How to prepare tasty butter chicken at home : Butter Chicken Recipe
A super easy, full flavoured butter chicken recipe that rivals any restaurant or take out!
Butter Chicken is one of the most popular curries at any Indian restaurant around the world. Aromatic golden chicken pieces in an incredible creamy curry sauce, this Butter Chicken recipe is one of the best you will try! You will love how easy it is to make in the comfort of your own home.
This post will guide you how to make butter chicken at home that tastes absolutely delicious, flavor packed, creamy and rich. Butter chicken also known as chicken makhani is one of the most popular, lip smacking and delicious dishes that’s been loved by many across the world. Paired with naan or kulcha is a delight which most Indians love during their restaurant visits.
Tips to make butter chicken
- Marination is the key to get flavorful, tender & succulent pieces of chicken.
- Yogurt in the marinade tenderizes the chicken so do not skip it.
- Makhani recipe never uses onion so is this butter chicken recipe. Using onion changes the taste of the dish.
- The rich taste in the gravy comes from the cashews (or almonds) & cream.
- You can make the gravy ahead and refrigerate. Just grill the marinated chicken when needed and heat up the gravy. Then add the grilled chicken.
Ingredients of Butter Chicken ( 8 Serving )
- 1 kilograms chicken
- 2 tablespoon refined oil
- 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
- 1 1/2 cup tomato puree
- 2 teaspoon coriander seeds
- 2 crushed cinnamon
- 5 green chilli
- 4 clove
- 500 gm butter
- 4 red chilli
- 1 teaspoon coriander powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon kasoori methi powder
- 2 bay leaf
- 2 teaspoon salt
- 2 medium onion
- 4 handful crushed dried fenugreek leaves
- 2 teaspoon onion paste
- 1 teaspoon garlic paste
- 1/2 cup yoghurt (curd)
- 3 green cardamom
- 1 teaspoon ginger paste
- 1 teaspoon mace powder
- 2 black cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 3 tablespoon fresh cream
- 1 handful coriander leaves
Step 1- Prepare the marinade and marinate chicken overnight
To prepare this mouth-watering chicken recipe, first prepare the marinade for the chicken. For the same, take a large bowl and mix together yogurt, onion paste, green chillies, ginger-garlic paste, sugar, salt, green cardamoms, black cardamoms, and mace powder. Add pieces of raw chicken in the bowl and mix well. Allow the chicken to marinate overnight. Once the chicken is well marinated, roast it in a tandoor or an oven till its 3/4th done.
Step 2- Prepare the masala and then blend to make puree for the gravy
Now, heat little butter in a pan over moderate flame. Add bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon, red chillies, and crushed coriander seeds. Sauté the ingredients for half a minute. Now in the same pan, add a bit of onion, red chilli powder, coriander powder, kasoori methi powder and tomatoes. Sauté them for 5 minutes and once done, transfer the mixture in a blender to make a puree.
Step 3- Cook marinated chicken in the gravy
Heat the remaining butter in a pan. Add the pureed mixture and bring it to a boil. Add marinated chicken pieces, salt, fresh cream, and mix well. To make sure that the consistency is not too thick, add some water to the mixture. Now add sliced green chilies, crushed fenugreek leaves and let it simmer for few minutes. Bring it to a full boil.
Step 4- Garnish Butter Chicken with cream and serve hot
Transfer the dish to a serving bowl and garnish it with coriander leaves and cream. This butter chicken recipe is easy-to-make and can be made by using simple ingredients available in the kitchen. If you’re a spice junkie and love all things spicy, then customize this chicken recipe a bit by adding more green chillis or black pepper powder. Try it and relish the burst of Indian flavours. Serve it with naan or rice.
Pro tip :
This is a classic chicken dish and enjoyed best when served hot. You can also garnish it with cream and green chillies just before serving.