Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken

Prep: 56-60 minutes

Cook: 36-40 minutes

Method: Moderate

Course: Main Course

Type: Punjabi

The popular butter chicken made healthier – try it out and you will never regret enjoying it


  • Boneless chicken, cut into medium cubes 400 gms
  • Kashmiri red chilli powder 2 tsps
  • Coriander powder 2 tsps
  • Turmeric powder ½ tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Hung yogurt ½ cup
  • Oil 3 tsps
  • Cinnamon sticks 2 to 3 inches
  • Green cardamoms 2 to 3 pods
  • Bay leaves 2 to 3
  • Cloves 10 to 12
  • Garlic, chopped 2 tsps
  • Onions, chopped 1 cup
  • Tomatoes, chopped 2 cups
  • Cashewnuts 10 to 12
  • Walnuts 7 to 8
  • Milk 1 cup
  • Dried fenugreek leaves (kasoori methi), roasted 1 tsp
  • Butter 2
  • tsps Coal piece 1


  • Take chicken in a bowl, add 1 tsp red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt and hung yogurt and mix well. Keep it in the refrigerator for ½ hour to marinate.
  • For the gravy heat 1 tsp olive oil in a deep non-stick pan, add cinnamon, cardamoms, bay leaves, cloves, garlic, onions, tomatoes, salt, remaining red chilli powder, remaining coriander powder, cashewnuts, walnuts, 2 cups water and cook till tomatoes are completely cooked. Take the pan off the heat and set aside to cool.
  • Transfer the mixture into a mixer jar and blend to a puree. Strain the puree into to the same pan and cook.
  • Heat remaining olive oil in another non-stick pan, add the marinated chicken and cook till done.
  • Add the chicken to the gravy and mix. Add dried fenugreek leaves and mix.
  • Heat coal on direct flame till red hot. Place it in a stainless steel katori, place the katori in the middle of the chicken dish and put 1 tsp butter on it. Cover the pan immediately to trap the smoke. Let it remaining thus for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the cover, add the remaining butter and mix lightly. Serve hot with naan or paranthe or tandoori roti.