The ONLY Butter Chicken Recipe You Need

Butter chicken, also known as murgh makhani, is a popular Indian dish that is loved by many around the world. Here’s a recipe for the only butter chicken you’ll ever need:

Ingredients: For the marinade:

  • 500g boneless chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste

For the gravy:

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, pureed
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Salt to taste


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the ingredients for the marinade. Add the chicken pieces and mix well to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  2. Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F). Place the marinated chicken pieces on a baking tray and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until cooked through.
  3. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and cook until they are soft and translucent.
  4. Add the tomato puree, tomato paste, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala, and red chili powder. Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens.
  5. Add the baked chicken pieces to the skillet and stir to coat with the sauce.
  6. Add the heavy cream and salt to taste. Simmer for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens and the chicken is coated evenly.
  7. Serve the butter chicken hot with naan or rice.

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