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Garlic Butter Chicken

An decadent and well-known Indian meal called Butter Chicken, or Murgh Makhani, is famed for its thick and creamy tomato-based sauce. A recipe that is fulfilling and soothing is made with tender chicken chunks and a delectable combination of spices, butter, and cream. We’ll walk you through the process of making this flavorful and aromatic Butter Chicken in your own home using the instructions in this recipe.

Garlic Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken Recipe

Enjoy the tastes of India by making this recipe for Butter Chicken. Your appetites for Indian food will be sated by this scrumptious dish, which features delicate chicken and a creamy tomato sauce.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 29 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine South African


  • mixing bowl
  • Skillet
  • Wooden spoon


  • pound (450g) boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • plain yogurt
  • lemon juice
  • ginger paste
  • garlic paste
  • chili powder
  • ground turmeric
  • ground cumin
  • coriander
  • salt
  • butter
  • onion
  • tomato puree
  • heavy cream
  • honey
  • fresh cilantro


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the yogurt, lemon juice, ginger paste, garlic paste, chili powder, turmeric, cumin, coriander, and salt to make the marinade. Mix well.
  • Add the chicken pieces to the marinade, ensuring they are evenly coated. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight for enhanced flavor.
  • In a skillet or large pan, melt the ghee or butter over medium heat.
    Add the chopped onion to the pan and cook until golden brown, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the minced garlic and ginger paste to the pan and sauté for another minute until fragrant.
    Reduce the heat and add the chili powder, cumin, coriander, and turmeric to the pan. Cook for a minute, stirring continuously.
  • Stir in the tomato puree and cook for 2-3 minutes until the mixture thickens.
    Add the marinated chicken pieces to the pan along with any remaining marinade. Stir well to coat the chicken with the sauce.
  • Cover the pan with a lid and simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and tender. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
  • Pour in the heavy cream and honey, stirring gently to combine. Continue to simmer for another 5 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro before serving.
  • Serve the Butter Chicken hot with naan bread, basmati rice, or roti. Enjoy the delightful flavors and creamy texture!


By varying the amount of chili powder, you can adjust the level of spice to suit your tastes.
Marinating the chicken before cooking improves its softness and infuses it with flavor.
Yogurt or coconut milk can be used in place of heavy cream for a lighter version.
For a complete and gratifying supper, serve butter chicken with naan bread, basmati rice, or roti.


Serving: 600g
Keyword butter chicken
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