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Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken or Murg Makhani in Hindi is a chicken curry braised with tomatoes and cream until tender. Suitable for those who are not fond of chili because of its mild flavor. If your butter chicken tooth is aching badly and you can’t wait – skip the marinating phase. The chicken won’t be quite as juicy, but it certainly is good.

Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Tomato
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Marinade: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 346kcal
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  • 4 chicken breast fillets
  • 2 tbsp thick unflavored yogurt
  • ½ tsp chili powder hot
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp powdered cumin
  • ½ lemon juice

Curry sauce ingredients

  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 2 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp jaggery or brown sugar
  • 2 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 dl cream
  • 2 dl pureed tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp almond powder
  • fresh coriander for garnish.


  • Mix the yogurt marinade into a bowl. Cut the chicken breasts into bits and add into marinade. Mix the marinade well. Leave them to marinate for 2-24h. Take the chickens to room temperature half an hour before cooking.
  • Grate the garlic and ginger. Take a large saucepan or wok and pour the cooking oil into the bottom. Start frying the grated ginger, garlic and seeds of the fenugreek over a low heat. Add the garam masala after a couple of minutes. Swirl for a while, if it starts to dry out add 1 tablespoon of water. Stir in the almond powder.
  • Pour the chicken with the marinade into the pan. Fry on high heat for a few minutes. Then add butter, jaggery and tomato puree. Season with salt. Let the butter chicken simmer quietly for half an hour, turning occasionally to avoid sticking to the bottom of the pan. Check the taste, add a good splash of cream and swirl the curry for a few minutes until smooth.
  • Place in a serving dish and garnish the butter chicken with a couple spoons of cream and chopped coriander.

Nutrition (values are an approximate guide)

Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 817mg | Potassium: 766mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 647IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 3mg
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Last Updated on May 15, 2022 by Flavorado

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