Butter Chicken

READY IN: 1hr 15mins
Recipe by Rav8126

With a lot of time and effort, I was able to coax this recipe from the owner of a local Indian restaurant. The restaurant is known for their Butter Chicken. They use a clay oven for cooking, most of us don't have that luxury and a barbeque will suffice. Some caution, this dish is extremely rich, use it for those special occasions.

Top Review by Rav8126

Though I posted the original recipe from the restaurant, I actually make changes when I cook this dish. I cut the chicken into chunks first, marinate them overnight and then cook them in the oven (if I do the chicken on the bbq, I keep the pieces whole). I also find that the dish is quite rich, so I substitute some or all of the whip cream with yoghurt. I use 1 green chilli pepper and for the water I usually only add 1 cup. I omit the sautéed ginger. Of course, everyone's taste is different, so adapt it to whatever you prefer......

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook marinated chicken on barbeque or oven.
  2. Cut into chunks once done.
  3. Melt the butter.
  4. Add in tomato sauce, salt, sugar, white pepper, parsley and whipping cream.
  5. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring often.
  6. Add water according to desired thickness.
  7. Mixture should not be runny or too thick- should be thick enough to coat a spoon.
  8. Add in garlic powder, chili pepper(s) and ginger powder, stir.
  9. Add chicken chunks to mixture.
  10. Stir in sauted ginger and fresh cilantro.
  11. These are optional ingredients, adjust use according to taste.
  12. Stir mixture until chicken is thoroughly coated.
  13. Remove from heat.
  14. Butter chicken is traditionally eaten with an Indian bread called'naan'.
  15. It can also be eaten on a bed of rice.

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