Classic Butter Chicken Recipe

Classic Butter Chicken Recipe

How To Make Classic Butter Chicken

Sink your teeth into this delicious Indian butter chicken! It comes with hearty seasonings and a creamy tomato sauce. Cook this up in just an hour.

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Marinate Time: 30 minutes
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes



  • 2lbschicken thighs
  • 3tbspbutter
  • 1oniondiced
  • 1tbspgingergrated
  • 5garlic clovesminced
  • 1tspcumin
  • 1tspgaram masala
  • 1tspcoriander
  • ½tspchili powder
  • ½tspturmeric
  • 1cinnamon stick
  • ¾tspkosher saltor to taste
  • ¼cupchicken broth
  • 14oztomatoescrushed
  • 1tspsugar
  • 1cupheavy cream

For Marinade:

  • 2tbsplemon juice
  • 2tspgaram masala
  • 1tbspcumin
  • 1cupplain yogurt


  1. In a bowl, add the chicken, lemon juice, garam masala, cumin, and plain yogurt.

  2. Marinate the chicken for 30 minutes or overnight.

  3. Remove the chicken from the marinade, allowing excess to drip off.

  4. Brown the chicken in 1 tablespoon of olive oil for 6 minutes, until browned on both sides. Remove from pan and set aside.

  5. Melt the butter over medium heat, then cook onions until tender.

  6. Add the ginger, garlic, garam masala, cumin, coriander, chili powder, turmeric, cinnamon stick, and salt and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant.

  7. Add the chicken stock, browned chicken, crushed tomatoes, and sugar.

  8. Simmer for 10 minutes or until slightly thickened.

  9. Add the cream, then cook for an additional 5 to 10 minutes. Discard the cinnamon stick.

  10. Top with cilantro, serve over rice, and enjoy!


  • Calories: 442.46kcal
  • Fat: 35.75g
  • Saturated Fat: 15.45g
  • Trans Fat: 0.27g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 12.69g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.67g
  • Carbohydrates: 9.30g
  • Fiber: 1.56g
  • Sugar: 5.05g
  • Protein: 21.70g
  • Cholesterol: 167.54mg
  • Sodium: 315.75mg
  • Calcium: 98.11mg
  • Potassium: 502.25mg
  • Iron: 1.94mg
  • Vitamin A: 217.35µg
  • Vitamin C: 10.82mg
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