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Butter Chicken

Blossom Lady
Dec 30, 2023 02:41 AM
Butter Chicken

An easy Butter Chicken recipe which the whole family will enjoy!

One of my favourite Indian take-aways is the classic Butter Chicken, also known as murgh makhani.

Butter Chicken is typically a mild curry consisting of chicken pieces marinated in yoghurt and spices, and cooked in a creamy tomato-based sauce.

My Butter Chicken recipe is a relatively easy one. I marinate the chicken pieces in a mixture of yoghurt and spices which will both tenderise the chicken, as well as add flavour to the sauce later.

And the Butter Chicken sauce itself is a simple tomato sauce with heavy cream to add the necessary creaminess and richness.

My children love this Butter Chicken; it’s not too spicy for them, so it’s the perfect introduction for kids to the world of curries and Indian food!


For the Marinade
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) natural yoghurt
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground chillies (i.e. pure chilli powder)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, coarsely grated
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely grated
  • 1 kg (2 lb) chicken breast or chicken thigh fillets, cut into large cubes

For the Butter Chicken Sauce
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely grated
  • 500 ml (2 cups) tomato passata
  • 500 ml (2 cups) double cream or thickened cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2–3 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 chicken stock cube, crumbled

To Serve
  • steamed Basmati rice
  • Yoghurt Flatbreads
  • coriander (cilantro), finely chopped
  • Pickled Chillies

Prep Time:
20 minutes
Cook Time:
40 minutes
Total Time:
90 minutes
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