Indian Butter Chicken (Murgh Makhani)

Indian Butter Chicken |

Indian Butter Chicken |

I’ve been craving and eating anything with rice these past few days now, when I’m supposed to be giving it up for lent. I think this is another case of emotional eating for me. I’ve been terribly terribly missing my peanutbutter and I’ve been trying to fill that void with comfort food.

I know, it sounds really horrible, but it just feels so goooooood sometimes….. But I’m promising I’ll be over this phase today — in which I totally am. I just have to share with you this super easy Indian Butter Chicken.

Now, I’m not really a fan of Indian food but I eat them occasionally because I’ve always been amazed that almost all their food contains many spices. You’d think the flavor of these spices would fight to overpower one another in a dish but the flavor just marries into one amazing taste at the end. That’s how I feel about this Butter Chicken. I also feel that this doesn’t really need any introduction at all because it’s most probably one of the best known Indian dishes in the world.

Indian Butter Chicken |

This is usually paired with Naan or Basmati rice but I paired it with the usual rice we cook at home. I also made use of fresh tomatoes because, well, because I have one overripe large tomato left from the Pico de Gallo I like fresh tomatoes.

It is sooo delicious! It kind of just made me miss peanutbutter all the more because currently, I am the only one who has a flair for Indian food at home. I didn’t have anyone to enjoy this Indian Butter Chicken with — and I had to eat this twice — for lunch and for dinner— not that I’m complaining, though. Cause This. Is. So. Good. I don’t make Indian food everyday, this is a refreshing change.

I’m hoping to try out more new recipes in the following months. Recipes as good and comforting as this one! Do you have any Indian recipe I could try?

Indian Butter Chicken |

Oh this makes me wish I have Naan to scoop that amazing tomato gravy with!

Indian Butter Chicken |


Indian Butter Chicken (Murgh Makhani)

  • Author: Peachy Adarne


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup cream
  • 500g Chicken Breast Fillet/ Chicken Thigh Fillet, cut into bite-size pieces
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Lime and Cilantro leaves, for garnish


  1. In a large heat oil and 1 tbsp butter.
  2. Add onion and tomatoes and cook until onions are translucent and tomatoes are wilted.
  3. Add garam masala, ground ginger and chili powder and cook for 3 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Stir in tomato sauce, water, and bay leaf and cook for 3 minutes.
  5. Pour in cream and mix well.
  6. Bring to a boil and add chicken pieces. In this dish, you don’t really need to cook the chicken separately. But you can totally do so it if you prefer.
  7. Simmer for 20 minutes until chicken is cooked through and sauce has thickened into gravy-like consistency. Add some chili if you want it spicy.
  8. Add the remaining butter to sauce and cook until butter is melted.
  9. Garnish with lime and cilantro leaves and serve with steamed rice.

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64 Responses

  1. I love Butter Chicken. I get treated most of the time by my Indian friends here and oh la la. Such a yummy viand! But I don’t like it very spicy.

  2. Emotional eating is universal, I think — I know I do it! Any time I deprive myself of something, it’s all I can think of. Anyway, I love this dish — so much flavor. Your version looks wonderful — thanks.

    1. Hi Joy, You can buy garam masala from Rustan’s grocery 🙂 Hope you like this recipe and I would love to see a photo should yo decide to try this. Thanks for dropping by.

  3. I love this dish, and always order when going to the local Indian restaurant…looks delicious Peachy!
    Hope you are enjoying your week 😀

    1. Hi JP, This is different from the American/Chinese Buttered Chicken. This is a popular Indian dish called Butter Chicken or Murgh Makhani. Thanks for dropping by. You just gave me an idea what to cook tomorrow.

  4. Hi, Peachy. This is Shobee from Easy to Cook Meals blog. I am hosting my first ever Cunning Ladies’ Friday Party in my blog. I would love to see you add this beautiful post there. Love your pictures! I am so nervous –

  5. My mouth is watering Peachy! Look at all that butter and those spices. YUM! I would definitely want some Naan to wipe up the sauce.

  6. This is my favourite Indian dish but its done quite differently here. Its sweeter and creamier, also it is served with basmati rice and freshly baked Naan. Filipinos love them the first time they try it. I have a recipe if you’re interested.

  7. This looks and sounds really delicious. Like you, I’ve always been astounded at all the flavors and spices of Indian cuisine, but I’m usually not confident enough to try to make a dish! This I could do! I think my husband and I would really enjoy it…something different!

  8. I love your blog– you always give me some ideas of something different to make. I sometimes have to modify ingredients, but still unique meals.

  9. This article makes me starving..Lol. But it really looks very delicious gonna cook it whenever i have time.

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I'm a foodie mommy living in the Philippines. I'm a mom to two daughters named PURPLE SKYE and PERIWINKLE MOONE and wife to a loving husband I fondly call peanutbutter♥. I am a foodie by heart, a coffee lover and a froyo and yogurt junkie. Learn more →






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