Butter Chicken Recipe - Rasa Malaysia (2024)

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Butter Chicken - easy and authentic Indian butter chicken recipe that tastes just like your favorite restaurant. The creamy sauce is great with basmati rice and naan bread.

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Murgh Makhani (butter Chicken)

Butter chicken is a creamy, tomato-based and spice-laden chicken curry and it’s probably one of the most popular Indian recipes ever. The best and most authentic butter chicken is made with tandoori chicken, butter, with tomatoes, whipping cream and various Indian spices.

You can make homemade butter chicken on a stove top.

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Other Recipes You Might Like

  • Instant Pot Butter Chicken
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  • Chapati (Indian Flat Bread)
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Butter Chicken Curry Sauce

The creamy sauce calls for ingredients such as tomatoes, whipping cream and various spices like red chili powder, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, etc.

The rich and creamy flavors come from the tomatoes and the cream, making the taste absolutely delightful to the palate. The butter chicken sauce is amazing with steamed basmati rice or naan.

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Adding Vegetables to Butter Chicken

Authentic butter chicken has no vegetables and if you want authentic flavors, do not add vegetables. The creamy sauce is made with fresh tomatoes so it’s loaded with nutrition.

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How Do You Cook Indian Butter Chicken

First, you prepare the chicken by marinating the chicken with ginger, garlic, chili powder and lime juice. Cook or grill the marinated chicken until the chicken turns brown on the surface.

To make the butter chicken sauce, use fresh tomatoes and cook until they break down, about 5-7 minutes. Add the spices (cardamom, cloves cinamon), ketchup, sugar, chili powder, butter and heavy cream. Remove the butter chicken from the heat, top with chopped cilantro.

How Many Calories per Serving?

This recipe is only 506 calories per serving.

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Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken - easy and authentic Indian butter chicken recipe that tastes just like your favorite restaurant. The creamy sauce is great with basmati rice and naan bread.

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By Bee Yinn Low

Yield 4 people

Prep 30 minutes mins

Cook 40 minutes mins

Total 1 hour hr 10 minutes mins

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 2 lbs (1kg) chicken, preferably thigh meat, boneless and skinless (cut into 2-3 inch (5cm-7cm)pieces)
  • 2 teaspoons ginger paste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic paste
  • 1-2 teaspoons red chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 2 teaspoons lime or lemon juice
  • 2 pinches food color (deep orange, optional)

Creamy Tomato Sauce

  • 4 large tomatoes (quartered)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic paste
  • 2 teaspoons ginger paste
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 2 inch (5cm) cinnamon piece
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 green cardamom
  • 6 whole black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried fenugreek leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup water

Garnishing

  • Chopped cilantro
  • Heavy cream

Instructions

Chicken

  • Wash and pat dry the chicken with paper towels. Transfer to a large bowl. Add all the Chicken ingredients, stir to mix well. Cover and marinate the chicken for 30 minutes or best overnight in the refrigerator.

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  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large wok or a pan. Transfer the chicken and the marinade to the wok or pan. Cook on medium-high heat until the liquid has dried up, and the chicken turns brown on the surface, 10-15 minutes. You can also grill the chicken.

  • Transfer the chicken to a clean platter. The chicken can be cooked a day in advance.

Sauce

  • In a large pan, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil and add the green cardamoms, cloves, black peppercorns, bay leaf and cinnamon. Sauté the spices for 30-40 seconds. Add the ginger and garlic paste; stir fry for a minute. Add the tomatoes and jalapeno with 1/2 cup of the water. Cover the pan and reduce the heat to low, simmer for 5-7 minutes or until the tomatoes are soft and start to break down. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool.

  • Remove all the whole spices (cardamom, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, cloves and black pepper) and discard. Transfer the tomato mixture to a blender and puree it to become a sauce.

  • Transfer the sauce to a clean pan, add the ketchup, sugar, red chili powder, salt and dried fenugreek leaves and the remaining water. Let it simmer for 2-3 minutes on low heat. Stirring occasionally. Now add the butter, stir and simmer on the lowest heat for 5-7 minutes, or until the sauce starts to bubble. Add a little bit more water if the sauce is too thick.

  • Add the cooked chicken and let simmer for another 5 minutes. Remove the butter chicken from the heat, top with chopped cilantro and heavy cream. Serve immediately with naan bread or rice.

Course: Indian Recipes

Cuisine: Chicken

Keywords: Butter Chicken

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Butter Chicken

Amount Per Serving (4 people)

Calories 506Calories from Fat 360

% Daily Value*

Fat 40g62%

Saturated Fat 15g94%

Cholesterol 97mg32%

Sodium 220mg10%

Carbohydrates 15g5%

Fiber 3g13%

Sugar 7g8%

Protein 23g46%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notice: Nutrition is auto-calculated, using Spoonacular, for your convenience. Where relevant, we recommend using your own nutrition calculations.

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