Succulent pieces of chicken marinated in a yoghurt base and cooked in an onion-tomato paste with select whole spices and butter. This easy butter chicken recipe is a crowd-pleaser.
How much do you like butter chicken? I am not asking if you like butter chicken. Instead, I am going two steps ahead and asking how much you like it! We all know how popular this mildly spiced curry is across the world.
Now you can also create a restaurant-style butter chicken without spending hours in the kitchen. You don’t have to wait for a weekend. This easy butter chicken is so easy that you can add it to your weekday cooking plans.
I have dialled back the richness quotient so that you don’t have to feel guilty savouring this delicious chicken curry. I have kept cream as an optional ingredient. I found that one can still make a good butter chicken without adding cream.
About this easy butter chicken recipe
This recipe involves four main steps. The first step is to make a marinade with yoghurt, Kashmiri chilli powder, turmeric powder, ginger garlic paste and salt. You should marinate the chicken for at least 15-20 minutes. If you can plan in advance, marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
The second step is to make the paste. Shallow fry onions and tomatoes in butter, and blend into a paste adding chilli powder, coriander powder, soaked cashew nuts, and water.
In the third step, we’ll sear the marinated chicken pieces in butter.
The fourth step is about bringing all these elements together. Whole spices are fried in butter, followed by adding the onion-tomato paste, the flash-fried chicken, and some Kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves). Slow cook it for 10 minutes to get all these elements together, and your butter chicken is ready.
Didn’t I tell you that this is an easy butter chicken recipe?
A word of caution. Don’t forget the Kasuri methi. Don’t overdo the Kasuri methi either. It adds the right balance of subtle bitterness ensuring your butter chicken doesn’t end up becoming monotonously sweet.
You can serve this easy butter chicken immediately, as soon as it is cooked. But you will love it more if you can wait for 3-4 hours. Enjoy with some roti, chapati, or rice.
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