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Butter chicken which is also knows as Murgh Makhani is boneless pieces of chicken cooked in butter with tomato sauce which is a favorite specialty all over India. Check this out easy, tasty recipe and everyone' s all time favorite dish

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  • 4 Tomatoes
  • 1 lb Chicken Breast
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1/2 tbsp Red Chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Seeds
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Fennel Seeds
  • 2 tbsp thick Yogurt
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 tsp Cumin powder
  • 3 Green Cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp Kasoori methi
  • 3 Black Peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 3 Cloves
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp Kasoori Methi
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Garlic paste
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp Poppy Seeds
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For Chicken:

  • Take chicken breast, cut in thin strips, wash well and pat dry using paper towel or napkin.
  • Take red chilli powder, garam masala, coriander powder, cumin powder, salt, kasoori methi, add some lemon juice, yogurt, in a deep bowl and mix well.
  • Add chicken pieces, mix well with marinade, cover and keep for 1 hour.
  • After one hour transfer marinated chicken in greased baking tray, drizzle some oil over it and bake for 15 to 20 minutes on 400 degree fahrenheit.

For Masala:

  • Heat up oil a tbsp oil, add cumin seeds, whole garam spices, coriander seeds and cook till nice aroma starts to come from spices and they change its color.
  • Add fenel seeds, mix and cook for a minute.
  • Add chopped tomatoes, sprinkle some salt, mix, cover and cook for 5 to 7 mts on medium heat.
  • Soak poppy seeds in hot water for 1 hour.
  • First add soaked poppy seeds in grinder and grind well.
  • Now add tomato masala and grind well to make a very smooth puree.

For Gravy:

  • Heat up 3 tbsp butter, add ground masala paste, red chilli powder and cook till oil starts to separate from spices.
  • Add leftover juice from baked chicken and some extra water to make gravy kind consistency.
  • Add baked chicken pieces, kasoori  methi, cover and cook for 5 mts on medium heat.
  • Garnish with fresh cream!


  • If oven is not available, saute chicken pieces on skillet with enough oil.
  • Substitute poppy seeds by using 3 to 4 cashew nuts.

Butter Chicken

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