Butter Chicken

Cooking time
60 mins
4 people
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Butter Chicken



  • For Marination:
    Chicken – 1/2 kg
    Curd / Yogurt – 1/2 cup
    Chilli powder – 1 tsp
    Garam Masala Powder– 1 tsp
    Ginger Garlic Paste – 1 tsp
    Salt to taste
  • For Masala:
    Butter – 3 tblspn
    Oil – 2 tblspn
    Cumin Seeds / Shahi Jeera –  1tsp
    Onions – 1 large chopped finely
    Ginger Garlic Paste– 2 tsp
    Red Food Colouring – a pinch
    Chilli powder – 1 tsp
    Garam Masala Powder – 1 tsp
    Sugar – 1.5 tsp or to taste
    Salt to taste
    Tomato – 2 large pureed
    Cream – 1/4 cup ( I mixed up 1/4 cup milk with 2 tsp cornflour)
    Kasuri methi leaves – 1 tblspn

Water as needed


Step1 : Take chicken and all the marination ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Leave it to marinate for 15 to 30 mins.

Step2 : Now heat 2 tblspn oil in a frying pan and place the marinated chicken in a single layer and cook them on high heat for 5 mins or till the chicken is charred. Flip them over and cook again till the chicken is charred. Switch off the flame and set it aside.

Step3 : Now in a kadai. Add oil and butter and let them heat up.

Step4 : Add in jeera and let them sizzle. Add in chopped onion and saute them for 5 mins or till the onion is well browned.

Step5 : Add in ginger garlic paste and saute for a min.

Step6 : Add in red food colouring, chilli powder, garam masala powder, salt and sugar and mix well and cook for 30 sec.

Step7 : Add in  tomato puree and mix well. Cover and cook for 5 mins to 8 mins till oil separates from it.

Step8 : Now add in required amount of water and bring that to a boil. I used 2 cups of water.

Step9 : Add in grilled chicken pieces and mix well. Simmer the flame and cover the kadai. Cook on a low heat for 15 to 20 mins till the chicken is tender and juicy.

Step10 : Once the chicken is cooked add in the 1/4 cup of cream. I used the cheat version of cream, like mixing 1/4 cup of milk with 2 tsp corn flour. Simmer it for a min.

Step11 : Now crush in the kasuri methi leaves into the gravy andmix well. Simmer again for couple of mins.

Step12 : Switch off the flame and add coriander leaves.

Step13 : Serve with naan or pulav.