas
    Sonia Thomas

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    The words "Masala" or "curry" can be used interchangeably most of the times...for example "Chicken Tikka Masala" and "Butter Chicken" you will find have same final texture...the dish is traditionally called "Butter Chicken". You can find this dish in most of the Indian Restaurants in US :)


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Oh wow, this sounds awesome! I normally try to be good and swap in coconut milk instead of cream and butter, but I think I need to try your recipe soon :D

    Sonia Thomas
    Sonia Thomas

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Actually I do the same most of the times and honestly I prefer the taste of coconut milk over cream because it gives a slight sweet flavor, creamier texture and healthy too...authentically cream is used in butter chicken though :)

    Sonia Thomas
    Sonia Thomas

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I hope you do try it...the outcome is very tasty and satisfying :)