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Creamy Indian Butter Chicken

Time: 40 minutes Cook
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Exploring the Rich History of Creamy Indian Butter Chicken

Indian cuisine is a culinary tapestry woven with a myriad of flavors, spices, and techniques that have evolved over centuries. Among the many gems in the treasure trove of Indian dishes, there’s one that stands out with its velvety texture, rich flavor, and captivating history – Creamy Indian Butter Chicken.


In a large mixing bowl, combine the yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, turmeric, red chili powder, garam masala, salt, and lemon juice to create the marinade.

Cooking Creamy Indian Butter Chicken

Heat the butter and vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once the butter melts and foams, add the chopped onions and sauté until they turn golden brown.

Stir in the ginger-garlic paste and cook for a minute until the raw aroma dissipates.

Add the ground cumin, ground coriander, turmeric, and red chili powder. Cook for a couple of minutes, stirring constantly to prevent burning and to bloom the spices.

Pour in the tomato puree and cook for another 5-7 minutes, until the oil begins to separate from the mixture and the sauce thickens.

Reduce the heat to low, then gently stir in the marinated chicken along with its marinade. Cook for 10-15 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked and tender.

Season the sauce with garam masala, salt, and honey. Adjust the seasoning to your taste, and simmer for a few more minutes.

Serving Creamy Indian Butter Chicken

Garnish your Creamy Indian Butter Chicken with fresh cilantro, adding a burst of color and freshness to the dish.

Serve this delectable creation hot, alongside steamed basmati rice or warm naan bread. The choice is yours!

The Delectable Journey of Creamy Indian Butter Chicken

Creamy Indian Butter Chicken is not merely a dish; it’s a journey through the aromatic alleys of Indian cuisine. From its accidental inception in Delhi to its global adoration, this dish continues to evolve and inspire, tantalizing taste buds with its velvety richness and complex flavors. Give it a try in your own kitchen, and embark on your own culinary adventure. You’ll discover why it’s a timeless favorite that transcends borders and cultures. Enjoy!


prep time
ion Time: 30 minutes
cooking time
Time: 40 minutes
total time
me: 1 hour 10 minutes


  • rge mixing bowl

  • Skillet or large frying pan

  • Wooden spoon or spatula

  • Cutting board and knife

  • Whisk

  • Measuring cups and spoons

  • Blender or food processor (optional)


  • 5 pounds (680g) boneless chicken, cubed

  • 1 cup plain yogurt

  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon garam masala

  • Salt, to taste

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped

  • 2

  • 1

  • 1 teaspoon

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder (adjust to taste)

  • 1 cup tomato puree

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 1 teaspoon garam masala

  • Salt, to taste

  • 2

  • Fresh cilantro, for garnish

  • Cooked basmati rice or naan bread, for serving


Combine yogurt, spices, and chicken.
Sauté onions and spices, add tomato.
Cook chicken in the sauce.
Stir in cream, season, and serve.
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