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Butter Chicken Recipe

Butter Chicken is a luscious preparation of grilled chicken bits cooked in butter, nuts and tomato based gravy. Serve it with Garlic Nan or Lachcha Paratha or Pulao.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Curries, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Gluten Free, Keto, Non Vegetarian
Servings: 6
Calories: 319kcal
Author: Farrukh Aziz



  • 750 grams Boneless Chicken cut in medium cubes
  • 1 cup Yoghurt thick
  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder
  • Salt as per taste
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Pinch of red colour optional ( I havent used any)

Dry roast and grind to powder:-

  • 6 Cloves
  • 4 Green Cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
  • 10 Black Peppercorns
  • inch Cinnamon Stick
  • ¼ Small Seed of Nutmeg

For gravy:

  • 2 nos Onions finely chopped
  • 3 nos Tomatoes Large, ground to paste
  • 2 teaspoons Ginger Garlic Paste
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric
  • teaspoons Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Cashew Nut Paste
  • ½ tablespoon Honey
  • 2 tablespoons Cream
  • 1 teaspoon Kasuri Methi
  • 6 tablespoons Butter plus for brushing pan
  • Salt as per taste
  • Warm water as required


  • In a bowl mix together ground powder and all the ingredients listed in the marination above. Cover and marinate it for an hour.
  • Heat and brush the grill pan with butter. Grill the chicken pieces on high heat for 2-3 minutes from both sides and keep it aside (please do not discard the marinade-keep it aside for later use)
  • In another pan, heat butter. Add onions and fry till slightly golden brown
  • Add tomatoes, ginger-garlic paste and sauté on high heat for 3-4 minutes. Stir in between
  • Add almond paste, left marinade, cumin powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder, salt and sauté for another minute.
  • Add grilled chicken pieces and cup of warm water, cover and cook till chicken is done
  • Finally add cream, honey and kasuri methi, mix and cook for another 2 minutes
  • Dish out, garnish with cream, blob of butter, and coriander leaves.
  • Enjoy them hot with nan, parathas or pulao of your choice


Calories: 319kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 269mg | Potassium: 575mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 501IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 1mg