Creamy Delicious Homestyle Butter Chicken

A beautiful creamy sauce with mild spices & flavourful juicy chicken, a really good soul food.

Lip-Smacking Delicious Butter Chicken, a very famous dish in India. Loved by everyone specially kids. I am sharing with you home-style simple butter chicken recipe, it is a favourite rich dish we enjoy once in a while in my family.

Chicken is marinated in spices, lime juice & salt, it is then shallow fried/oven roasted & then set aside. Aromatic Spices, garlic, ginger, onions, tomatoes, cashews (for creamy texture), is sautéed in butter & then ground to paste. Then the ground paste is again sautéed in butter, then chicken is added & cooked. Finally once done we add fresh cream & it is ready to serve.

Please do give it a try. It goes great with Nan, Roti, Phulka, Puri etc.

You can also watch my video on YouTube


For the Marinate:

  • 750gms – Chicken (I used chicken thighs)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 Tsp – Homemade Sambhar/Curry Powder (Instead you can add ½ Tsp-Dry Red Chilli powder, ½ Tsp-Coriander/Dhania Seeds powder, ¼ Tsp-Cumin/Jeera powder, ¼ Tsp-Pepper powder, ¼ Tsp – Saunf/Fennel seeds powder)
  • 1 Tsp – Salt
  • Few Tbsp oil – Shallow fry the Chicken or you can oven roast it too.

For the Curry:

  • 2 Tsp – Butter
  • 5 Tsp – Oil
  • 2 – Cardamom Pods/Elaichi
  • 2 Inch – Cinnamon Stick/Dalchini
  • 1 – Small Bay Leaf/Teg Patta
  • 2 Tbsp – Garlic
  • 2 Tbsp – Ginger
  • 2 – Medium Onions
  • 4 – Medium Tomatoes
  • 1 ½ Tsp – Salt (as per taste)
  • ¼ Tsp – Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Tsp – Homemade Sambhar/Curry Powder
  • ½ Tsp – Sugar (sugar is added to cut the sharp sourness from tomatoes)
  • 6 – Cashews (cashews are added for creamy texture)
  • 1 – Green Chilli (optional you can skip if you wish)
  • ¼ Cup & 3-4 Tbsp – Fresh Cream
  • 1 Cup – Water (to thin the curry)


Marinate & Shallow Fry/Roast Chicken:

  • Place chicken in a wide bowl add lime juice, homemade sambhar/curry powder, salt mix well & place in refrigerator for atleast ½ hour.
  • Heat a heavy bottom pan, add few tbsp oil & shallow fry chicken.
  • I cooked the chicken on each side for 7-8 minutes & placed it on a plate & set it aside (chicken we cooked was almost done, you can half cook it & let it cook more in the gravy too).
  • After I cooked the chicken in a fry pan, I deglazed with fresh cream & whisked to scrap out all the delicious flavour left after frying (please keep heat on low).
  • Add few Tbsp water & whisk until all the leftover flavours have mixed well.
  • We transfer this delicious gravy into a cup & set it aside (this method is optional you can skip it if you wish).

Butter Chicken Gravy:

  • Heat a wok/Kadai/sauce pan add butter, oil, cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaves & sauté (please keep heat on low).
  • Then add garlic, ginger & sauté.
  • Add chopped onions, add salt & sauté (please turn heat to medium).
  • Once the onions turn soft & translucent add chopped tomatoes & sauté.
  • We cook tomatoes until they are soft (more tomatoes are added as they give creamy texture & colour).
  • Once tomatoes turn soft add turmeric powder, homemade sambhar/curry powder, sugar & sauté.
  • Turn off heat & transfer it into a blender/mixy jar, let it cool.
  • Heat the wok/kadai add tsp oil & fry cashews for a minute & transfer into the blender & mixy jar.
  • We add green chilli for heat (you can add it while we sauté garlic/ginger or you can skip it too).
  • We grind it paste.
  • Heat the same wok/kadai/sauce pan add butter oil & gently pour the ground paste (please keep heat on low).
  • Stir & add 1 cup water into the blender/mixy jar, mix & pour (Please keep heat on medium).
  • As the curry starts to bubble add the chicken pieces we cooked earlier.
  • Gently mix the curry.
  • We cover with lid & let it come to boil.
  • After few minutes open lid & once it boils well, we check if chicken is cooked.
  • Add the deglazed gravy we set aside earlier (this is optional, skip if you wish).
  • Add salt & mix well.
  • We let it come to boil once more & then turn off heat.
  • Now we add fresh cream & mix slightly (we do not mix much if we want the marble effect)
  • Just before we serve we heat it & then add fresh cream mix slightly & Serve.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. veejay47 says:

    Gonna try this my family love butter chicken 😊

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Aarna says:

      That’s great… plz do try & let me know… 😀😀


    1. Aarna says:

      Thank You so much.. 🙂 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. My daughter loves buttet chicken. I used to used tp buy it for her. She scoffed snd makes it herself and well too.

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    1. Aarna says:

      Hi… oh wow..that’s really nice.. then she is a true fan of butter chicken… 😀😀👍👍

      Liked by 1 person

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