Indian Butter Chicken is ready in under 30 minutes! The Makhani sauce and chicken come together with the most incredible spice and flavor. No one will believe it’s not take-out!
We know, Indian food seems a bit daunting. Perhaps it’s because everyone has their favorite Indian dish or restaurant and ‘absolutely no one makes it like my local place does!’ Hear us out though, because this butter chicken is absolutely the best. We can’t get enough of it!
The secret to an amazing butter chicken is the sauce. Butter Chicken is also known as Murgh Makhani. Makhani sauce is what makes this dish so addicting with its combination of aromatic spices, tomato sauce and cream. You can even find makhani in a few other Indian dishes, dal or paneer makhani; but nothing is quite like traditional chicken makhani (butter chicken). Historically, butter chicken was an accidental concoction, using leftover chicken in a tomato-based sauce, heavy with cream and butter. We’re so fortunate to have discovered this serendipitous dish!
Adding Vegetables: We have had butter chicken (Makhani) sauce with only mixed vegetables, and it was still amazing; we didn’t even miss the chicken! The key is to use fresh or frozen vegetables, and make sure there is variety in the types of vegetables used. We love this dish with peas, green beans, carrots, cauliflower, and green bell pepper. Just omit the marinade and start from Step #4, adding the veggies in with the garlic and spices.
Paneer Makhani: If you’re hoping for a bit more substance than that, you can always use paneer instead! Paneer should be cut into bite-sized cubes and then cooked in butter or ghee until browned on all sides. You can then proceed with the sauce.
What should I serve on the side?
It is commonly asked at an Indian restaurant if you would like naan or rice on the side, but why should you choose? Both, please! Grill some naan and serve up your sauce and a good sized helping of Basmati rice in authentic Karahi serving bowls, and you’ll have guests wondering if you secretly got take-out!
Where can I find Garam Masala? Do I need to go to a specialty store?
You can find garam masala in the regular spice section of most grocery stores. If you can’t find it at your local store, you can make it at home! It’s simply a blend of spices.
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