Indian butter chicken (Chicken Makhani)

Indian butter chicken (Chicken Makhani)


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About this recipe: Chicken is simmered in a smooth and fragrant tomato-based sauce with cashews and Indian spices in this delicious chicken Makhani recipe. Serve over warm basmati rice along with some naan bread.


Serves: 4 

  • For the spice mix
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 2 teaspoons tandoori masala powder
  • 2 teaspoons Madras curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • For the curry
  • 680g boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh ginger
  • 250g tomato puree
  • 235ml single cream
  • 60ml plain yogurt
  • 40g cashews
  • 1 bunch fresh coriander, stems removed

Prep:30min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hr10min 

  1. Mix garam masala, tandoori masala, curry, cumin, cardamom, cayenne, salt and black pepper together in a small bowl to make spice mixture.
  2. Place chicken in a large bowl and add 1/2 the spice mixture; turn to coat evenly.
  3. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add chicken; cook and stir until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in remainder of the spice mixture, lemon juice, garlic and ginger; cook and stir until combined, about 1 minute.
  5. Stir tomato puree into onion mixture and cook, stirring frequently, about 2 minutes. Pour in and yogurt. Reduce heat to low and simmer sauce, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  6. Blend cashews in a blender until finely ground. Add sauce to the blender; puree until smooth.
  7. Pour blended sauce over chicken in the pan. Simmer until thickened, 10 to 15 minutes. Garnish with fresh coriander.

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