Creamy Butter Chicken Recipe

A classic butter chicken recipe - a dish loved by all!

Prasanna Manerkar
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Creamy Butter Chicken Recipe

Creamy Butter Chicken is one of the favourites of all the non veg lovers. This chicken recipe is very popular in restaurants and is usually served with Indian brands and rice. This dish is a great recipes to cook for your house parties and is loved by one and all.

Serve Creamy Butter Chicken with Whole Wheat Lachha Paratha or Palak Naan for a delicious meal.

You can also try other similar recipes such as

  1. Hyderabadi Marag
  2. Mutton Do Pyaza
  3. Tallyanche Suke


Cuisine: North Indian
Course: Lunch
Diet: High Protein Non Vegetarian
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

40 M

Total in

50 M


3 Servings


  • 250 grams Chicken , washed and cleaned
  • 2 sprig Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , chopped
  • Butter , Melted as required
  • Salt , as per need
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Kasuri Methi (Dried Fenugreek Leaves)
  • For marination
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 1 teaspoon Red chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon Tandoori masala
  • Salt , as required
  • 2 tablespoons Ginger Garlic Paste
  • For masala 1
  • Butter , Melted as required
  • 1 Onion , sliced
  • 1 Tomato , sliced
  • Cashew nuts , A handful
  • 1 teaspoon Kasuri Methi (Dried Fenugreek Leaves)
  • 8 to 10 Whole Black Pepper Corns
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • For masala 2
  • Butter , Melted as required
  • 3 Bay leaves (tej patta) , crushed
  • 6 Cardamom (Elaichi) Pods/Seeds
  • 1/2 Mace (Javitri) , blade
  • 6 Cloves (Laung)
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick (Dalchini)
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander (Dhania) Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin (Jeera) seeds
  • 2 Star anise
  • 1 teaspoon Fennel seeds (Saunf)

How to make Creamy Butter Chicken Recipe

  1. To begin making the Creamy Butter Chicken recipe, firstly wash the chicken pieces thoroughly. (I used chicken with bones, you can go for boneless too.)

  2. Add all the mentioned ingredients under "For marination" to a mixing bowl. Once it is mixed properly, add chicken pieces.

  3. Mix well, so that all the ingredients are coated on to chicken pieces well. Keep the marinated chicken aside for 15 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile make Masala 1. In a heavy bottom pan, heat butter and add onion, tomato, cashew-nuts, kasoori methi and peppercorns and fry them on medium flames till the onions are brown and pulpy. Keep this aside to cool.

  5. When cooled, grind them with milk to a smooth paste.

  6. In the same pan, add the marinated chicken pieces. Do not add any oil or butter and roast them on high flames till cooked and outer skin is slightly charred. Make sure you do not burn the chicken pieces.

  7. When done, take all the pieces on a plate and let them cool.

  8. The next step is to prepare Masala 2. In the same pan, add butter and add all ingredients mentioned under Masala II. Fry them on low flame till fragrant. Let the masala cool.

  9. When cooled, grind to a smooth paste by adding little water.

  10. Once done, shred the chicken pieces. You can retain the bones in the gravy or discard them.

  11. In the same wide pan, add the required amount of butter. To this add chopped cilantro. Fry for a minute, then add masala 1.

  12. Fry the masala for 1/2 a minute and then add another tablespoon butter.

  13. Again fry this for 1/2 minute. When the oil starts separating, add the masala 2. Add salt and sugar and mix everything well.

  14. Add the shredded chicken. Add the required milk or water as per choice to make gravy. Again add another tablespoon of butter (optional). Mix wel and add kauri methi into the gravy.

  15. Do not cook this for long. Let it cook for about a minute and switch off the gas.

  16. Serve Creamy Butter Chicken with Whole Wheat Lachha Paratha or Palak Naan for a delicious meal.

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Last Modified On Tuesday, 19 December 2017 09:38
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