butter chicken recipe

Butter Chicken Recipe

Delicious Chicken Curry Also Known as Murgh makhani


If you need a quick and easy Butter Chicken Recipe then this it. Butter Chicken recipes usually include chicken pieces marinated in a spiced yogurt for a few hours or overnight.



This recipe below does not require the chicken to be marinated which is why it is quick. What I love about Butter Chicken is that you can make the sauce as hot or mild as you like.

The spice mixture is usually a combination of all or some of the following spices: garam masala, ginger, garlic paste, lemon or lime, pepper, coriander, cumin, turmeric and chili.

Most Butter Chicken recipes suggest serving the curry with naan, roti, parathas or steamed rice and usually garnished with white butter, fresh cream, sliced green chillies and crushed fenugreek leaves. This butter chicken recipe is quite quick because you don't have to marinate the chicken meat.

There are nicer, more complicated recipes like this one but for a quick curry dish the one below is quite good.

Indian Butter Chicken Ingredients

Serves: 4 - 6

  • 30ml peanut oil
  • 1kg chicken thighs fillets, sliced
  • 60g butter
  • 10ml garam masala
  • 10ml paprika
  • 10ml ground coriander
  • 2ml chilli powder
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6 cardamom pods, bruised
  • 15ml fresh grated ginger
  • 350g tomato puree
  • 15ml sugar
  • 60ml plain yoghurt
  • 125ml cream
  • 15ml lemon juice
  • 30ml flaked almonds, toasted

How To Cook Indian Butter Chicken

  1. Heat the wok or pan with half the oil and cook half the chicken until brown and remove from the pan. Cook the rest of the chicken in the remaining oil then set aside.

  2. Reduce the heat, add the butter to the pan and let it melt. Add all the spices including the ginger and cook for one minute - the most wonderful aroma will fill your kitchen. Return the chicken to the pan and coat with the heated spices.

  3. Stir in the tomato puree and sugar then simmer for 15 minutes until chicken is tender and sauce has thickened.

  4. Add yoghurt, cream and lemon juice and heat through for another 5 minutes.

  5. Remove cardamon pods. Sprinkle almonds over the butter chicken and serve with rice.



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