Monday, June 20, 2011

Savory Treat Monday–Butter Chicken

Ok, another new idea for me here.  I’m going to try and do a savory post on Monday’s.  There are lots of fantastic savory treats out there!  Today’s post is definitely a savory treat… butter chicken.


If you’ve ever tried Indian cuisine, Makhani Chicken or butter chicken is a staple.  You can also buy the sauce in a jar at the grocery store. However, when we lived in Ottawa, I had the honour of having an amazing Indian woman take care of our children for daycare.  Shally didn’t eat meat at all, but every now and then she would cook chicken for her family.  And once a year she would make me homemade butter chicken for my birthday.  It was an awesome treat that I would look forward too in the month that lead up to my birthday.  Several of my friends have partaken in this treat as well and finally I asked for the recipe and now I’d like to share it with you.  It is so easy but not for the diet conscious, I mean it does have butter in the recipe title.

Recipe: Butter Chicken

The Chicken:

  • 1 package of boneless/skinless chicken thighs cut up into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup yogurt
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  1. Marinate the chicken in yogurt and spice for at least an hour.
  2. Cook in oven at 350 for about 15minutes (partially done)

The Sauce:


  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp chopped ginger (I use a micro plainer and shave it really fine)
  • 1 onion pureed (I leave this out b/c my hubby hates onions)
  • 2 cups pureed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • chili powder to taste
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 cups heavy cream (like I said, not diet conscious worthy)
  • 1 tsp fenugreek leaves (if you can find them)
  1. In a 3 qt pot, melt butter and add onion, garlic and ginger.
  2. Add tomatoes, spices and honey.  Bring to a low boil.
  3. Add cream and simmer for 5 minutes
  4. Add partially cooked chicken and simmer until done (15 minutes)
  5. Serve over rice and enjoy!!!  really enjoy!!!! You’ll have a lot of left over sauce, it freezes really well.

Even my girls love this!  I know they look tired but we just spent a couple hours in the pool.


Thanks for looking!

Linking with:
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Hearth & Soul
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Delectable Tuesday
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Let's Do Brunch
These Chicks Cook
What's on the Menu
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It's a Keeper
Full Plate Thursday
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  1. Butter Chicken??? This sounds too good!

  2. Looks rich and delicious Karen!

    P.S. The girls look sweet, even if tired. Bet they slept really well. I look tired all the time and I don't spend 3 hours in the pool LOL

  3. I have never had Butter Chicken but we absolutely adore the Indian food we have tried. I must prepare this for my family soon. It sounds absolutely delicious!

  4. Yum! LOVE Makhani (butter chicken)! Although my fav is Chicken Saag (spinach chicken)! Thanks for the recipe!!!

  5. I've been looking for a chicken makhani recipe for years! THANK YOU!!!

  6. This is a beautiful Chicken dish that we will really enjoy. It just looks delicious. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and I look forward to seeing you again real soon.
    Have a great week end!
    Miz Helen

  7. What a delicious dish! The sauce sounds fantastic. Thanks for sharing your recipe with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

  8. we like indian food and that sounds so delicious. thanks for sharing your recipe! visiting from tuesday's tasty tidbits. have a great week. :)

  9. This looks like a lovely comforting recipe! Thank you for sharing your Butter Chicken with Let's Do Brunch. Hope to see you there again tomorrow!

  10. Dumb question maybe, but is garam masala a spice? Sorry for the ignorance. The dish sounds wonderful! Thanks for linking up on Recipes I Can't Wait to Try!