Butter chicken, also called murgh makhani, is an Indian dish that’s simply chicken in a seasoned tomato-based sauce. Here’s the easy, delicious recipe!

March 18, 2024

Butter chicken, also called murgh makhani, is a delicious Indian dish that’s simply chicken in a seasoned tomato-based sauce. You will marvel at the complex, savory flavor, and it’s easier than you may think. This takes about 30 minutes to get on the table, and is worth every minute. This is a great way to introduce your family to the spices and flavors or .

To make this savory butter chicken you will need to gather the following ingredients: Greek yogurt, a lemon for juicing, ground turmeric, garam masala, ground cumin, boneless chicken breasts, butter, onion, jalapenos, a cinnamon stick, garlic, fresh ginger, ground paprika, canned diced tomatoes, heavy cream and fresh cilantro for serving.

Serve this authentic Indian butter family style for with cooked white rice or with fresh naan (here’s at home).

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Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon 
  • 2 teaspoons , divided
  • 1 teaspoon 
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 large onion, peeled and sliced thin
  • 2 jalapeños, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon 
  • 1 can (28 ounces) 
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • freshly chopped cilantro, for garnish

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Recipe Notes

  • You could use boneless chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts.
  • This recipe freezes well. Pack it into freezer bags or freezer containers and freeze for up to three months.

Here’s how to make it: 

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the yogurt, lemon, turmeric, 1 teaspoon of the garam masala and cumin. Add chicken and toss until fully coated. Let marinate for about 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. In a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Working in batches, add chicken and cook until golden all over, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and set aside. 
  3. Reduce heat to medium low and melt 2 additional tablespoons of butter. Add the onions, jalapeños and the cinnamon stick. Cook until onions are translucent, about 5 to 8 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, remaining teaspoon garam masala and paprika. Cook an additional minute to release the essential oils of the spice.
  4. Add the tomatoes and bring mixture to a simmer. Return chicken to pot and toss well to coat. Allow the mixture to simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  5. Finish by slowly stirring in the remaining butter and heavy cream. Garnish with chopped cilantro.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 326

Total Fat: 25.8g

Saturated Fat: 15g

Cholesterol: 98mg

Sodium: 272mg

Total Carbohydrate: 10.3g

Dietary Fiber: 3g

Total Sugars: 4.9g

Protein: 16.4g

Vitamin D: 18mcg

Calcium: 67mg

Iron: 5mg

Potassium: 398mg

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