Murgh Makhani - Moghul Butter Chicken

Total Time
4hrs 30mins
Prep
4 hrs
Cook
30 mins

A classic Indian recipe is absolutely delectable and is a real favourite in our house, frequently served on Curry Friday - a popular family tradition! This world famous recipe is often jokingly referred to as the national bird of Punjab, so popular is it in that region! This recipe is by Gordon Ramsey, and here is what he has to say about it: Gordon: "Butter chicken, or murgh makhani, was one of the first dishes I tasted when I went to India. Its origins can be traced back to Moghul times, but the dish and its history is most closely associated with Delhi's famous Moti Mahal restaurant, where I had the pleasure of eating this fantastic dish. Over time, numerous chefs have attempted to emulate the rich buttery sauce, and flavours vary slightly between restaurants. This is my version of the classic dish."

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Ingredients

Nutrition

Directions

  1. Place the chicken in a bowl with the garlic, ginger, salt, chilli powder and lemon juice. Mix, cover with cling film and chill for 30 minutes. Mix together the yoghurt, garam masala, turmeric and cumin and add to the chicken, making sure that each piece is well coated with the mixture. Cover again and chill for 3-4 hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas 4. Put the marinated chicken pieces on a grill rack set on a baking tray and bake for 8-10 minutes. Brush the chicken pieces with a little oil and turn them over. Bake for another 10-12 minutes until just cooked through.
  3. For the sauce, heat the ghee or butter in a pan and add the garlic and ginger. Fry for a minute or so then add the cardamom, cloves, coriander, garam masala, turmeric, fenugreek and chilli powder. Stir well and fry for 1-2 minutes until they give off a lovely aroma.
  4. Stir in the tomato puree and lemon juice and cook for another couple of minutes. Add the chicken pieces to the sauce and stir well to coat. Finally, add the butter and cream and stir continuously until the butter has melted and the sauce is smooth.
  5. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Transfer to a warm bowl and serve hot, garnished with chopped coriander.
Most Helpful

5 5

10 stars???? maybe more??? I promised to make a double batch next time but THE PICKY ONE said to triple it!!! that was the only problem with this dish...there wasn't enough. :o Absolutely delicious!!! i used cayenne & it was just right - a bit zippy but not overpowering. A fantastic blend of seasonings. Thank you, FT!!! Made for Family Picks, ZWT6.

5 5

I absolutely adore this recipe. butter chicken is the most wonderful dish when we want Indian meal but have guests who dont like thing as spicy as we do. The sauce was wonderful and rich. Our company loved it! ZWT6

5 5

This had a wonderful flavor. I made it extra saucy just for the purpose of soaking it up with fresh naan :) A very enjoyable and easy to prepare meal. Thanks!