Butter Chicken Recipe
I love the warm spices, sometimes spicy heat and full flavored dishes abundant in the Indian cuisine. Indian Butter Chicken, also known as Chicken Makhani, is a classic creamy butter chicken recipe that combines these warm spices with the simple ingredients of onion, butter, tomato and garlic to create a creamy tomato sauce surrounding tender chicken pieces, and it’s one of my favorites! A simple recipe, easy enough for a quick weeknight dinner, Indian Butter Chicken will also impress guests when you’re entertaining.
Mildly spicy and creamy, this recipe is a good place to start if you’re new to Indian food. Butter Chicken was created in Delhi, the capital territory of India in the 1950’s. As the story goes, the cooks at the Moti Mahal Restaurant would combine leftover marinade juices with butter and tomatoes and stew chicken pieces in the flavored mixture creating the much loved Butter Chicken by accident! I’m so happy they happened upon this combination of deliciousness and once you taste it you will be too! Our simple butter chicken recipe will soon become a family favorite on your dinner table!
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Butter Chicken FAQ’s
What is butter chicken?
Butter chicken is a recipe for a dish that consists of chicken in a mildly spiced tomato sauce.
What are the main ingredients in butter chicken?
- Green chillies
Where does butter chicken originate from?
Butter chicken is an Indian dish that originated in Delhi, the capital territory of India, back in the 1950’s.
Ingredients you will need to make this recipe
- Greek yogurt
- tomato paste
- garam masala
- chili powder
- smoked paprika
- ground turmeric
- kosher salt
- boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts
- tomato puree
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Indian Butter Chicken combines warm spices with the simple ingredients of onion, butter, tomato and garlic creating tender chicken in a creamy tomato sauce.
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
- 2 Tbs. tomato paste
- 1 Tbs. garam masala
- 2 tsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp. smoked paprika
- 1 tsp. ground turmeric
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 ½ lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts, cut in bite size pieces
- 4 Tbs. butter
- 2 Tbs. minced garlic
- 1 Tbs. minced fresh ginger
- 1 ½ cups tomato puree
- 2 cups cooked brown rice
- 2 Tbs. chopped cilantro
- cooked brown rice , serving suggestion
Combine Greek yogurt, tomato paste, garam masala, chili powder, paprika, turmeric and kosher salt until blended. Add chicken pieces and stir until evenly coated. Let stand 20 minutes.
In large non-stick skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Cook garlic and ginger until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
Add chicken and yogurt mixture and cook until chicken is browned.
Add tomato puree. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
Serve with cooked brown rice and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.
Makes 4 servings