Would any-one believe that butter chicken can also be an quick cooking dish with no fancy qualms around it ? Believe me I have a preparation that takes less than 45 mins because after a working day one doesn’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. And then we have those days too where one craves for homemade mom style chicken.

Especially if you are one of those living away from parents and surviving on Dabbas and restaurants, trust me cooking is an easy thing.

I have done all those fancy things earlier where I would marinade the chicken for hours before and then wait to cook, but once I started losing patience here is the recipe I started to follow .
This restaurant style butter chicken masala (Murgh makhani) recipe is easy and takes under an hour!
Butter chicken is a popular Indian dish that is known for its rich and creamy tomato-based Sauce. While the exact recipe may vary, the general process of making butter chicken involves marinating chicken pieces in a spiced yogurt mixture, cooking them, and then simmering them in a tomato-based sauce.
Here is following recipe:


Recipe by Priti Gupta


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  • 1.5 pounds (700g) boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts, cut into bite- sized pieces

  • 1 cup plain yogurt

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2 teaspoons ground Cumin

  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (adjust according to your spice preference)

  • 2 tablespoons butter or ghee (clarified butter)

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced, minced

  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger

  • 1 can (14 ounces/400g) crushed tomatoes

  • 1 cup heavy cream or full-fat coconut milk

  • Salt to taste

  • Fresh cilantro (coriander) leaves for garnish


  • In a bowl, combine the yogurt, lemon juice, cumin, coriander, turmeric, and chili powder. Mix well. Add the chicken pieces and coat them with the marinade. Let it marinate for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight in the refrigerator.
  • In a large skillet or pan, melt the butter or ghee over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and sauté until they become soft and translucent.
  • Add the minced garlic and grated ginger to the skillet and cook for an additional minute, stirring continuously.
  • Add the marinated chicken pieces to the skillet and cook until they are browned on all sides.
  • Pour in the crushed tomatoes and season with salt. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.
  • Reduce the heat to low, cover the skillet, and let the chicken simmer in the tomato sauce for about 15-20 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked and tender.
  • Stir in the heavy cream or coconut milk and simmer for an additional 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  • Taste and adjust the seasoning according to your preference.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves before serving.

Butter chicken is typically enjoyed with rice or naan bread. Feel free to adjust the spice levels, creaminess, or other ingredients based on your personal taste.

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