Butter Chicken/ Murgh Makhani / Butter Chicken Masala

Today’s blog is about the delectable Butter Chicken also known as Murgh Makhani which is one of the most popular, lip smacking and extremely delicious dish that’s been loved by many across the world. Butter Chicken is the one dish that tops the menu card list in restaurants and often enjoyed specially by Indians when dinning in restaurants with family and friends.

Butter Chicken is a luscious preparation with chunks of grilled chicken cooked in a smooth buttery & creamy tomato based gravy. The addition of cream and cashewnuts gives the curry sauce a silky smooth rich texture.

This Butter Chicken recipe is one of the best you will try! You will love how easy it is to make in the comfort of your own home and enjoy the restaurant style butter chicken. The best part about this butter chicken recipe is the easy method and easily available ingredients to make this dish.

The chicken is marinated in aromatic spiced yogurt marinade and then grilled in a grill pan or an oven. Then, at the end the grilled chicken is cooked in a spiced creamy gravy. Absolutely delicious Butter Chicken is ready. Top up with cream and butter, garnish with Kasuri methi and serve.

It is important to marinate the chicken well. Please do not skip the process of marination. The marinade makes the chicken succulent, tender and juicy. It also soaks the aroma and flavours well inside the chicken. Marinating the chicken overnight or 2-3 hours is the best, but if you are in short of time, you can marinate the chicken for atleast 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Next, grilling the chicken in a grill pan or an oven. You can use boneless chicken or on bone as well. In this recipe I have grilled the marinated chicken in a grill pan over gas stove. You can grill the chicken in a preheated oven @170-180° for 25-30 minutes.

Butter Chicken is one of our family favourite. My hubby’s love for butter chicken made me to make this often home. Butter Chicken is best served with Nan and parantha but, I would love it with steam rice, jeera rice or ghee rice.

So, sharing with you all our favourite restaurant style Butter Chicken Recipe. Please do make it at home and surprise your loved ones and I promise, it wont disappoint you. And I am sure they will love it as much as we do.

Now, without wasting anymore time, let’s head on to the recipe on how to make this delicious restaurant style Butter Chicken at the comfort of your home. Do share your thoughts about the recipe in the comments box below, I would love to read them.

Preparation time : 15 mins
Cooking time : 30 mins
Serves : 2-3

Ingredients for Masala :

Oil – 1 tbsp
Butter – 3 + 1 tbsp
Cashew nuts – 10
Bay leaf – 1 small
Green cardamom – 3
Cloves – 3
Cinnamon – 1 stick
Onion – 2 medium chopped
Ginger Garlic paste – 1 tsp
Tomato – 1 large chopped
Salt as needed
Garam masala powder – 1 tsp
Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
Coriander powder – 1 tsp
Kasuri methi – ½ tsp
Cream – 2+1 tbsp
Water – 1 cup

Marination Ingredients:

400 grams chicken
Red chili powder – 1 tsp
Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Yogurt – 2 tbsp
Garam masala powder – ½ tsp
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp

Method :

Take the marination ingredients and marinate the chicken for atleast 30 mins to 1 hour. You can keep it overnight or 2-3 hours.

Heat oil in a grill pan. Layer the chicken peices in single layer and grill them over medium heat for 5-7 each on both sides.

Heat half portion of butter in a pan. Add the cashewnut, whole spices and saute for 1-2 mins.

Add the chopped onions, ginger garlic paste and saute for 2 mins.

Add the chopped tomatoes, salt and saute till tomatoes turns mushy.

Add chilly powder, garam masala powder, coriander powder and saute for 2 mins.

Let it cool down, remove bay leaf and blend together with little water to a smooth puree. Set aside.

In the same pan pour the puree and add the grilled chicken. Mix well, cover the pan and continue to cook on low heat for around 5-7 mins stirring continuously to prevent burning.

Add 1 cup water and cook for 5-10 mins.

Add crushed kasuri methi and half portion of cream and give a quick stir and take off the heat.

Drizzle the remaining butter and cream and garnish with crushed kasuri methi and serve.

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I hope you liked the recipe. Do share your valuable feedbacks, I would love to hear from you all. Happy cooking!

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