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Butter Chicken

5/5 from 23 Customers

A more sophisticated version of the ever popular chicken tikka masala!

15 minutes

25 minutes

3/5

Also works a treat with: Prawns, Paneer for a veg version

Book: How to be a Curry Legend (p50)

Goes great with: (p159), Bombay Potatoes (p122) and Mango Chutney (p202)

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Butter chicken (or murgh makhani) is a more sophisticated version of the ever popular chicken tikka masala. It has its origins in Northern India and consists of chicken marinated in spiced yogurt then cooked in a sauce rich with butter, tomato and spices.

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Recipe

15 minutes

25 minutes

3/5

Serves

4 with sides

Effort

Low Effort

Main Ingredient

Chicken

Main Ingredient

Tomatoes/Peppers

Main Ingredient

Yogurt/Dairy

Dietary

Gluten Free

Gluten Free

Taste Profile

Meal Taste

Creamy

Meal Taste

Mild

Meal Taste

Rich

Origin

Popular Style

Indian

Country

India

  • 500g diced chicken (thighs are best)
  • 2 cloves of garlic - finely chopped
  • Fresh ginger - finely chopped to make 1 tbsp
  • 2 tomatoes - finely chopped
  • ½ lemon
  • 50g butter
  • 75g natural yogurt (full fat is best)
  • 50ml cream (any type)
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 tsp sugar

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Product Rating (23):

5/5

Friday night friends night. Butter chicken Balti saag aloo and pilau rice. All excellent so tasty and just the right amount of spice. My husband loves cooking your curries and we love eating them.

Hats off to him, looks really delicious!

5/5

Deliciously creamy with a jazzy kick of spice to it. Lovely.

Yummers! Well done Will, looks really good (and rich!!!)

5/5

This was delicious, butter chicken, lamb balti and saag paneer. Enjoyed so much by our friends that they were going home to try and cook them.

Amazing! Glad to hear it went down so well!

5/5

Amazing banquet of butter chicken, pilau rice, naan bread, onion bhaji, mushroom bhaji and saag paneer!

Wow, what an incredible feast! Everything looks delicious- you have made us hungry here at Spicery HQ!

5/5

Made Butter Chicken and Chicken Madras for the in-laws! The children in particular love the butter chicken and it is now a favourite!

Hats off to the chef- this looks delicious! Glad everyone enjoyed it!

5/5

Lovely rich curry, easy to make.

Glad you enjoyed it, this looks like a delicious feast with those sides too! Hats off to the chef!

5/5

Thomas (age 9) cooked this delicious butter chicken curry as part of his 'make a meal for your family' homework. It's an absolute family favourite!

This meal looks fantastic! It's top marks from us- the sauce looks looks so flavoursome and the rice and breads look so fluffy and yummy, well done Thomas!

5/5

Butter chicken with Jeera rice, delicious!!!

Beautiful! Happy spicing!

5/5

This week’s lockdown Friday curry - butter chicken (our favourite) with palak dhal and kulchas

Perfect Friday night scran! Happy spicing!

5/5

Delicious Saturday night Curry !

Perfection! Happy spicing!

5/5

An international cook along curry legend evening via FaceTime. Our friends Oli & Sarah in Geneva using their spicery kit to whip up a legendary feast. Samosas, seekh kebabs, butter chicken, mushroom keema, onion chutney and mint raita. All excellent!

Brilliant! Happy spicing everyone!

5/5

First recipe tried from the curry legend kit I recently purchased! It was out of this world! Totally jaw dropping, the texture was perfect and the flavour was amazing! Cannot wait to try out all the others!

It looks like you did a fantastic job! Glad you enjoyed it and we can't wait to see your future creations, happy spicing!

5/5

Lovely creamy curry, easy to cook and went well with the accompaniments from the book. You

Ooh everything looks wonderful- we wish we could try some of those fluffy breads!

5/5

Had an amazing curry night with friends, fantastic choice of recipes to choose from. We opted for a prawn pathia and quorn butter chicken, with pilau rice and plenty of sides. Even whipped up some mango lassi, amazing and totally recommend to students!

Wow, what an impressive feast! Everything looks incredible- the patterned crockery is beautiful and what a treat making some Mango Lassi to wash it all down with. Student meals go legendary!

5/5

Easy to make and tastes amazing! First curry legend curry! Served with curry legend pilau rice. Stunning.

WOW this is a brilliant butter chicken- hats off to the chef!

5/5

Such tasty food and so easy to make, no weird ingredients and no jars of spices bought for one meal and then going out of date in the cupboard - perfect, love this, can’t wait to make my next meal

It's great to hear that you really enjoyed this, and found it nice and simple to create! We can't wait to see the next meal too!

5/5

Had this as part of my subscription, tasted great!

This looks great - we're so happy to hear how much you enjoyed it! Happy spicing!

5/5

Made butter chicken with a side of Bombai potatoes. Recipe very easy to follow.

This looks amazing, Sam - you've done a brilliant job! We're glad you found the recipe nice and simple to follow too. Happy spicing!

5/5

This is without a doubt our favourite recipe in the Curry Legend book! It’s so creamy and rich, and the flavours are that deep and fresh that it easily rivals that of a restaurant! I love that all of the recipes can be easily veganised - we used mock chicken and vegan butter here to create this delicious dish.

You can't go wrong with butter chicken, such a crowd-pleaser! Great job veganising this dish, Georgina - it looks delicious!

5/5

Butter Chicken, Garlic and Coriander Rice, Coriander Raita and of course Naan Breads. Absolutely delicious! Makes a midweek evening feel like Saturday night.

This all looks amazing, Robin - what a feast! Great job!

5/5

Who says you can’t cook a curry whilst camping!

Great photo, Natasha! We love to see a Curry Legend kit in the wild - happy spicing!

4/5

12/2/22 - tried to replicate the butter chicken with kachumber salad that my wife loved by doing the butter chicken from the curry legend book. Tasty but not as good

This certainly looks like a delicious curry - sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy it as much as the Easy Kit version, but don't worry, we'll be re-stocking that very soon!

5/5

Butter Chicken, Saag Paneer, Paneer Matar and Tarka Dhal. I love my curry legend book. Have been making weekly feasts for 4 years and my wife and kids love it every time .

What an amazing feast, Carl - every part looks absolutely delicious, great job! No doubt your wife and kids look forward to their delicious Curry Legend dinner every week!

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