Delicious Indian butter chicken at home. It is so flavorful and easy to prepare. Add your favorite veggies to make it a complete meal. The entire family loves it. Serve over warm basmati rice along with some naan bread.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Mix garam masala, tandoori masala, curry, cumin, cardamom, cayenne, salt, and black pepper together in a small bowl to make spice mixture.

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  • Place chicken in a large bowl and add 1/2 the spice mixture; turn to coat evenly.

  • Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken; cook and stir until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

  • Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in remainder of the spice mixture, lemon juice, garlic, and ginger; cook and stir until combined, about 1 minute.

  • Stir tomato puree into onion mixture and cook, stirring frequently, about 2 minutes. Pour in half-and-half and yogurt. Reduce heat to low and simmer sauce, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

  • Blend cashews in a blender until finely ground. Add sauce to the blender; puree until smooth.

  • Pour blended sauce over chicken in the skillet. Simmer until thickened, 10 to 15 minutes. Garnish with cilantro.

Cook's Note:

If you have trouble finding tandoori masala, it is a blend of paprika, cumin, coriander, garlic, ginger, and cardamom.

Nutrition Facts

552 calories; 38 g total fat; 142 mg cholesterol; 542 mg sodium. 22 g carbohydrates; 33.2 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2017
This tastes just like what I order in my favorite Indian restaurant. For the most I followed the recipe exactly as written. I made two substitutions because of what I had on hand - nutmeg instead of cardamom and heavy cream instead of half and half and yogurt. I also need a new blender because my old one just wouldn't purée the sauce as well as I would have liked. The flavors were perfect a little on the spicy side and hubby agreed that this was a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2017
This tastes just like what I order in my favorite Indian restaurant. For the most I followed the recipe exactly as written. I made two substitutions because of what I had on hand - nutmeg instead of cardamom and heavy cream instead of half and half and yogurt. I also need a new blender because my old one just wouldn't purée the sauce as well as I would have liked. The flavors were perfect a little on the spicy side and hubby agreed that this was a keeper. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2017
This tastes just like what I order in my favorite Indian restaurant. For the most I followed the recipe exactly as written. I made two substitutions because of what I had on hand - nutmeg instead of cardamom and heavy cream instead of half and half and yogurt. I also need a new blender because my old one just wouldn't purée the sauce as well as I would have liked. The flavors were perfect a little on the spicy side and hubby agreed that this was a keeper. Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2017
This recipe turned out exceptional. I am just getting into Indian cuisine but this is was an outstanding recipe. It turned out creamy and just like you would get from an Indian restaurant I received many compliments on this recipe. Can't wait to make it again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/29/2018
Man I'm angry. I screwed up when I made this as I had doubled the recipe but accidentally quadruped the tomato paste! So taking that into account I believe this to be a pretty good recipe - the tandoori masala definitely transforms the dish into a bright red Indian colour. I will make this again but next time I will add 50% more chicken and possibly use chicken breast instead. I may add a couple of tablespoons of sugar as well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2017
Wonderful recipe for chicken makhani. I substituted seitan for the chicken and the entire family loved it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2018
awesome loved this dish we will make it more often!! thanks Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2018
instead of curry I used cumin since that is all I had at the time. Still came out great. Family loved it Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2018
This was my first time making butter chicken and this was a great recipe for it! Maybe just me but prep time was longer than suggested here. It was quite a labour of love! I don t do dairy so I replaced with coconut cream. It was delicious spicy and everyone had seconds. I served it with saffron rice and garlic naan. I ll make double next time. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/28/2018
Great recipe! My only addition was 2 tsp sugar at the end which I thought brought this closer to versions I have enjoyed most in the past. I added red peppers and a tablespoon of cilantro during the simmer at my wife s request but the recipe would have stood perfectly well without them. Served on cauliflower rice in our case but got thumbs up even from my picky 8 y/o. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2019
Would lower the cardamon otherwise exceptional. Read More