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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 tablespoons ground coriander (for marinade)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons 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 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala (for marinade)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (for marinade)
  • 2 pounds 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)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander (for masala)
  • 15 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (for masala)
  • 1 teaspoon 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 tablespoon fenugreek leaves (dried, kasuri methi, optional; buy at Indian markets and online)
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream (for serving, optional)
  • basmati rice
  • naan bread
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    NutritionView More

    Sodium40% DV970mg
    Fat55% DV36g
    Protein82% DV42g
    Carbs6% DV17g
    Fiber24% DV6g
    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.


    Carrolyn 2 months ago
    Delish! Would definitely make this recipe again. I cut back on the salt considerably though.
    Jill 3 months ago
    Delicious!!! I will definitely make this again!
    Tess 3 months ago
    This was so delicious!
    bobby jones 5 months ago
    The BEST Indian butter chicken I have ever made! Thank you for this recipe!
    Matthew Stewart 5 months ago
    Best Indian dish ever! even better than from my Indian cook book.
    Tam Sanders 6 months ago
    Very complicated and hard to find ingredients, but the taste was spot on!
    Pamela Gileno 6 months 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 6 months ago
    The aroma and taste is wonderful. It takes time, but worth every bite.
    Bradford Abmeyer 7 months 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 8 months ago
    alot of work, but delicious! tasted authentic
    Cynical Cooks a year ago
    Absolutely delicious!!
    Neesha Sundra a year ago
    fantastically delicious