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How to prepare Butter Chicken

Updated on February 11, 2017

You might have had butter chicken from restaurants or even you might have prepared it from home. This is totally different from the original recipe, but delicious.Try it on.

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 1 hour 40 min
Yields: Serves 3-4 people


Preparation Time: N/A
Cooking Time: 30-40 min
Serves 4

500g of chicken (boneless/with bones)

3 tbsp butter

Juice from 1 lime

2 cups coconut milk (thick)


10 fried cashew nuts for garnishing

Green Peas for garnishing (Soaked and boiled)

Coriander leaves for garnishing

For paste:

1 big size onion (chopped)

2 medium size tomatoes (pieces)

1 tbsp garlic paste/chopped

1 tbsp ginger paste/chopped

¼ tsp cinnamon

4 cloves

2 tbsp coriander seeds

¼ tsp turmeric powder

10 cashew nuts

3 tbsp chili powder

1 tbsp garam masala

1 tbsp butter/ cooking oil



  1. Marinate the chicken with lime juice and salt. Keep it aside for an hour.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp of butter/cooking oil in a pan and pan fry the items which are mentioned here to make the paste. Once the mixture is well cooked, turn it off and let it cool.
  3. Grind the mixture and prepare a thick paste. Do not add water.
  4. Heat a pan with 3 tbsp of butter and add marinated chicken. Cook it well, until it turns golden brown. Mix it once in a while with the help of a wooden spoon. Don’t burn the chicken pieces.
  5. Once the chicken is ready, pour coconut milk and mix the paste as well.
  6. Add salt and chili powder if you want it even spicier.
  7. Once the gravy becomes thicken, garnish it with coriander leaves, green peas, fried cashew nuts and serve it with rice or flat bread.


  • You can use ½ cup of fresh curd instead of coconut milk. Add water according to the gravy required.
  • You can cook the chicken in tandoor instead of pan frying.


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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      Delicious and easy recipe. Thanks for sharing this beautiful recipe.

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      Vishaaa 4 years ago from Somewhere on this earth..

      @JanMaklak : Tandoor is just like barbecue, this process needs a special oven too. Rather you can try pan frying.

      Thanks for your comment :)

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      JanMaklak 4 years ago from Canada

      My wife and I love this recipe! You say cook the chicken in tandoor at the end. Is that like a barbecue?

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      telltale 6 years ago

      This recipe is basically curry, isn't it? Using Coconut milk, coriander seeds, tumeric, garam masala, etc. - all curry ingredients. Have not tried a curry dish using butter, ghee is the normal ingredient, but ghee is a form of butter, well.... thanks for the recipe, may try it later..

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      6hotfingers3 6 years ago

      Butter chicken sounds delicious. I will try the recipe. Thank you for sharing!

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      Vishaaa 6 years ago from Somewhere on this earth..

      Thank you for placing your valuable comment Swb64.I hope you'd try this recipe.

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      swb64 6 years ago from Addingham, UK.

      I do love cooking. If those photos were any closer then I am sure they would steam the screen, yummm...