Butter Chicken / Murgh Makhani



Boneless chicken – 1/2 kg cut into pieces

For the Marinade

Thick curd – 1/4 cup

Lime juice – 1 1/2 tsp

Ginger-garlic paste – 1 1/2 tsp

Kashmiri chilly powder – 1 1/2 tsp

Tandoori chicken masala – 1 1/2 tsp

Salt – to taste

For the Gravy

Butter – 2 tbsp

Bay leaf – 1

Onion – 1 chopped

Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tsp

Chilly powder – 1 tsp

Tomato puree – 1 1/2 cups

Orange red color – 2 pinches

Salt – to taste

Garam masala – 1/2 tsp

Cashew nuts – 10

Warm water – 1/4 cup

Cream – 1/4 cup

Coriander leaves – 1 tbsp chopped



Marinate the chicken pieces with the above mentioned ingredients for 3 hrs .  Blanch two tomatoes in hot water and remove the skin.  Blend it in a mixer with some water to make the puree.  Bake the chicken in a preheated oven for 30 minutes on 180 degree C.  Soak the cashew nuts in warm water for 15 minutes.  Grind it to make a fine paste.  Melt butter in a non-stick pan and add the bay leaf and onions.  When they turn pink, add ginger-garlic paste and fry for a minute.  Add chilly powder and then tomato puree.  Add salt, orange red color and the baked chicken pieces.  Let it simmer for 5 minutes.  Now add garam masala, cashew paste and cream, and mix well.  Simmer for a minute more and switch off the flame.  Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and cream.  Serve delicious ‘Butter Chicken / Murgh Makhani’ with nan, kulcha, paratha, chapathi or pulao .  Enjoy with your kids!

You can add a tsp of crushed Kasoori Methi/ Dry Fenugreek leaves to enhance the flavor of the ‘Butter Chicken’.

  1. Looks so so beautiful and delicous, i lov ethe color, made butter chicken but still have to post them but I am s lazy to write post and I have a whole stack of recipes to post.

  2. That picture brought me here from the reader.Looks authentic and rich Lissie.Superb make !!

  3. WOW…Butter Chicken is one of my favourite. You’ve made it simply delicious and am drooling now! 😀

  4. Omg, makes me hungry..am drooling!!

  5. Perfect color chechi..kandittu kothiayee..naan koodi undayirunnekil…

  6. Baking the chicken instead of frying is more healthy..yummy butter chicken. Love the color of the gravy.

  7. Lissie Auntie,

    You simply are the BEST!
    Love you, me and my friend Anitha were waiting for this recipe!!!
    Will try over the weekend and let you know.


  8. Hi Priya,

    Thank you so much for the praises! I was really busy..and is now in SG.

    Did you try ‘Butter Chicken’? How did it come out? Plz do let me know.

    lots of love,