Butter Chicken

Anyone who has ever set foot in a roadside establishment called “Dhaba” knows this dish. For those who don’t know what I am talking about, dhabas are very common across India. Generally found on highways and outskirts of the city, they give people an opportunity to have a good time with family and friends in a very casual atmosphere unlike a proper white table cloth service restaurant. The whole charm of a dhaba lies in the rough around the edges kind of service – unpolished and some may say not very clean. But my experience eating at dhabas with my family and friends, I cannot remember a single instance when we had bad food. Even the worst dhabas have at least something that tastes good 🙂 And the most famous combination for food that you can order at a dhaba – I think naan and butter chicken would be the unanimous choice.

Indian Butter Chicken: Butter chicken (Murgh Makhani) is a deliciously sinful, rich and luscious chicken curry paired with the Basmati rice is a match made in heaven. www.clovesandcaramel.com

This is one of my cravings – If I am feeling low or I have a bad day, I just need butter chicken and garlic naan.

I have been very busy last month and that means there were a few stressful days. The husband knows exactly what that means and so we ended up 5 times at our favorite Indian restaurant ordering the same butter chicken :p I was in a good mood one weekend and decided to make butter chicken. I also took the opportunity to click some pictures and make a blog post.

Ingredients:

  • 250 gm or 1/2 Lb Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Tsp Red chili powder
  • 1 Tsp Coriander powder
  • 2 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1 Green chili / Hot Thai Chili
  • 1 Red onion (medium size)
  • 1 Tablespoon Ginger garlic paste
  • 2 Tomatoes (Ripe, Medium size)
  • 1 Tsp Turmeric powder
  • ¾ cup Fresh cream.
  • 1 Tsp Garam masala powder
  • ½ Tablespoon Kasuri methi / Dry fenugreek leaves
  • ½ cup Fresh coriander leaves / Cilantro
  • Salt as needed

Indian Butter Chicken: Butter chicken (Murgh Makhani) is a deliciously sinful, rich and luscious chicken curry paired with the Basmati rice is a match made in heaven. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Serving size 4 – 5

Cook time  30 min

Prep time 15 min

Passive time  20 min

Recipe level Intermediate

Spice level 4 (On a scale of 1 to 6)

Shelf life 1 – 2 days in refrigerator using an airtight container

Serving suggestion Warm

Instructions:

  • Cut the chicken into bite size pieces.

Indian Butter Chicken: Butter chicken (Murgh Makhani) is a deliciously sinful, rich and luscious chicken curry paired with the Basmati rice is a match made in heaven. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Add red chili powder, coriander powder and salt to the bowl and mix well.

Indian Butter Chicken: Butter chicken (Murgh Makhani) is a deliciously sinful, rich and luscious chicken curry paired with the Basmati rice is a match made in heaven. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • In a saucepan melt butter.

Indian Butter Chicken: Butter chicken (Murgh Makhani) is a deliciously sinful, rich and luscious chicken curry paired with the Basmati rice is a match made in heaven. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Add the chicken and cook on medium to high heat for 6-8 min.

Indian Butter Chicken: Butter chicken (Murgh Makhani) is a deliciously sinful, rich and luscious chicken curry paired with the Basmati rice is a match made in heaven. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Set aside.

Indian Butter Chicken: Butter chicken (Murgh Makhani) is a deliciously sinful, rich and luscious chicken curry paired with the Basmati rice is a match made in heaven. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • To the same sauce pan, add chopped green chili and diced onions.

Indian Butter Chicken: Butter chicken (Murgh Makhani) is a deliciously sinful, rich and luscious chicken curry paired with the Basmati rice is a match made in heaven. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Saute for a minute and add ginger garlic paste.

Indian Butter Chicken: Butter chicken (Murgh Makhani) is a deliciously sinful, rich and luscious chicken curry paired with the Basmati rice is a match made in heaven. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Once the ginger garlic smell is gone, add the diced tomatoes to the pan and cook until they become soft.

Indian Butter Chicken: Butter chicken (Murgh Makhani) is a deliciously sinful, rich and luscious chicken curry paired with the Basmati rice is a match made in heaven. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl.

Indian Butter Chicken: Butter chicken (Murgh Makhani) is a deliciously sinful, rich and luscious chicken curry paired with the Basmati rice is a match made in heaven. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • With the help of a hand blender or regular blender make a fine paste of the mixture.

Indian Butter Chicken: Butter chicken (Murgh Makhani) is a deliciously sinful, rich and luscious chicken curry paired with the Basmati rice is a match made in heaven. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Heat the saucepan to medium heat and add the sauce.

Indian Butter Chicken: Butter chicken (Murgh Makhani) is a deliciously sinful, rich and luscious chicken curry paired with the Basmati rice is a match made in heaven. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Bring it to a boil and add the chicken. Cook for 5-8 min on medium heat.

Indian Butter Chicken: Butter chicken (Murgh Makhani) is a deliciously sinful, rich and luscious chicken curry paired with the Basmati rice is a match made in heaven. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Add the fresh cream and mix well.
  • Add garam masala.

Indian Butter Chicken: Butter chicken (Murgh Makhani) is a deliciously sinful, rich and luscious chicken curry paired with the Basmati rice is a match made in heaven. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Add crushed kasuri methi.

Indian Butter Chicken: Butter chicken (Murgh Makhani) is a deliciously sinful, rich and luscious chicken curry paired with the Basmati rice is a match made in heaven. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Indian Butter Chicken: Butter chicken (Murgh Makhani) is a deliciously sinful, rich and luscious chicken curry paired with the Basmati rice is a match made in heaven. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Add chopped coriander leaves.

Indian Butter Chicken: Butter chicken (Murgh Makhani) is a deliciously sinful, rich and luscious chicken curry paired with the Basmati rice is a match made in heaven. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Mix well and add salt based on your taste.

Indian Butter Chicken: Butter chicken (Murgh Makhani) is a deliciously sinful, rich and luscious chicken curry paired with the Basmati rice is a match made in heaven. www.clovesandcaramel.com

  • Garnish with cream and coriander leaves and serve.

Indian Butter Chicken: Butter chicken (Murgh Makhani) is a deliciously sinful, rich and luscious chicken curry paired with the Basmati rice is a match made in heaven. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Indian Butter Chicken: Butter chicken (Murgh Makhani) is a deliciously sinful, rich and luscious chicken curry paired with the Basmati rice is a match made in heaven. www.clovesandcaramel.com

Serve with rice / roti / naan

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Notes:

  • If you prefer to have a deep red color for the recipe, you could replace red chili powder with paprika.
  • Saute the chicken on medium high heat for about 6-8 minutes
  • Make sure that you don’t saute the chicken for more than that duration as it tends to become hard and chewy instead of soft.

Have a wonderful day !

Hope you enjoy making this dish.

xoxo 🙂

Sneha

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