Butter chicken or Murgh makhani is a very popular chicken delicacy. Traditional recipes of this dish requires long preparation process and cooking time. I have given below a recipe of butter chicken which reduces cooking time without any compromise on taste... This recipe is not for the health conscious because it is loaded with butter and oil.

Serves = 4 to 6

500 gms chicken cut into small pieces (preferably boneless)
2 onions pureed
3 tomatoes pureed
1 tbsp ginger paste
1 tbsp garlic paste
10 cashew nuts, ground to paste
5 tbsp butter
3 tbsp cream
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves

For the marinade

5 tbsp curd
1 tbsp garam masala
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp cumin powder
1 tsp olive oil
1/4 tsp salt

  • Take all the ingredients of the marinade in a bowl and mix well. 
  • Add washed and cleaned chicken to this mix and allow it to marinate for an hour. 
  • Preheat the oven and grill the chicken pieces in a rottiserrie or baking tray. You can alternatey shallow fry the chicken pieces in a non stick pan. Keep ready.
  • Now heat 3 tbsp ghee in a pan, add onion paste, cook for a couple of minutes in low flame, then add garlic and ginger paste and cook till the raw smell goes.
  • Then add cashew paste, tomato paste and red chilli powder, garam masala powder and cook for about 10 minutes.
  • Add some more butter, 2 tbsp cream and salt. 
  • Mix well, then add the chicken pieces, 1 cup water and cook for about 10 minutes with lid covered, till the chicken is tender.
  • Garnish with cream and coriander leaves. Serve hot with Paratha or naan.

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