Butter Chicken

This recipe for butter chicken is really easy and delicious. This is the healthy version of the Indian classic!

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butter chicken
Recipe AuthorAlice Cameron
Date29 July 2019
People4
MachineManual Mode
Preparation time 12 Minutes
Rest time 30 Minutes
Cooking time 53 Minutes
Total time 1 Hour 35 Minutes
Cooking typesHob recipes
CountriesAsian recipes
CountriesIndian recipe
Recipe typesMeat recipes

Butter chicken can be found on almost every Indian restaurant menu, and for good reason! It’s super tasty and flavourful curry. Butter chicken is an incredibly creamy curry and this recipe is just superb!

The secret to succulent chicken is the marinade! The marinade we have used is a mix of yoghurt and spices. The yoghurt tenderised the chicken while the spices add flavour even before you start cooking! Marinading for at least half an hour before cooking will do the trick but you can even leave it overnight for even more flavour!

There is little you can do to improve the traditional recipe taste-wise but we have succeeded in making it a little healthier. Instead of adding copious amounts of cream to the sauce we have opted to add yoghurt instead. We chose yoghurt because of its a higher-protein, lower-fat alternative and you don’t have to compromise on the taste or texture!

Of course, you can’t have butter chicken without butter, that’s a given but you can achieve that wonderful buttery texture with a little less than you would expect!

We have opted for boneless chicken thighs instead of breast because they can be cooked for longer and they stay exceptionally juicy.

Ingredient list

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Chicken 500gboneless chicken thighs, chopped into medium sized pieces
Garlic 2TBSP (UK)finely chopped
Ginger 2TBSP (UK)finely chopped
Lemon juice 0to tastehalf a lemon
Cumin seeds 1TBSP (UK)ground
Paprika 1TBSP (UK)
Chilli powder 1TBSP (UK)
Yogurt 120g
Vegetable oil 2TBSP (UK)
Onion 100g
IngredientQtaUMNotes
Garam masala 1TSP (UK)
Mustard powder 1TSP (UK)
Onion powder 1TSP (UK)
Passata 200ml
Tomato purée 1TBSP (UK)
Almonds 50gsliced
Water 100ml
Salt 0to taste
Basmati Rice 320gCooked
Fresh coriander 0to taste

Step nr: 1 - Marinade chicken

Ingredient list for step nr: 1

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Chicken 500gram
Garlic 1tablespoon (UK)
Ginger 1tablespoon (UK)
Lemon juice 0to taste
IngredientQtaUMNotes
Cumin seeds 1tablespoon (UK)
Paprika 1tablespoon (UK)
Chilli powder 1tablespoon (UK)
Yogurt 100gram
Rest time 30 Minutes
Total time 30 Minutes

Start by making the marinade. Mix the garlic, ginger, lemon juice, cumin, paprika, chilli powder and yogurt together in a medium sized bowl. Add the chicken to the bowl, and cover. Leave in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Step nr: 2 - Cook chicken

Ingredient list for step nr: 2

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Chicken 500gram
IngredientQtaUMNotes
Vegetable oil 1tablespoon (UK)
Cooking time 7 Minutes
Total time 7 Minutes

In a large saucepan, add half the oil and the chicken. Brown the outside it should not be cooked through. Remove the chicken from the pan and reserve for later.

Step nr: 3 - Chop Onion

Ingredient list for step nr: 3

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Onion 100gram
Preparation time 5 Minutes
Total time 5 Minutes

Finely chop the onion.

Step nr: 4 - Fry vegetables

Ingredient list for step nr: 4

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Garlic 1tablespoon (UK)
Ginger 1tablespoon (UK)
IngredientQtaUMNotes
Onion 100gram
Cooking time 10 Minutes
Total time 10 Minutes

Add the onion, garlic, green chilli, ginger to the pan and cook until soft.

Step nr: 5 - Add spices

Ingredient list for step nr: 5

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Garam masala 1teaspoon (UK)
Mustard powder 1teaspoon (UK)
IngredientQtaUMNotes
Onion powder 1teaspoon (UK)
Tomato purée 1tablespoon (UK)
Cooking time 5 Minutes
Total time 5 Minutes

Turn the heat down and add garam masala, mustard powder, onion powder, tomato purée, stirring continuously. Cook until the purée has darkened slightly.

Step nr: 6 - Add passata

Ingredient list for step nr: 6

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Passata 200milliliter
IngredientQtaUMNotes
Almonds 50gram
Cooking time 10 Minutes
Total time 10 Minutes

Add the passata and almonds.

Step nr: 7 - Blend sauce

Preparation time 5 Minutes
Total time 5 Minutes

Remove from the heat and using a hand blender, blend until completely smooth.

Step nr: 8 - Bring to a simmer

Cooking time 1 Minute
Total time 1 Minute

Return the sauce to the heat and cook for another few minutes.

Step nr: 9 - Add chicken

Ingredient list for step nr: 9

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Chicken 500gram
IngredientQtaUMNotes
Water 100milliliter
Cooking time 15 Minutes
Total time 15 Minutes

Add the and chicken back to the saucepan and cook thoroughly. If the sauce is a bit too thick add the water.

Step nr: 10 - Reduce sauce

Ingredient list for step nr: 10

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Yogurt 120gram
IngredientQtaUMNotes
Salt 0to taste
Cooking time 5 Minutes
Total time 5 Minutes

Add the yogurt and the butter then simmer gently. Add salt and adjust accordingly.

Step nr: 11 - Serve

Ingredient list for step nr: 11

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Basmati Rice 320gram
IngredientQtaUMNotes
Fresh coriander 0to taste
Preparation time 2 Minutes
Total time 2 Minutes

Chop some fresh coriander and garnish. Serve with basmati rice.

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