Butter Chicken Masala | Murgh Makhani is very much loved and famous recipe of Mughlai Cuisine. Grilled or fried, boneless chicken cubes are cooked in spicy onion-tomato-cashew based gravy. Thick, silky smooth and creamy gravy makes this recipe perfect to serve with any Indian bread and flavoured rice.
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About This Recipe
Butter Chicken is one of the popular recipes around the globe. You will find tons of variations and methods of making this recipe. My recipe of butter chicken is simple and easy to make. You can even make this easily on a busy day.
Marination is the key to flavour in any non-vegetarian recipe. Well marinated chicken pieces are always full of flavour and taste.
Earlier getting boneless chicken was a task. I used to debone the chicken pieces and use accordingly. Thanks to online meat shops for coming up with variety cuts that suits every need.
I usually prefer using skinless and boneless chicken cubes in making butter chicken recipe. You can either grill or fry the chicken pieces before adding them to the gravy. The gravy of butter chicken is thick, creamy and mildly spicy.
Main Ingredients For Making Butter Chicken
Chicken – Prefer using skinless and boneless chicken chunks. Marinating the chicken pieces will help in cooking them fast and bring flavour in the pieces. Marinated chicken cubes are either grilled in oven or fried on stove top in a normal pan or grilled pan.
Butter – I use low-fat butter. For frying or grilling the chicken cubes, I use oil and for making gravy, I use butter. Butter will bring shine in the gravy. By this way, use of butter is less and the taste is maintained too.
Ginger-Garlic Paste – This is a key ingredient in any Indian non-vegetarian recipe. Brings in flavour and aroma in the recipe.
Garam Masala – This spice powder is the heart of many Indian curries. Garam masala is a perfect blend of spices which bring flavour, aroma and taste in any recipe.
Kasoori Methi – Dry fenugreek leaves bring distinct taste and flavour in the curry.
Fresh Cream – Cream generally thickens the curry and makes it rich and silky smooth. A dash of fresh cream as garnish on the curry, makes it look appetizing too.
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What Is Makhani Sauce Made Of?
Makhani, the name itself has makkan which means butter. Makhani sauce is buttery soft, thick, creamy, flavourful and mildly spicy gravy. The basic makhani sauce is made by combining tomatoes, onions, cashew nuts and spices. You can easily make this and store in a freezer safe jar for later use.
Makhani sauce is used in variety of recipes like paneer makhani, veg makhani, egg makhani, prawn makhani, etc; This same sauce is used for making tikka biryani too.
If the makhani sauce is handy, then making murgh makhani less than 30 minutes to cook. As promised, here is a simple recipe to make makhani sauce.
How To Make Makhani Sauce?
- 4 Tomatoes, cut into wedges (seeds removed)
- 3 Onions, cut into wedges
- 1 tbsp. roasted Coriander powder
- ½ tbsp. roasted Cumin powder
- ¾ tbsp. Garam Masala
- 15 Cashew nuts
- 1 tbsp. Ginger-Garlic Paste
- Salt, to taste
- Pinch sugar
- 4 tbsp. Butter
- In a pot, bring water to boil and add tomato, onion wedges along with cashew nuts.
- Cook till onion turn soft. Drain the water and grind this till smooth.
- Using a strainer, sieve the ground paste.
- In a pan add butter and add the above sieved paste. To this add salt, roasted coriander powder, roasted cumin powder, garam masala and ginger-garlic paste.
- On low flame, by continuously stirring cook till butter starts to leave the sides of the pan.
- Stir in sugar and turn off the flame. Leave this cool and store in an airtight freezer safe jar. Close the lid properly and store in fridge. Stays good for a month.
Tips To Make Delicious Murgh Makhani
As mentioned, marination is the key to make best murgh makhani. Try to marinate for at least 60-90 minutes before grilling or cooking chicken pieces. Marinating chicken cubes overnight make them tender, juicier and full of flavour.
To bring that authentic vibrant orange color in the recipe, use Kashmiri red chili powder and good quality turmeric. You can even add few drops of orange food color to gravy, to bring in color. I do not use food color.
Instead of fresh cream, you can use full cream or low-fat milk. You can even use cashew or almond milk. Nut milk will bring unique taste to the recipe.
Pan roast the kasoori meethi and gently crush it with your fingers and add at the end, just before adding cream. This will bring nice taste and aroma in the recipe.
- ½ kg. Boneless Chicken pieces
- 2 big ripe Tomatoes, chopped
- 1 big Onion, sliced
- 2 tbsp. Red chilli powder
- ¼ tbsp. Turmeric powder
- ½ tbsp. roasted Coriander powder
- ¼ tbsp. roasted Cumin powder
- ½ tbsp. Garam Masala
- ¾ tbsp. Ginger-Garlic Paste
- 10 Cashew Nuts
- 1 Bay leaf
- ½ cup thick Curd
- 2 tbsp. Low fat Butter
- ½ tbsp. Kasoori Methi | Dry Fenugreek leaves
- ½ cup + 2 tbsp. fresh Cream
- pinch Sugar
- 1 tbsp. minced Coriander leaves
Step 1: Marinating The Chicken Cubes
Whisk curd with ½ tbsp. red chili powder, pinch of turmeric powder, pinch garam masala, ¼ tbsp. ginger-garlic paste and salt.
Now add chicken cubes and mix well. Leave this to marinade for 1-2 hours in fridge by covering with cling or wrap.
Step 2: Grilling or Frying Chicken Cubes
For Grilling In Oven
Arrange marinated chicken cubes on a grill pan tray and place them in a pre-heated oven. Brush oil on top and choose grill option and grill for 35-40 minutes. Turn in between and brush with oil.
Add 3 tbsp. of oil to a pan or griller pan. When it heats up add marinated chicken cubes to a grill pan or a normal pan and cook till done.
Step 2: Preparing Gravy
In a pot, add water and bring it to boil. To this add chopped tomatoes, onions and cashews.
When the onions turn soft, turn off the flame and leave to cool. Using a strainer, sieve the gravy.
In a pan add butter and drop in bay leaf. Stir for a minute and add in above sieved paste.
To this add red chili powder, turmeric powder, salt, ginger-garlic paste. Stir and add garam masala, roasted coriander powder and roasted cumin powder.
Fry on medium flame by continuously stirring. Stir till oil starts to leave the sides of the pan.
Step 4: Adding Chicken Cubes
Now remove the bay leaf and add fried or grilled chicken cubes. Stir until the chicken cubes are nicely coated with masala.
Add in ¾ cup of warm water and stir well. Place the lid and leave to cook for 3-5 minutes.
Add kasoori methi and cook on medium flame by half covering the pan. Cook till oil starts to separate.
Add cream and gently stir the gravy. Turn of the flame. Leave for 15 minutes.
Step 5: Garnish
Remove the curry in a serving bowl.
Garnish it by adding freshly minced coriander leaves and fresh cream.
Serve warm with any Indian bread or flavoured rice.
Add love to make this butter chicken taste ‘Yummy’.
Lubna's Serving Suggestions:
Butter Chicken Recipe is a thick and creamy main course recipe. This can be served with roti, parotta, naan, sheermal, kuckha, pita, etc;
You can also serve this with jeera rice, coconut rice, bagara khana, ghee rice, biryani, etc;
Tastes good with dosa, vada and idiyappam .
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 283Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 87mgSodium: 328mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 27g