Butter Chicken

Strips of boneless chicken grilled and tossed in a creamy tomato onion gravy base made with plenty of butter.

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Butter Chicken
Main Ingredients Boneless chicken
Cuisine Punjabi
Course Main Course Chicken
Prep Time 26-30 minutes
Cook time 31-40 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Mild
Level of Cooking Moderate
Others Non Veg

Ingredients list for Butter Chicken

  • 400 grams boneless chicken, cut into 1½ inch pieces                                                
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice                                                        
  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri red chilli powder                                  
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter                                                               


  • ½ cup yogurt                                                              
  • 2 teaspoons ginger paste                                                        
  • 2 teaspoons garlic paste                                                         
  • ½ teaspoon Kashmiri red chilli powder                                
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder                            
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 teaspoons mustard oil                                                         

Makhni gravy                               

  • 2 tablespoons butter                                                               
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 2 cloves
  • 2-3 black peppercorns
  • 1 inch piece cinnamon                                    
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste                                                          
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste                                                           
  • ½ cup tomato puree                                                   
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder                                     
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons sugar/honey                                                     
  • ½ teaspoon kasoori methi      
  • ½ cup fresh cream                            


  1.  Apply a mixture of red chilli powder, lemon juice and salt to the chicken pieces and set aside for half an hour in the refrigerator.
  2. Hang the yogurt in a muslin cloth for fifteen to twenty minutes to remove extra water. Add the ginger and garlic pastes, red chilli and garam masala powders, salt and mustard oil.
  3. Apply this marinade to the chicken pieces and place them in the refrigerator for three to four hours.
  4. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6.
  5. String the chicken pieces onto skewers and cook in the preheated oven or a moderately hot tandoor for ten to twelve minutes or until almost done.  Baste with the butter and cook for another two minutes.  Remove and set aside.
  6. To make the makhni gravy, heat the butter in a non-stick pan.  Add the green cardamoms, cloves, peppercorns and cinnamon.  Sauté for two minutes, add the ginger and garlic pastes and sauté for two minutes.
  7. Add the tomato puree, red chilli powder, salt and half cup of water.  Bring the mixture to a boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer for ten minutes.  Add the sugar or honey and powdered kasoori methi.
  8. Add the cooked tandoori chicken pieces.  Simmer for five minutes and add the fresh cream.
  9. Serve hot with naan or parantha.

Nutrition Info

Calories 1242
Carbohydrates 30.8
Protein 110.6
Fat 75.1