Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken Recipe

 Click to enlarge

Butter Chicken Recipe

This butter chicken recipe has all the right ingredients added to make it a well-balanced meal. It is not too spicy and not too weak, a great combination of spices that blends really well to form a delicious butter chicken.

My wife, the chef, had this butter chicken listed as an item on the menu in the restaurant she worked. It was a very popular item and especially loved by foreigners visiting their guest house.

A visit to the restaurant was also the first time I heard of butter chicken. I asked my wife for the recipe and we prepared the butter chicken one evening when we got home. I remember this Indian butter chicken recipe as the perfect winter's day companion. It was clod and wet outside, but we got comfort from the tasty butter chicken.

Yes, some people call it Indian butter chicken. If I could guess, I would say that the difference between butter chicken and Indian butter chicken lies in the spiciness. Indian butter chicken is spicier than the butter chicken we are used to.

What also works well when serving this butter chicken is to serve it with basmati rice. The combination of the basmati rice and the butter chicken makes for the perfect marriage between all the flavours.

We worked hard to bring you this butter chicken recipe and honesty hope that you would enjoy it. Please let us know what you think.

Recipe Info


Serves: 8


Calories: 384
Carbs: 8g
Fat: 29g
Protein: 24g

Cooking Times

20 min
Preparation Time
0 Hours and 20 Minutes
50 min
Cook Time
0 Hours and 50 Minutes
70 min
Total Time
1 Hours and 10 Minutes




  1. Combine the chicken, garlic, spices, and yogurt in a large bowl and cover
  2. Refrigerate 3 hours or overnight
  3. Melt the butter in a large saucepan, cook the chicken mixture for about 10 minutes while stirring. The chicken must brown lightly
  4. Add the vinegar, paste, puree, stock, cardamom, and cinnamon and bring to a boil
  5. Reduce the heat, simmer uncovered about 30 minutes. Stir occasionally until the chicken is cooked through
  6. Add the cream, stir until it is heated through and lastly stir in the coriander
  7. Served with poppadoms on a bowl of white rice

Current Rating


5.00 from 5


Share this Recipe

Tell us what you think

Your Rating

Latest Comments

Andrea Martins
This is the best recipe ever!thank you! 5.00

Elsa Ritter
I applaud you and your team for bringing us this recipe. So happy I clicked and chose this butter chicken recipe. Turns out to be the best one out there. 5.00

Neville Combrinck
Fantastic guys! Well done on a great butter chicken recipe. Tastes delicious and your suggestions worked for me. Loved every bit. 5.00

Lee Andrews
You can taste a lot of love ❤️ going into this butter chicken recipe. Definitely a chef's hand in it. Well done on a great recipe. 5.00

Evan Nichols
Encore! 👏 The best butter chicken recipe I have tried. Well done team for always going the extra mile. Well done! 5.00

You might also like

https://www.thecookingcat.com/recipes/images/4x3/apricot-chicken-recipe.jpg Recipe

Apricot Chicken


Rating: 5.00 out of 6

https://www.thecookingcat.com/recipes/images/4x3/butter-chicken-recipe.jpg Recipe

Butter Chicken


Rating: 5.00 out of 5

https://www.thecookingcat.com/recipes/images/4x3/chicken-a-la-king-recipe.jpg Recipe

Chicken a La King


Rating: 5.00 out of 7

https://www.thecookingcat.com/recipes/images/4x3/chicken-alfredo-recipe.jpg Recipe

Chicken Alfredo


Rating: 4.06 out of 16

https://www.thecookingcat.com/recipes/images/4x3/chicken-biryani-recipe.jpg Recipe

Chicken Biryani


Rating: 5.00 out of 7

https://www.thecookingcat.com/recipes/images/4x3/chicken-casserole-recipe.jpg Recipe

Chicken Casserole


Rating: 5.00 out of 8

https://www.thecookingcat.com/recipes/images/4x3/chicken-curry-recipe.jpg Recipe

Chicken Curry


Rating: 5.00 out of 4

https://www.thecookingcat.com/recipes/images/4x3/chicken-fajita-recipe.jpg Recipe

Chicken Fajita


Rating: 5.00 out of 8

https://www.thecookingcat.com/recipes/images/4x3/chicken-in-red-wine-sauce-recipe.jpg Recipe

Chicken in Red Wine Sauce


Rating: 5.00 out of 4

https://www.thecookingcat.com/recipes/images/4x3/chicken-lasagna-recipe.jpg Recipe

Chicken Lasagna


Rating: 5.00 out of 5

https://www.thecookingcat.com/recipes/images/4x3/chicken-liver-pâté-recipe.jpg Recipe

Chicken Liver Pâté


Rating: 5.00 out of 5

https://www.thecookingcat.com/recipes/images/4x3/chicken-livers-recipe.jpg Recipe

Chicken Livers


Rating: 5.00 out of 6

https://www.thecookingcat.com/recipes/images/4x3/chicken-piccata-recipe.jpg Recipe

Chicken Piccata


Rating: 5.00 out of 5

https://www.thecookingcat.com/recipes/images/4x3/chicken-stew-recipe.jpg Recipe

Chicken Stew


Rating: 5.00 out of 5

https://www.thecookingcat.com/recipes/images/4x3/chicken-supreme-recipe.jpg Recipe

Chicken Supreme


Rating: 5.00 out of 8

https://www.thecookingcat.com/recipes/images/4x3/chicken-tortilla-soup-recipe.jpg Recipe

Chicken Tortilla Soup


Rating: 5.00 out of 6

https://www.thecookingcat.com/recipes/images/4x3/chinese-fried-chicken-recipe.jpg Recipe

Chinese Fried Chicken


Rating: 5.00 out of 5

https://www.thecookingcat.com/recipes/images/4x3/coronation-chicken-recipe.jpg Recipe

Coronation Chicken


Rating: 5.00 out of 7

https://www.thecookingcat.com/recipes/images/4x3/crockpot-chicken-recipe.jpg Recipe

Crockpot Chicken


Rating: 5.00 out of 8

https://www.thecookingcat.com/recipes/images/4x3/healthy-chicken-breast-recipe.jpg Recipe

Healthy Chicken Breast Recipe


Rating: 5.00 out of 6

https://www.thecookingcat.com/recipes/images/4x3/hunters-chicken-recipe.jpg Recipe

Hunters Chicken


Rating: 5.00 out of 5

https://www.thecookingcat.com/recipes/images/4x3/peanut-butter-blossoms-recipe.jpg Recipe

Peanut Butter Blossoms


Rating: 5.00 out of 6

https://www.thecookingcat.com/recipes/images/4x3/sweet-and-sour-chicken-recipe.jpg Recipe

Sweet and Sour Chicken


Rating: 5.00 out of 6

https://www.snowflake.co.za/images/Recipes/recipe-placeholder-portrait.jpg Recipe

Ginger snaps - Recipes - Snowflake


Popularity 1564 %
https://minimalistbaker.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/THE-BEST-AMAZING-Peanut-Butter-Overnight-Oats-Just-5-ingredients-5-minutes-prep-and-SO-delicious-vegan-recipe-glutenfree-meal-breakfast-oats-oatmeal-678x1024-1.jpg Recipe

Peanut Butter Overnight Oats (5 Ingredients!) | Minimalist Baker ...


Popularity 15 %
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-paRexLkfaSQ/X7PU8EkoXAI/AAAAAAAAHqY/jVg7DrWzh50z8Q3dqVc3hv-7wpJRyn2JACLcBGAsYHQ/w1200-h630-p-k-no-nu/durban%2Bchicken%2Bbiryani.jpg Recipe

durban chicken biryani recipe | FOOD LIKE AMMA USED ...


Popularity 128 %
https://s23209.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Easy-Creamed-SpinachIMG_4959-600x315-cropped.jpg Recipe

Easy Creamed Spinach - Damn Delicious


Popularity 128 %
https://www.spendwithpennies.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/SpendWithPennies-Stuffing-Recipe-24.jpg Recipe

Easy Stuffing Recipe - Spend With Pennies


Popularity 119 %
https://www.recipetineats.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Quiche-Crust_4.jpg Recipe

Quiche Crust / Shortcrust pastry for pies | RecipeTin Eats


Popularity 1146 %
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/1NtX2aSW54QY1VZ3X9v3QmlQnPqG1J_qnaOhIzSESEaW-1R4kmly34wu21u4ns12FoLhW9UMH5bZjZMl2ZFa=w1200-h630-pp-rw-v1-e365 Recipe

10 Best South African Chicken Recipes | Yummly


Popularity 100 %
https://cdn.sallysbakingaddiction.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/gingerbread-men.jpg Recipe

My Favorite Gingerbread Cookies - Sally's Baking Addiction


Popularity 91 %
https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/30/2020/08/easy_chocolate_cake-b62f92c.jpg Recipe

Easy chocolate cake recipe | BBC Good Food


Popularity 10 %
https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/30/2020/08/pumpkin_pie_0-3f1929c.jpg Recipe

Pumpkin pie recipe | BBC Good Food


Popularity 82 %
https://img.sndimg.com/food/image/upload/w_555,h_416,c_fit,fl_progressive,q_95/v1/img/recipes/36/19/40/rDE0EQVrTia1yJzZXcKy_963c0022a30a420faa491e24249266f9.jpg Recipe

South African Nestle's Fudge Recipe - Food.com


Popularity 73 %
https://thesaltymarshmallow.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/alfredo-sauce-featured.jpg Recipe

Best Homemade Alfredo Sauce - The Salty Marshmallow


Popularity 8 %
https://images.kglobalservices.com/www.ricekrispies.com/en_us/recipe/kicrecipe-1605/recip_img-7547527_rktreatssharp_r.jpg Recipe

The Original Rice Krispies Treatsâ„¢ Recipe


Popularity 8 %
https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/food/ic/food_16x9_448/recipes/fatrascals_93997_16x9.jpg Recipe

Fat rascals recipe - BBC Food


Popularity 64 %
https://www.eatwell101.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/healthy-chicken-breast-recipes-3-600x400.jpg Recipe

21 Healthy Chicken Breast Recipes for Dinner — Eatwell101


Popularity 6073 %
https://www.littlesweetbaker.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/christmas-crack-1.jpg Recipe

Best Ever Christmas Crack {Just 4 Ingredients!} - Little Sweet Baker


Popularity 55 %
https://netstorage-briefly.akamaized.net/images/e80d846289767c6a.jpg Recipe

How to Cook Chicken Livers: 5 tastiest recipes to enjoy trying out


Popularity 55 %
https://www.eatwell101.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/healthy-chicken-breast-recipes-3-600x400.jpg Recipe

39 Healthy Chicken Breast Recipes for Dinner — Eatwell101


Popularity 5337 %
https://imagesvc.meredithcorp.io/v3/mm/image?q=85&c=sc&poi=face&w=1300&h=650&url=https%3A%2F%2Fimages.media-allrecipes.com%2Fuserphotos%2F2226688.jpg Recipe

Joy's Easy Banana Bread Recipe | Allrecipes


Popularity 519 %
https://www.thesouthafrican.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/1c09fe9f-chicken-a-la-king-f.jpg Recipe

Chicken A La King - Rich, creamy and packed with goodness


Popularity 500 %
https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2021/12/17/USAT/4eeef545-f818-413c-9003-cd730a55e4d2-cream_cheese_publix.jpg?crop=3133,1762,x0,y669&width=3133&height=1762&format=pjpg&auto=webp Recipe

Cream cheese shortage and ham, chicken shortages to impact ...


Popularity 391 %
https://www.tamarindnthyme.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/3-Ingredient-Homemade-Eet-Sum-Mor4.jpg Recipe

3 Ingredient Homemade Eet-Sum-Mor


Popularity 382 %
https://www.eatthis.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2021/01/empty-shelves.jpg?quality=82&strip=all Recipe

15 Worst Grocery Shortages of 2021 — Eat This Not That


Popularity 337 %
https://www.maryswholelife.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Chilean_Sea_Bass_3-scaled.jpg Recipe

Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass with Lemon Caper Butter Mary's ...


Popularity 33 %
https://d37k6lxrz24y4c.cloudfront.net/v2/en-za/e9dc924f238fa6cc29465942875fe8f0/9c4aef56-7fd6-4a8c-9bb9-e2fa8c221e30-500.jpg Recipe

Chicken Stew | Whatsfordinner


Popularity 282 %
https://imagesvc.meredithcorp.io/v3/mm/image?q=85&c=sc&poi=face&w=3080&h=1540&url=https%3A%2F%2Fimages.media-allrecipes.com%2Fuserphotos%2F729337.jpg Recipe

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe | Allrecipes


Popularity 28 %
https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/30/2020/08/sizzled-sprouts-9a47762.jpg Recipe

Brussels sprouts recipes | BBC Good Food


Popularity 26 %
https://thestayathomechef.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Chicken-ala-King-THUMBNAIL-1.jpg Recipe

Classic Chicken a la King - thestayathomechef.com


Popularity 237 %
https://images.immediate.co.uk/production/volatile/sites/30/2020/08/gingerbread_man-97cba8c.jpg Recipe

Gingerbread men recipe | BBC Good Food


Popularity 22 %
https://organicallyaddison.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/pan_seared_chilean_sea_bass_4-e1631622835327.jpeg Recipe

Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass Recipe - Organically Addison


Popularity 20 %
https://www.glitterandgraze.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/FB-3.jpg Recipe

Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass - Glitter and Graze


Popularity 20 %
https://thecookingcat.com/images/thecookingcat-search-blank.jpg Recipe

Easy Steamed Pudding recipe - All recipes UK


Popularity 182 %


The Cooking Cat is a home cooking project launched by husband and wife Chef Couples Iwan and Marna Ross. It initially started off as an experimental cooking project and quickly grew into a community-based cooking project. All recipes featured on the Cooking Cat website are the results of food trend analytics collected by Iwan Ross, an oasis for food bloggers. SCP provides food bloggers with recipe page templates, a recipe database, food blog topic suggestions, and much more. We thank them for their continued support and the success we celebrate as The Cooking Cat. They are also responsible for the success story behind The Smoking Chimney.