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Indian Butter Chicken

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A staple in Indian restaurants around the globe, butter chicken is practically the brand ambassador of Indian curries. This version makes good on the name with tender, juicy chicken, a subtle blend of spices, and just the right amount of butter and cream. The color of your sauce may vary depending on the color of the tomatoes, paprika, and ground chilies you use. The recipe is a Yummly original created by Prerna Singh.


  • 1 inch fresh ginger (for marinade)
  • 5 garlic cloves (for marinade)
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (preferably whole milk)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. ground coriander (for marinade)
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp. chili powder (Kashmiri, buy at Indian markets and online; or instead of 1 1/2 tsp. chili powder, use 1 1/4 tsp. paprika and 1/4 tsp. cayenne)
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp. Garam Masala (for marinade)
  • 1 tsp. salt (for marinade)
  • 2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1 inch fresh ginger (for masala)
  • 5 garlic cloves (for masala)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp. ground coriander (for masala)
  • 15 oz. diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. light brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 tsp. salt (for masala)
  • 1 tsp. Garam Masala (for masala)
  • 1/4 cup water (for blender)
  • vegetable oil (optional, if cooking chicken in skillet)
  • 3/4 cup water (or more, for masala)
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream (for masala)
  • 1 Tbsp. fenugreek leaves (dried, kasuri methi, optional; buy at Indian markets and online)
  • 2 Tbsp. heavy cream (for serving, optional)
  • basmati rice
  • naan bread
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    Calories550Calories from Fat320
    Total Fat36g55%
    Saturated Fat15g75%
    Trans Fat0g
    Calories from Fat320
    Total Carbohydrate17g6%
    Dietary Fiber6g24%
    Vitamin A25%
    Vitamin C20%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


    seb 2 months ago
    awesome it was fun and easy
    Kit 2 months ago
    Incredible, outstanding, just like my favorite authentic curry spot down the street
    Dave Mellor 3 months ago
    i enjoyed it but the wife and child didn't
    Elisabeth J. 4 months ago
    literally the best thing I've ever made. recipe is bomb
    Pops Spengler 4 months ago
    This is sooooo worth making. I have several times. It is sooooo good good good!
    GreenEyedGuide 8 months ago
    I don't know if I would make this one just because of the time commitment but the flavors were absolutely amazing.
    yo 9 months ago
    it's a much thicker butter chicken than other recipes. the chicken or of the oven was awesome. i think I'll tweak it a bit next time. certainly spice it up more. great starting point.
    FlavorfulChef a year ago
    It turned out great. I had to omit the nuts because of allergy but it worked out just fine. I'll definitely be making this one again!
    Carrolyn a year ago
    Delish! Would definitely make this recipe again. I cut back on the salt considerably though.
    Jill a year ago
    Delicious!!! I will definitely make this again!
    Tess a year ago
    This was so delicious!
    bobby jones a year ago
    The BEST Indian butter chicken I have ever made! Thank you for this recipe!
    Matthew Stewart a year ago
    Best Indian dish ever! even better than from my Indian cook book.
    Tam Sanders 2 years ago
    Very complicated and hard to find ingredients, but the taste was spot on!
    Pamela Gileno 2 years ago
    This one tastes exactly like the restaurant version. First time I’ve ever successfully replicated the unforgettable taste of this dish. Had to order the fenugreek leaves online😂 And since we have no Indian Restaurants out in this part of Alaska, I had to become the Indian Restaurant😂 The fenugreek leaves are crucial to the authentic taste.
    Jennifer Valentine 2 years ago
    The aroma and taste is wonderful. It takes time, but worth every bite.
    Bradford Abmeyer 2 years ago
    Completely fantastic! I decided to dice my own tomatoes (using Roma tomatoes) and i have guests wanting me to do this recipe again. Better than what you can get at a restaurant!
    Christina 2 years ago
    alot of work, but delicious! tasted authentic
    Cynical Cooks 2 years ago
    Absolutely delicious!!
    Neesha Sundra 2 years ago
    fantastically delicious