One of my colleague/friend from Prague, visited us for dinner yesterday, and I had to prepare something which is mild, with less spices, as suitable to his taste buds!
Then the dish which came into mind was Butter Chicken… it is so mild and tasty at the same time. One advantage in this recipe is that, it can be made as mild or as spicy as one wishes without altering the actual taste.
This dish is among the best known Indian foods all over the world.

Butter Chicken/Chicken Makhani

I have adapted this recipe from chef Sanjeev Kapoor’s popular food show “Khana Khazana” on Zee TV 🙂 From the time I was little young, I used to sit in front of TV, by the time the program starts, with a pen and paper and note down the ingredients and method carefully 🙂 I really like the way he makes the show and recipes interesting!!

Chicken, boneless: 800 gms
Kashmiri red chilli powder: 1 tsp, adjust accordingly
Lemon juice: 1 tbsp
Salt: to taste
For Makhani gravy
Ginger Garlic paste: 1 Tbsp
Green chillies: 2, chopped, adjust accordingly
Butter: 3 Tbsp
Green cardamoms: 2-3
Cloves: 4-5
Cinnamon: 1 inch stick
Tomato puree: 400 gms
Red chilli powder: 1 Tbsp, adjust accordingly
Garam masala powder: 1/2 tsp
Salt: to taste
Honey: 2 Tbsp
Kasoori methi: 1/2 tsp
Fresh cream: 1 cup
Red Food Color: a pinch
For Marination
Ginger Garlic Paste: 1 Tbsp
Yogurt: 1 cup
Kashmiri red chilli powder: 1 tsp
Salt: to taste
Lemon juice: 2 tbsps
Garam masala powder: 1/2 tsp
Butter: 2 tbsps

How I did it:

  1. Apply a mixture of red chilli powder, lemon juice and salt to the chicken and leave aside for half an hour.
  2. Hang yogurt in a muslin cloth for fifteen to twenty minutes to remove extra water.
  3. To this add red chilli powder, salt, ginger-garlic paste, lemon juice, garam masala powder and butter.
  4. Apply this marinade to the chicken pieces and refrigerate for three to four hours.
  5. Put the chicken onto a skewer and cook in a preheated oven at 200°C for ten to twelve minutes or until almost done.
  6. Remove and keep aside, for further use.
  7. Heat butter in a pan. Add green cardamoms, cloves and cinnamon.
  8. Saute for two minutes, add ginger-garlic paste and chopped green chillies.
  9. Cook for two minutes. Add tomato puree, red chilli powder, garam masala powder, salt, red food color and one cup of water.
  10. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for ten minutes.
  11. Add honey and powdered kasoori methi.
  12. Add cooked tandoori chicken pieces.
  13. Simmer for five minutes and then add fresh cream.
  14. Serve hot with Naan, Parantha or Steamed Rice.
Butter Chicken/Chicken Makhani

And the Verdict:
My guest was all pleased, and he loved the chicken. It was mild and tasty and finger licking 🙂

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32 thoughts on “Butter Chicken / Chicken Makhani”

  1. What a great looking dish. My kids LOVE Butter chicken, that’s they eat when we go to the restaurants!:))
    Thanks for this girl.

  2. butter chicken yum yum!!!
    I rarely make this as my version needs cream but yours look so delectable!!!a must try, cinnamon!!

  3. wow Cinnamon…..Great-looking dish…..I don’t eat non-veg….but will surely give this recipe to my husband…..he will be glad to make it 🙂

  4. Asha: This is a fav for all the kids!!
    Padmaja:Even my recipe has addition of cream, but I guess once in a while it is excused 🙂
    Sirisha:Iam sure your husband will love it!
    Sunita:Thank You!
    SriValli: Thank You Girl!
    Sandeepa: Yeah, it is 🙂

  5. browsing the blogs with an empty stomach is not at all a good idea, especially looking at a rich looking chicken dish!!!!

  6. I love Sanjeev Kapoors recipe’s they so simple yet rich with flavors and taste. That butter chicken looks awesome Spanz!

  7. Looks so creamy and yummy cinnamon.. That is a great choice for a non-Indian guest, taste of India without burning their tongue…

  8. Hi Cinnamon, new template is superb with yummy butter chicken recipe. Looks colorful and yummy. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Great new look
    Wow love butter chicken. One of the most famous dish from India abroad.
    I am just hungry now seeing the pic. I can just imagine digging into a plate ful of them

  10. I’ve never tried making butter chicken at home. All the versions I’ve had so far in restaurants tasted like absolute trash….so never built up enough enthusiasm to make at home. BUt here you are extolling its mild nature and how its perfect for everyone….hmmm, might give it a try someday then.

  11. Looking perfect like we get in restraunts. will try this. And yes Sanjeev Kappor he explains about the dish so wonderfully we can’t turn our eyes from the show. even i watch the show.

  12. Hi,
    butter chicken looks yummy…
    by havig a look i can understand how ur guest would have licked their fingers..:))
    Lokks very colourful and delicious

  13. I know it’s silly but every time I think of butter chicken, I think of chicken in a lot of butter 🙂 Yours looks so rich and creamy.

  14. butter chicken looks perfect! I love the use of your spices…lovely pic, and great cause!! I’ll substitute paneer or aloos and use your gravy recipe:)

  15. hi there, lovely post…this was just a restaurant baby for me, till happy cook came up with it sometime back, and now you…thanks for sharing..and my my!!!..the deviled eggs are just fab!!!

  16. Bindiya, Thank You!
    Mishmash, yeah I agree with you 🙂
    Padma, Thank You!
    Sig, Yeah… it was really a feast for him 🙂
    Tee, you are always welcome dear 🙂
    Bee, do try and let me know how u liked it!
    Jyothi, ThankYou girl!
    Happy Cook, hmm yes, it is so famous that every time we visit the restaurant, we always end up ordering the same dish!
    Nabeela, This one worked for me, do give it a try!
    Ramya, yes the way he explains is so easy and nice 🙂
    Saju, do try it, I am sure u will love it.
    Apple, Mandira, Nags, Thank You Girls!! I am glad you liked it!
    Prair, yes it is really a finger licking dish 🙂
    Cynthia, hihihi, yea the name indicates the same…. but we do not use large amt of butter in this dish 🙂
    Manasi, Paneer must also go well with this gravy, do try and let me know, how it worked!
    Kitchen Scientist, Thank You.. Ia m happy u liked it!

  17. I just made butter chicken too on Saturday. My recipe was a bit different, but the colour came out very similar. Looks delicious…

  18. thanks for visiting me and your kind words too…
    you have great great site to with lots to learn from the butter chicken and rice looks soooo yummy i will be making this soon and will let you know…

  19. Ahhh, butter chicken! This recipe looks super yummy…I know my daughter would devour this, I’m writing it down right now 🙂

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