Murgh Makhani (Indian Butter Chicken)

Recipe by Lavender Lynn
READY IN: 50mins




  • Stir the yogurt and tandoori masala powder together in a large bowl until thoroughly combined; add the chicken and toss to coat evenly.
  • Marinate in refrigerator for 1 hour. Drain and discard any excess marinade.
  • Puree the onion, ginger, and garlic with the water in a blender until it forms a smooth paste; set aside.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Cook the chicken in the hot oil until lightly browned on all sides, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from skillet and set aside.
  • Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons in the skillet.
  • Fry the onion paste in the hot oil until the moisture is mostly evaporated, about 3 minutes.
  • Sprinkle the garam masala and chili powder over the mixture; cook 1 minute more.
  • Pour the tomato sauce into the mixture, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook another 5 minutes.
  • Return the chicken to the pan along with the half and half; bring to a boil. Add the butter, fenugreek leaves, and salt; reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered until the chicken pieces are no longer pink in the middle, 15 to 20 minutes.