Butter Chicken - Rob Galloway

Easy Butter Chicken - Murgh Makhani


Butter Chicken is a rich, tasty, mild curry  dish  which originates from the Punjab region of India.  Traditionally butter chicken is cooked in a Tandoor before being cooked in a butter & cream based curry sauce .  You only need to taste this dish once to understand why it is so popular around the world.

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Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients - Butter Sauce

  • 2 Large onions
  • 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of crushed garlic.
  • 1 cup of double cream.
  • 1 tablespoon of  Paprika.
  • 3 tablespoons of Garam Masala.
  • 1 tin of crushed tomatoes.
  • 4 tablespoons of butter.


Ingredients - Marinade

  • 1kg or 2lb of Chicken thigh fillets.
  •  2 tablespoons of crushed garlic,
  • Juice from 1 large lemon.
  • 1 tablespoons of salt.
  • 1 tablespoon of  Paprika.
  • 2 tablespoons of Garam Masala.
  • 1/2  teaspoon of cinnamon



  • Mix all marinade ingredients in a bowl.
  • Cut chicken into 1" or 2cm chunks and add to marinade ensuring it is well covered and set aside.
  • Heat oil over a low to medium heat in a large saucepan and cook chopped onion for  15 - 20 minutes until soft but not too brown.
  • Add garlic and sauce spices and cook for 1 - 2 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add the cream and tomatoes and cook for  2 - 5 minutes.
  • Blend the sauce until smooth using a suitable stick blender.
  • Add the chicken to the sauce and simmer for approximately 10 - 15 minutes until just cooked through.
  • Stir the butter into the sauce  to add gloss and flavor.
  • Season to taste.
  • Serve accompanied by rice.





Rob Galloway







Thanks for visiting, I'm Rob  a passionate home cook and my creative outlet is my kitchen.  Livetocook.com is my way of keeping a track of my culinary learnings and my favourite recipes, please think of it as a personal journal of my cooking mis-adventures . I hope you get as much enjoyment out of your visit as I get from creating it. And please always feel free to get in touch with your feedback or just to say Hi, we look forward to hearing from you.

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