Butter Chicken (Chicken Makhani)

June 22, 2007

I cannot believe it’s almost 4 days since my last post. I apologize dear readers, I’ve been really caught up with work. But I am back now so let me pick up where I left off.

As i wrote in my previous post Weekend Cookout, I cooked up a storm with Indian Inspired meals. One of the dished I prepared was Butter Chicken. This chicken curry dish is a very versatile one as you can adjust the spiciness level to your liking. My butter chicken was a very mild one because my guest did not have the tongue for spicy food, unfortunately. It was still a very flavorful curry that packs the punch in the amount of spice.

Here’s the recipe:
4 whole chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons of yogurt

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons garam masala
1 tablespoon cumin powder
1 onion, minced
4 garlic, chopped finely
1 inch of ginger, minced
2 small cans of tomato puree
1 tablespoon chili powder (decrease/increase the amount to your preference)
approx. 1 tablespoon salt to taste
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup of grounded almonds
1/2 cup of yogurt
1/2 cup water

1. Marinate chicken with paprika, salt, pepper and yogurt for 2-3 hours.
2. After 2-3 hours, heat a deep pan with some oil and pan fried the chicken until all sides are browned. Take it off the stove for later use.
3. Use the same pan and the butter. Saute the onions, garlic and ginger until fragrant, approx. 5-8 minutes.
4. Add your garam masala and cumin powder, saute until the powder is well incorporated into a mixture.
5. Now, add the rest of the ingredients in and let the sauce come to a simmer. Stir well and let it cook for about 8 more minutes before adding the chicken pieces in.
6. Let the chicken cook in the butter sauce under a lower simmer for about 30-40 minutes.
7. Serve warm.

The butter chicken goes very well with rice, roti and naans 🙂

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Keropok Man
June 20, 2007 @ 8:56 am

ooooo looks so delicious.

went to an indian buffet the other day and they had butter chicken as one of the dishes.

how interesting to have added honey inside!

Sasi a.k.a Saz
June 20, 2007 @ 12:38 pm

Cikgu bagi A ++

teruskan usaha gigih anda 🙂

June 20, 2007 @ 3:12 pm

This sounds great! We’ve been into buttered and creamy chicken recipes lately, so this one we will be trying out for sure 🙂

The Expedited Writer
June 20, 2007 @ 4:26 pm

keropokman: Yea, this recipe was from my parents’ indian friends years ago. They added honey in their butter chicken recipe 🙂

sasi: Terima Kasih, ya..tak sangka akan dapat A++ dari Cikgu..eee..gembiranya 😛

jmom: Hi JMom, thanks for dropping by and linking me up on your blog 🙂 Try this recipe and let me know how it goes 😉


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