Creamy Butter Chicken [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 6 reviews

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Butter Chicken is creamy, buttery, and tender! It is full of spices and never short on flavor! A great Indian dish that is possibly the most famous! Also, check out the quick recipe video below and see how easy is it to make!

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Indian Butter Chicken Recipe

Butter Chicken, well, tastes like butter and we all know that anything that has it tastes good! This is one great example of a chicken dish that turns the rather bland white meat into a flavorful dish with all the spices involved.

And definitely, it is the marinade and the sauce that make the difference. Reminiscent of Tikka Masala, this Indian dish is a great curry dish that may have a long list of ingredients, but the end product is worth it!

There is variety in the flavors that are included in this recipe and everything works together so well. There are aromatics in there, spices, and dairy that makes the sauce delightfully creamy! Just thinking about it makes my mouth watery!

What is Butter Chicken?

It is a dish made with chicken marinated in spices and a curry sauce that goes with it. History has it that it was once accidentally discovered in a restaurant when leftover chicken meat was drenched in a buttery and creamy tomato gravy sauce.

From its humble beginnings from a restaurant in Delhi in the 1950s, it rose to global fame and is now loved all over the world. Its flavorful sauce and tender meat served with rice or naan are now a worldwide hit!

What is Butter Chicken sauce made of?

The ingredient list is not the shortest but definitely, it is packed with flavors that are comforting to taste and not as strong as those in Tikka Masala. You will need the following:

  • Fat: olive oil and butter
  • Aromatics: onion, garlic, and ginger
  • Spices: red chili powder, ground cumin, garam masala, paprika
  • Base: tomato sauce and heavy cream
  • Others: salt and sugar

How to Make Butter Chicken

  • Marinade: The first step is to season the white meat with all the marinade ingredients. Then, let the meat stand for at least 30 minutes.
  • Fry: In a skillet, put some oil. When the oil turns hot, start frying the marinated chicken in batches, careful not to overcrowd the pan. Note that you need not thoroughly cook the meat, but you only need to brown them for a few minutes.
  • Cook the sauce: In the same skillet, heat some butter and cook the onions that they caramelize. Add the rest of the aromatics and sauté. Add the spices. When already fragrant, you can add in the rest of the ingredients except for the cream and the sugar. Occasionally stir. Cook until the mixture turns thick and the color turns an earthy shade of red.
  • Puree: Gather the sauce and blend using a heat-resistant blender to turn it into a puree.
  • Serve: Put back the sauce and heat some more until it thickens and simmers. Check the meat for doneness. Then, garnish with cilantro and serve!

Can you add other spices?

Yes! There is no strict recipe as to how garam masala is mixed. Hence, you can add other spices freely.

Can I make it in advance?

Yes! The sauce keeps well in the fridge for up to 48 hours upon putting it. If you freeze it, shelf life can be extended for up to 3 months. When ready to use, thaw it overnight.

Recipe Tips

  • Serve it with rice or naan, to slop the sauce with.
  • Any part of the chicken will do, so, you can try using the thighs and wings parts.
  • Add crushed cashew nuts for added texture.

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5 from 6 reviews

Creamy Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken is creamy, buttery, and tender! It is full of spices and never short on flavor!

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hr 40 mins


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Nutrition information

Carbohydrates: 20 Protein: 39 Fat: 83 Saturated Fat: 33 Cholesterol: 325 Sodium: 2130 Potassium: 1019 Fiber: 4 Sugar: 12 Vitamin A: 2996 Vitamin C: 10 Calcium: 177 Iron: 4 Calories: 874
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Allyson Zea

Oh I can't wait to try this! Looks amazing and so easy!!!!



This sounds so dang good!


Dorothy Reinhold

I love that you used chicken thighs. So much flavor. Can't wait to add this to the menu!



This looks so darn tasty I can't wait to try it!


Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

This Butter Chicken is is seriously making me hungry!



I love how comforting this is! Such an amazing meal for weeknights!


Sara Welch

What a great looking dish! Adding this to my dinner line up for the week, indeed! Looks too good to pass up!



One of the most delicious recipes I’ve made 👌🏼 Thanks for sharing with us! ♥️


Happy that you enjoyed it!


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