Butter Chicken
Butter chicken is one of the most popular dishes in any Indian restaurant, and for a good reason. Flavour filled chicken thights with a creamy, aromatic sauce of tomatoes, cream, and cashews. This dish is best served with butter naan, roti, steamed basmati rice or jeera rice. This comfort dish is simple to make and will easily become a family favorite.

Table of Contents

Step 1
In a large bowl, whisk yogurt, ginger, garlic, garam masala, chili powder, cumin, turmeric, and 2 1/2 teaspoons salt. Stir in chicken and refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 24.
Step 2
In a large high-sided skillet over medium-heat heat, heat oil. Add chicken to pan in an even layer and cook, undisturbed, until golden brown on bottom side, 8 to 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer chicken to a bowl.
Step 1
Without wiping out pan, combine ghee and onions; season with 1 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring often, until golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Add ginger, garlic, garam masala, cumin, and Kashmiri powder and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Pour in tomatoes and granulated sugar and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens and deepens in color, 15 to 20 minutes.
Step 2
Transfer sauce to a blender, add cashews, and blend on high speed until very smooth. Pour sauce back into pan and stir in cream and chicken. Simmer until sauce is thickened and bubbling and chicken is cooked through, 5 to 8 minutes.
Step 3
Divide chicken among plates. Top with cilantro. Serve with rice and naan alongside.

Prep Time:

20 min

Cooking time:

35 min


1/2 c. plain or Greek yogurt
1 (1″) piece ginger, peeled and finely chopped or grated
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
2 tsp. garam masala
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. ground turmeric
Kosher salt
2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1 1/2″ cubes
2 tbsp. neutral oil
2 tbsp. ghee or unsalted butter
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
Kosher salt
1 (1″) piece ginger, peeled and finely chopped or grated
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped or grated
2 tsp. garam masala
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. Indian Kashmiri powder or cayenne pepper
1 (28-oz.) can crushed tomatoes
1 tsp. granulated sugar
1/4 c. unsalted roasted cashews
1/2 c. heavy cream
Chopped cilantro, steamed rice, and naan, for serving

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