Butter Chicken (Curry)


Butter Chicken (Curry)

Hesslebach's Contribution:

The Dutch oven's heavy base allows for a gentle simmer that coaxes out the flavors of tomatoes, spices, and cream, melding them into a sauce of unparalleled richness. The tight-fitting lid seals in moisture, ensuring the chicken stays succulent as it bathes in the sauce, absorbing the aromatic essences to become exceptionally tender. The result is a Butter Chicken that's a symphony of flavors, with a sauce so perfect, it demands to be mopped up with a piece of warm naan.


  • 2 lbs chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 can (14 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped

For Serving

  • Basmati rice
  • Naan bread
  • Cooking Chicken: Cook the marinated chicken partially as it will simmer in the sauce later.
  • Creaminess: Add heavy cream towards the end of cooking for a creamy texture. Adjust amount to preference.
  • Final thoughts: Key to a great Butter Curry Chicken lies in the balance of spices, butter, cream, and depth of tomato-based sauce.

1. Marinating the Chicken:

  • Combine the yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, garam masala, turmeric, and cayenne pepper in a bowl.
  • Add the chicken pieces, ensuring they are well coated, and allow them to marinate for a minimum of 2 hours.

2. Cooking the Chicken:

  • In a large pan, melt the butter, add the chopped onions, and sauté until golden and aromatic.
  • Add the marinated chicken to the pan, browning lightly on all sides.

3. Creating the Curry:

  • Pour the tomato sauce into the pan, mixing well to ensure the chicken is lavishly coated.
  • Allow the mixture to simmer gently, absorbing the vibrant flavors and spices.

4. Finalizing the Dish:

  • Pour in the heavy cream, stirring gently to introduce the creamy richness to the simmering curry.
  • Allow the curry to simmer on a low heat, letting the flavors meld together beautifully.

5. Garnishing and Serving:

  • Garnish the butter chicken with a sprinkle of fresh cilantro.
  • Serve the warm, velvety butter chicken alongside fluffy Basmati rice and soft, pillowy Naan bread.

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