Butter Chicken..Sinfully Delicious Recipe

IMG_1349IMG_1320Butter Chicken is probably one of the most well know dish in the Indian cuisine. It originated in North India but is made and enjoyed all over the world. It is made with marinated andĀ grilled chicken that is finally cooked in a tomato based gravy. The traditional preparation is with chicken on bones and is generally more spicy. I however like it without bones and a little on the milder side as per my family preference. Feel free to change the spices as per your taste buds.


Lets make some creamy and delicious butter chicken šŸ˜›


For the First Marinade

Chicken thighs, cut into small bite sized piecesĀ – 1 pound (Feel free to use chicken with bones or chicken breasts)

Lemon Juice – 1 tbsp.

Red chilly powder – 1 tsp, preferably the Kashmiri Red Chilly Powder

Salt to taste

For the Second Marinade

Hung Curd or Greek Yogurt – 1/2 cup

Ginger paste –Ā 2 tsp

Garlic paste –Ā 2 tsp

Garam Masala Powder – 1 tsp

Oil – 2 tsp

Red color – 1/2 tsp, optional

For the Gravy / Sauce

Butter – 2 tbsp.

Green Cardamom – 2

Cinnamon Stick – 1 inch piece

Black Cardamom – 1

Cloves – 2

Black pepper corns – about 3 – 4

Tomatoes – 4, medium, roughly chopped

Tomato Sauce – 1/4 cup, (And no, I am not referring to Ketchup here, this gives a good color)

Garlic paste – 1 tsp

Ginger paste – 1 tsp

Kashmiri Red Chilly Powder – 1/2 tsp

Salt to taste

Honey – 1 tbsp. (Can use Sugar, this is just to balance out the sourness of tomatoes and not to make a sweet gravy)

Kasoori Methi Powder or crushed dried fenugreekĀ leaves – 1 tsp

Cream – 1/2 cup (more or less as per your preference)

For Garnish – Slit green chilies and ginger juliennes, chopped cilantro leaves



  1. Lets start with the first marinade. Coat the chicken pieces well with lemon juice, salt and chilly powder and leave it aside for about an hour, preferably in the fridge.
  2. Now mix all the ingredients listed under the second marinade and coat the chicken well with it. Leave it in the fridge for at least 4 – 6 hours or overnight, if you have the time.
  3. Once the chicken has marinated well, its time to grill the chicken. Put the chicken pieces on the skewers and baste them with some oil or butter. This can be done in your oven or also in a skillet on the stove top. I usually broil them inĀ my oven for about 20 – 25 minutes, turning midway, till I get a nice brown color onĀ the chicken. You can also bake them at 400F. Just make sure to broil towards the end to get a nice color.
  4. It is very important to not over cook the chicken as it will get cooked in the gravy too.
  5. While the chicken is cooking, we can makeĀ the sauce. In a large pan, heat the oil and add the green and black cardamom, cinnamon stick, cloves and black pepper corns. Sautee it for about 2 minutes.
  6. Add in the ginger and garlic paste and let it cook for another minute.
  7. Finally, add inĀ the chopped tomatoes and let them cook for about 5 minutes. You will know its done when the tomatoes start leaving some oil or butter. You can also puree the tomatoes and add to this gravy but I feel the taste is better when we cook the tomatoes first and then puree it.
  8. Add in the tomato sauce, salt and red chilly powder and mix well. Add half cup of water and let it boil. Once everything is well mixed, transfer this to a blender including the whole spices and make a smooth paste. This ensures a silky gravy and also that you do not bite into the whole spices in your gravy.
  9. Once done, strain thisĀ sauce through a strainer to get a smooth and velvety gravy.
  10. Bring this gravy back to the pan and add in the chicken pieces. Cover and cook the chicken pieces in this gravy for about 10 minutes stirring in between. Add more water if needed.
  11. Once the chicken is well cooked, add in the honey and the kasoori methi powder and mix well.
  12. Finally add in the fresh cream, stir well and let it cook for a minute.
  13. Do a final taste test. Garnish it with slit green chilies, ginger juliennes and chopped cilantro leaves. Dig in.



So there you have it, the recipe for the best tasting chicken dish in this world. Do give it a try and let me know if you like it.

Thanks so much for reading. See you again soon.


Ritu. šŸ™‚

21 Comments Add yours

  1. Sudipti says:

    Looks good! I love making butter paneer šŸ˜„

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  2. Lina says:

    I love butter chicken….thanks for the recipe!

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  3. mypinchofyum says:

    Looks lovely.. Yumm šŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by.


  4. Subhrangshu S. Manna says:

    Looks really good … however, red is in the excess side. As Kashmiri mirch is already there, is red colour really needed? You may take the photographs not so close … From a few feet behind would be better … Just a little advice, feel free to ignore.

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion. I will definitely make without the red color next time. And I also appreciate your suggestion about the photography. Will take care of it next time. Thanks for stopping by.


  5. Sonal Kalra says:

    Looks lovely! šŸ™‚

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    1. Glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. This was delicious Ritu!
    I made this with chicken breast cut into big pieces and marinated it twice, however the second time I did not have enough time and I marinated it with the yogurt mixture for only one hour.
    I begun to prepare the sauce before broiling and this was right for me as broiling went very quickly with my oven and I saved time, I did not have garlic paste and ginger paste, for this reason I used fresh grated ones and worked perfectly. I did not have the black cardamom, so I skipped it.
    I was afraid using methi (it is very dominant for my taste), but it worked well and quantity was perfect.
    Thanks a lot for this dinner!

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    1. Wow. That sounds delicious. So glad it turned out well for you. Thanks for sharing your feedback.

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    1. Thanks a bunch for trying it out. Glad you liked it.


  7. Leena says:

    What a lovely recipe! I’m surely going to try this but I have one question, which tomatoes do you usually use?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks for stopping by. I use Roma tomatoes most of the time.


  8. Linda says:

    Looks delicious! Thanks for bringing this to Lina’s North Indian Curry challenge!! šŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Pleasure is all mine. Thanks for the appreciation.

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  9. Sandhya says:

    Mouthwatering pics and great recipe , Ritu!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks so much for the appreciation.

      Liked by 1 person

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