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Butter Chicken

  • Non Veg
  • Spicy
  • 45 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Medium


  • for serving


Butter chicken– the two very simple words used to describe a dish that is a staple of every Punjabi household. Butter chicken is basically succulent pieces of chicken wrapped in a butter crusted combination of tomatoes, aromatic spices, and cream. That said, butter chicken is not just a dish restricted to the India alone. It is seen as a culinary star that tickles palates of eager patrons all over the world.

Its origins are rooted quite literally in butter. Lots and lots of butter. Back then, a cook would have combined some leftover dry tandoori chicken with creamy spiced tomato sauce and of course some butter.

The recipe here might not be anything like what your Indian grandmother’s or Indian friend’s grandmother’s (either ways, an Indian grandmother has to be involved. They are just awesome cooks!) butter chicken recipe.
That’s a good thing because the Indian granny’s recipe probably takes longer and might include some ingredients that you might have never heard of. However, this version of butter chicken is bound to taste just as awesome!


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How to Make Butter Chicken

  1. Add butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the pieces of chicken on all sides. They donot need to be cooked all the way through. Work in batches, and set aside when you’re done.
  2. Melt some more butter in the pan over medium heat, add onion, and cook until translucent. Incorporate garlic, ginger, chili powder, cumin, cayenne, and garam masala, and let cook for about 45seconds before adding tomato sauce.
  3. Bring the masala to a simmer for about 5 minutes and add cream, browned chicken pieces, and let simmer again for 10-15 minutes. Keep the heat low here and not to a rolling boil.
  4. Stir in remaining butter and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve garnished with lemon wedges and cilantro, alongside rice or flatbreads.


Chickens aren’t completely flightless—they can fly high enough to make it over a fence or into a tree.

Health Benefits

  • Just a serving of butter chicken has close to 3g of giber and 14g of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are responsible for keeping your body pumped up with enough energy. A meal with balanced diet should contain between 45 to 65 percent of its calories from carbohydrates.
  • Butter chicken is very rich in protein. A serving of butter chicken contains about 30g of protein! One serving of butter chicken can meet more than half of your daily protein needs.

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