Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (2024)

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Butter chicken is a hugely popular Indian curry that results in a rich and creamy gravy that is almost buttery, and lots of warming spices. It is incredibly easy to make!

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Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani)

If you've ever dined at an Indian restaurant, you've most likely tried Indian Butter Chicken. It's massively popular, one of the most well known Indian recipes in the U.S.

It is rich and filling, comfort food at its finest, and you can easily make it from the comfort of your own kitchen. One of the best things about it is you can cook it up with ingredients easily found at your local grocery store.

Just don't let the aromas drive you mad with desire as they fill the house.

And, even though it is a curry, it isn't spicy hot, even though it does include a lot of piquant spices. If you love curry but you don't love the heat, butter chicken is the dish for you.

Don't worry, though, my spicy food loving friends. You'll love it, too. Butter chicken is filled with big, bold flavors. And, you can adjust with heat to your tongue's desires.

What is Butter Chicken?

Butter Chicken is a curry made with tender, juicy chicken that marinates in yogurt and lots of aromatic spices. It is then cooked along with aromatics and extra spices along with a tomato-based curry sauce.

The curry sauce is often strained (though you can skip this step), making it smooth and velvety, then finished off with a bit of heavy cream to bring you a wonderful creamy chicken curry dish.

I don't think you can get any better than a good butter chicken. It is Indian food at its most wonderful.

Butter chicken is the common name, but it is called "Murgh Makhani" in India. It is rather similar to another well known Indian dish, Chicken Tikka Masala.

Let's talk about how to make butter chicken, shall we?

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Butter Chicken (Murgh Makhani) Ingredients

The full list of ingredients with measurements are listed in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • FOR THE BUTTER CHICKEN MARINADE
  • Boneless Chicken Thighs. You can also use chicken breast, or a combination.
  • Garlic.
  • Ginger.
  • Spices. Garam masala, red chili powder (Kashmiri chili powder preferred, or paprika), turmeric, cumin, salt and black pepper.
  • Yogurt. Use plain yogurt, not flavored.
  • Lemon Juice.
  • FOR THE BUTTER CHICKEN
  • Vegetable Oil. Or use butter or ghee.
  • Onion.
  • Red Pepper. Spicy or mild, to your preference.
  • Garlic.
  • Ginger.
  • Spices. Garam masala, cumin, red chili powder, salt and pepper, red pepper flakes. Also, use honey for a touch of sweet, if desired.
  • Tomatoes. Use tomato sauce for a smoother butter sauce, or use diced. You can always process if desired.
  • Heavy Cream. Or use ½ cup milk and ½ cup cream for a lighter version
  • FOR SERVING. Fresh chopped herbs, extra red pepper flakes, cooked rice, warmed naan.

How to Make Butter Chicken - (aka Murgh Makhani) - the Recipe Method

The Chicken. First, chop your chicken into bite sized pieces. You can use either boneless, skinless chicken thighs or chicken breast for this recipe.

The Marinade. Next, prepare your marinade. Mix all of the marinade ingredients together in a large bowl.

Marinate. Add the chopped chicken to the bowl. Mix it all together to completely coat the chicken.

Develop the Flavor. Cover the chicken and set it in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 30 minutes. You can marinate overnight for greater flavor penetration.

Ready to Cook. When you're ready to cook, heat a large pan to medium heat and add the olive oil.

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Chicken. Add the chicken and cook for 5 minutes, stirring, until the chicken is browned.

Remove the chicken and set it aside.

Vegetables. Add some butter to the same pan and let it melt. Add in 1 chopped onion and 1 chopped red pepper. Cook them 5 minutes to soften.

Garlic. Add 3 cloves minced garlic and 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger and cook 1 minute, until they become fragrant.

Seasonings. Add garam masala, cumin, red chili powder, salt and pepper, and red chili flakes (if using). Stir and cook for 1 minute.

Tomatoes. Stir in 14 ounces tomato sauce and honey. You can use fresh or canned tomatoes, and later make a tomato puree. Using tomato sauce will give you a much smoother butter chicken sauce.

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Bring the mixture to a quick boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes to break everything down.

OPTIONAL - Blend the Sauce. When the murgh makhani sauce is ready, transfer it to a blender or food processor and process until smooth. You can thin it out with a bit of water if you’d like.

Strain. Strain the sauce back into the pan. The point is to make the sauce very smooth and heat through.

Cream. Stir in 1 cup of heavy cream (or use milk for a lighter version).

Chicken. Add the chicken back to the pan.

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Simmer. Heat and simmer for 10 minutes to 20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce thickens up a bit.

Serve. Serve with cooked white rice. Basmati rice is great here. I love it with rice and naan.

Garnish with fresh chopped herbs (parsley or cilantro), and spicy red chili flakes, if desired. Swirl on a bit of extra cream.

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BOOM! DONE!It really is such a hugely flavorful dish. We've both been exploring all sorts of different spicy curry recipes, both cooking and eating, and I think you'll love butter chicken, if you don't already!

It's quite fun, actually, to make at home. I hope you have as much fun as I do.

Recipe Tips for Making Butter Chicken Awesome

  • Chili Powers. Kashmiri Red chili is traditional for the red chili powder, though you can use paprika, which is more easily found.
  • Common Butter Chicken Spices. Coriander and cardamom are often used, as well as fenugreek, though I don't include them in my recipe. Garam masala is a must, as is turmeric, along with fresh garlic and ginger.
  • The Heat Factor. I include spicy chili flakes in my recipe, but that is optional. Only if you're looking to add a bit of a kick to the final dish. If you'd like a spicier version overall, incorporate hotter chili peppers when cooking them down with the onion. Jalapenos or serrano peppers are great for this. Try it with a habanero pepper for some real heat. You can also use spicier chili powders, like cayenne.
  • Cashews are Wonderful. Ground cashews or cashew paste can be used as a thickener, as well as a flavor builder, which is a big component of Indian Chicken Korma.
  • Go Crazy with Spices. As a spicy food lover, you can easily adjust the ratios of seasonings used. Feel free to include more if you'd like.
  • Add Veggies. Of course chicken is the primary with butter chicken, but you can easily round out the meal with the addition of chickpeas, sugar snap peas, cauliflower or any other of your favorite vegetables. You can also make it with other proteins as well.

Butter Chicken Sauce Tips

Butter chicken sauce is made from tomato, onion, peppers and lots of seasonings, including fresh ginger and garlic. The sauce is cooked down in the pan, then processed with a food processor or blender until very smooth. From there, heavy cream is added to bring it to its butter-like consistency.

Key here is processing the sauce, then straining out the solids. You can skip this step if you'd like but you won't achieve that silky smooth quality that butter chicken is known for.

Canned tomatoes are completely acceptable with butter chicken. Heavy cream is a common component, but if you're looking to make a lighter version, use either milk, yogurt, or sour cream instead of heavy cream.

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Why is Butter Chicken Called "Butter Chicken"?

The name derives from the fact that butter is used in the curry sauce. Butter is not normally used in curry, which changes the flavor. Also note that the chicken pieces are prepared in a butter (makhani) gravy that includes butter and cream. This gives the recipe its smooth, silky texture.

The name "Murgh Makhani" translates to "chicken with butter".

There is some butter in this recipe, but butter isn't actually needed to make butter chicken. You can easily replace it with olive oil if you'd like, and you won't lose any flavor or texture.

Leftovers and Storage

Creole tomato and shrimp stew will last up to 5 days in the refrigerator in a sealed container. You can easily warm it in a pot on the stove top to enjoy the leftovers.

You can also freeze it for 2-3 months.

That's it, my friends! I hope you enjoy this amazing butter chicken. It is incredibly delicious. Drop me a line if you have any questions.

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If you'd like to learn how to make this recipe in a slow cooker, I make a spicy version with serrano peppers in my cookbook, "The Spicy Food Lovers' Cookbook". You can purchase the book from major online retailers.

Recommended Cookbook

If you enjoy Indian cooking, I recommend the following cookbook, which is teaching me a lot and has many wonderful recipes. It helped me adapt this recipe.

TRY SOME OF MY OTHER POPULAR CURRY DISHES

  • Chicken Tikka Masala
  • Chicken Korma
  • Spicy Beef Vindaloo
  • Spicy Thai Curry Chicken Soup
  • Coconut Chicken Curry
  • Khao Soi – Northern Thai Coconut Curry Soup
  • Sweet and Spicy Cashew Chicken
  • Easy Chickpea Curry
  • Chicken Satay
  • Chilli Pickle
  • Aloo Gobi (Indian Spiced Potato and Cauliflower)
  • Pav Bhaji (Spicy Vegetable Curry)
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If you try this recipe, please let us know! Leave a comment, rate it and tag a photo #ChiliPepperMadness on Instagram so we can take a look. I always love to see all of your spicy inspirations. Thanks! -- Mike H.

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Butter Chicken Recipe (aka Murgh Makhani)

This butter chicken recipe is an Indian curry made with a rich and creamy curry sauce that's smooth as butter with the perfect blend of warming spices.

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Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American, Indian

Keyword: chicken, curry, recipe, spicy

Prep Time: 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes minutes

Marinating Time: 30 minutes minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes minutes

Calories: 558kcal

Author: Mike Hultquist

Servings: 6

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4.94 from 46 votes

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Ingredients

FOR THE CHICKEN MARINADE

  • 2 pounds boneless chicken thighs chopped into bite sized pieces (chicken breast is good, too)
  • 2 tablespoons grated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder Kashmeri chili powder is traditional, but paprika is good
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

FOR THE BUTTER CHICKEN

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (or use butter or ghee)
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 red pepper chopped (I used a long red cayenne, but use your favorite)
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon spicy red chili flakes optional
  • 14 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup heavy cream or use ½ cup milk and ½ cup cream for a lighter version

FOR SERVING: Fresh chopped herbs, extra hot pepper flakes, cooked rice, warmed naan

    Instructions

    FOR THE CHICKEN MARINADE

    • Add the chopped chicken to a medium bowl. Add the garlic, ginger, garam masala, chili powder, turmeric, cumin, salt and pepper yogurt and lemon juice.

    • Stir to cover the chicken. Cover and set in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 30 minutes. You can marinate overnight for greater flavor penetration.

    FOR THE BUTTER CHICKEN

    • Heat a large pan to medium high heat and add the olive oil. Add the chicken and cook for 5 minutes, stirring, until the chicken is browned. Remove the chicken and set it aside.

    • Melt the butter in the same pan. Add the onion and peppers and cook them 5 minutes to soften.

    • Add the garlic and ginger and cook 1 minute, until they become fragrant.

    • Add the garam masala, cumin, red chili powder, salt and pepper, and red chili flakes (if using). Stir and cook for 1 minute.

    • Stir in the tomato sauce and honey. Bring to a quick boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes to break everything down.

    • Stir in the cream and add the chicken back to the pan. Heat and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce thickens up a bit.

    • Serve with cooked white rice. Garnish with fresh chopped herbs (parsley or cilantro), and spicy red chili flakes, if desired. Swirl on a bit of extra cream.

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    Notes

    Calories are estimated without rice or naan.

    For Extra Smooth Butter Chicken Sauce: Before adding the chicken to simmer, transfer the sauce to a blender or food processor and process until smooth. You can thin it out with a bit of water if you’d like. Strain the sauce back into the pan. Then add the chicken.

    Nutrition Information

    Calories: 558kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 27gFat: 45gSaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 215mgSodium: 217mgPotassium: 634mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 2130IUVitamin C: 35.3mgCalcium: 102mgIron: 2.6mg

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    Did You Enjoy This Recipe?I love hearing how you like it and how you made it your own. Leave a comment below and tag @ChiliPepperMadness on social media.

    Mike Hultquist is the author of "The Spicy Food Lovers' Cookbook" and "The Spicy Dehydrator Cookbook".

    NOTE: This recipe was updated on 9/6/23 to include new information and photos. It was originally published on 4/12/19.

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    1. Pat Williams says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (12)
      Just lovely. Not difficult and delicious.

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      • Mike Hultquist says

        Thanks, Pat!

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    2. Gloria says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (13)
      Made this butter chicken tonight and I swear it was better than the take out my husband loves. Well, not any more! Now he loves this one better. So delicious. Thanks, Mike. Oh, and so easy to make!

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      • Mike H. says

        Haha, thank you, Gloria - glad you guys enjoyed it!

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    3. Barbie says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (14)
      Hi Mike. I have looked at this recipe numerous times but finally made the dive and prepared this tonight! Made pretty much just as directed with all the freshly grated ginger etc. I did add cauliflower flowerets as recommended by other reviewers. Oh My! This is exquisite! Love the flavors and spice. I've had Murgh Makhani at Indian restaurants not as good as this. Some restaurants have a very red version like it has food coloring or something. Gives me weird vibes!
      This is soooo delicious. Family loved as well. This is a keeper! Thanks Chili Pepper Madness!

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      • Mike Hultquist says

        Yes! Success! SO glad to hear this, Barbie. Serious, I love it. Very glad you enjoyed it, and may you enjoy it again and again. Thanks!

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    4. Shanda Gann says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (15)
      This was amazing, the flavor profile was spot on!! I had to substitute cumin and allspice for the garam masala, still turned out as delicious as it tastes in the restaurant! Made some sourdough naan for the perfect combination!!! Thank you for this delicious recipe!

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    5. A. Reynolds says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (16)
      By far the best Butter Chicken recipe I have found. We do not feel like we need this for take out anymore! All 6 of my family members loved it!

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      • Mike H. says

        Thank you so much - very inspirational! =)

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    6. Mary wall says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (17)
      It’s really good but…Question If I don’t have tomato sauce can I use pasta sauce since it’s basically tomato sauce?

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      • Mike H. says

        Thank you, Mary. Diced tomatoes are great, too. But you can definitely use pasta sauce if that is all that you have on hand. Let me know how it goes!

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    7. Nehemiah Surratt says

      This recipe sounds delicious. I am planning on using this recipe at home. I have one question though. Does it matter if the cumin used in the recipe is ground cumin or regular cumin seeds? I just wanted to make sure before I make this dish.

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      • Mike Hultquist says

        Nehemia, use ground cumin for this. You can use seeds, but if you do, grind them first. I hope you enjoy it!

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        • Nehemiah Surratt says

          Thanks for the tip!

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    8. Bob Simpson says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (18)
      Butter Chicken has been a favorite of my family for years. I seldom cook the same recipe in search of the perfect result. This recipe hits the spot! Great flavor and simple to make.

      Notes: I used real ground Indian red pepper, red bell pepper, and omitted the pepper flakes. The result had plenty of heat. Indian ground red pepper is hot.. Had I just had ground cayenne I would have used a hotter pepper. Next time I will also purée the sauce.

      Again, great recipe and thank you! Looking forward to your take on Chicken Saag! (Chicken Saagwala)

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      • Mike Hultquist says

        Excellent! Glad you enjoyed it, Bob! Thanks for sharing.

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    9. Steph says

      Yum! I make something similar with coconut milk and more Garam masala. Try adding a little crushed Fenugreek leaves at the end… it’s a game changer 🙂

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      • Mike Hultquist says

        I love it! Thanks, Steph!

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    10. Bill says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (19)
      A question: in the marinade section you specify “grated garlic”, while in the second section for the chicken, you specify “minced garlic”. Is there is difference?

      Thanks for all you do—butter chicken is on our menu on.
      Sunday!

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      • Mike H. says

        Yes, there is. Primarily in terms of texture and how they are prepared. Grated garlic resembles more of a paste, while minced garlic consists of finely chopped pieces. In other words, minced garlic has a coarser texture.

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    11. Vickie says

      Great recipe! It's definitely going into rotation. It's super easy to adjust to your preferred spice level.

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      • Mike Hultquist says

        Thanks, Vickie! Glad you enjoyed it!

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    12. Kely says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (20)
      Winner! Winner Butter Chicken Dinner!. I have cooked many Butter Chicken recipes, but this is one I will go back to without a doubt. Blending the sauce was an ace of a move and a definite game changer!
      Thanks again Mike!
      Kelly

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      • Mike Hultquist says

        Yes!! Thanks, Kely! Glad you like my recipe!

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    13. Mary says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (21)
      AMAZING!!!! Try this dish, you won't be sorry!!!!

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      • Mike Hultquist says

        Thanks, Mary! Glad you enjoyed it!

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    14. Melissah says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (22)
      This was amazing! Will blend all the cooked down ingredients next time for a smoother sauce, but my family LOVED this.

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      • Mike Hultquist says

        Excellent! Glad you enjoyed it, Melissa! I usually blend it when I'm using chunky tomatoes.

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    15. Erin Lovewell says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (23)
      My whole family loved this! I did add some extra veggies, and my family is now asking for this weekly. So good!

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      • Mike Hultquist says

        Glad you enjoyed it!

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    16. Alyssa says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (24)
      Phenomenal!!!!!!!! Absolutely amazingly delicious! This will definitely be a repeat in my house. I didn’t have garam masala so I used tikka masala and it was still wonderful. But I’ll be going out to get garam masala for the next time. Thank you for this recipe!

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      • Mike Hultquist says

        Nice! Glad you enjoyed it, Alyssa!

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    17. Kim says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (25)
      Butter Chicken is my favorite and I still can’t believe I was able to recreate it & my husband says it taste better than a restaurant. It was easy, flavorful and soooo good!

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      • Mike Hultquist says

        Very nice! Glad you enjoyed it, Kim!

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    18. Jenny says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (26)
      I was worried about it being authentic but it turned out great! Used ghee for cooking chicken, added half a stick of butter for onions, and added cashews with canned tomatoes. It tasted even better the second day so I will try marinating for longer than 30min next time since this time I was in a rush.

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      • Mike Hultquist says

        I'm glad you enjoyed it, Jenny! Thanks for sharing!

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    19. Marie says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (27)
      Thank you for a delicious and easy recipe...my family loved it, and our kitchen smelled amazing while I was cooking! Looking forward to
      trying more of your spicy recipes...this one was an absolute winner:)

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      • Mike Hultquist says

        Thanks, Marie!

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    20. Debra says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (28)
      Absolutely delicious!! I have made this several times. Thank you so much for this recipe, it does not disappoint. YUMMY!!

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      • Mike Hultquist says

        Glad you enjoyed it, Debra!

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      • Mike Hultquist says

        Yes!! Glad you enjoyed it, Kathy!

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    21. Mike Schroeder says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (30)
      My family loves this recipe, but I have tweaked it a little each time. I used 1tsp of salt in the marinade and 1tsp in the sauce (probably could cut back to ½ tsp), minced ginger in a jar (because I was being lazy), wife’s canned tomatoes. I used maybe a half tsp of chipotle chili powder and the rest smoked paprika as was suggested above).
      While perhaps not as authentic, I blended the sauce, but didn’t strain it. Also I added about 1/3 cup of cashew powder (cashews in the bullet). I got that idea from another recipe to use as a thickener. Thanks for the recipe Mike!

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      • Mike Hultquist says

        Glad you enjoyed it that much, Mike.

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    22. Stephen J Gouldby says

      Thank you! It was a delicious meal. The whole family enjoyed it. Even the 6 yo approved!

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      • Mike Hultquist says

        Thanks, Stephen! I appreciate it!

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    23. Charyl St John says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (31)
      Found the acidity from the tomatoe sauce a bit much, may add a pinch of sugar next time. Otherwise amazing, while family loved it.

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      • Mike Hultquist says

        Glad you enjoyed it, Charyl!

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    24. Jaks says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (32)
      Delicious! I didn’t use the pepper but did as the chili flakes. This was sooooo good. Def sending to my friends. I’m gonna be craving this.

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      • Mike Hultquist says

        Glad you enjoyed it, Jaks! Thanks!

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    25. Tory says

      Can I make this a day ahead of serving and reheat?

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      • Mike Hultquist says

        Absolutely, Tory. Keep in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 5 days. Gently reheat in a pan and serve. Enjoy!

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    26. Ven says

      I made this today and it was delicious. The recipe was easy to follow. I modify the spice level by doing a 1/4 teaspoon. I added naan and it all came together. I will definitely make again. Thank you.

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      • Mike Hultquist says

        Thank you, Ven. Very happy you enjoyed it. =)

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    27. Bonnie M says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (33)
      This chicken was amazing. Everyone loved and went back for seconds. I feel like the amount of ginger in the marinade was a bit too strong, so I ended up adding more yogurt to the marinade to reduce the ginger taste a bit. Then, I did not add any more ginger to the chicken when I cooked. It was perfect

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      • Mike Hultquist says

        Glad you enjoyed it, Bonnie. Definitely make a note for the ginger next time. I hope you make it again and again!

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    28. Paula says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (34)
      We loved this recipe (and many of your others)! We used ghee instead of butter or oil and increased the spices slightly. Otherwise, no alterations. It was delicious! We used 2 red jalapeños with most of the seeds removed and red bell for our peppers. We were craving something warm and hearty in this cold weather and this hit the mark!

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      • Mike Hultquist says

        Thanks, Paula! I appreciate it. Glad you enjoyed it. Hopefully you can make it for years to come.

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    29. DrJr says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (35)
      Use ghee instead of butter or you can use a combination.

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    30. Pip says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (36)
      I made this recipe tonight for our supper and it was delicious very creamy sauce and spiciness to the dish but just the right amount as my husband doesnt like too much heat thank you I will be making this again

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      • Mike Hultquist says

        Glad you enjoyed it!

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    31. Ali says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (37)
      I forgot to purée my sauce XD
      Still was very tasty, thank you for the recipe!

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      • Mike Hultquist says

        All good, Ali! That's really for texture. Still get all the flavors!

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    32. Janey says

      Excellent recipe.
      Definitely a recipe to keep, though I did slightly alter it.
      Added a teaspoon of crushed dried fenugreek leaves to the marinade.
      Slowly fried the onions/pepper in oil & butter for a ‘long time’ to release their natural sugars, added some salt and a little sugar at this stage.
      Skewered the chicken and air fried it to give it a slight ‘charcoaled’ affect then added it to the cooked puréed sauce.
      I also used single cream instead of double cream.
      A little bit of quality ghee at the end adds a bit more richness.
      For a good heat kick use the recommended tablespoon of chilli flakes, for a subtle child friendly version just a teaspoon if the chilli flakes.

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      • Mike Hultquist says

        Sounds wonderful to me, Janey!

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    33. Stephanie says

      So the cream is heavy whipping cream or half and half?

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      • Mike H. says

        The recipe calls for 1 cup heavy cream but you can use ½ cup milk and ½ cup cream for a lighter version. Enjoy!

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    34. pj says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (38)
      Murgh Makhani is one of my favorite Indian dishes. I've got many recipes and no two are alike. Most use coconut milk instead of cream. I'm for sure going to try your version. It looks amazing. Thank you for all your recipes! I haven't had a 'fail' yet 🙂

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      • Mike Hultquist says

        Thanks, PJ! Enjoy!

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    35. JJ says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (39)
      Wonderful dish. Added potatoes(Pat boiled them first). Added about a tablespoon of sugar at the end to balance the dish. A little chicken broth to compensate for reduction of sauce

      Very tasty!

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      • Mike Hultquist says

        Sounds delicious, JJ! Thanks for sharing!

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    36. JJ says

      Needed to add some sugar to balance the flavors

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      • Mike Hultquist says

        Adjust as needed, JJ. You're the one eating it. =)

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    37. JJ says

      I wonder if potatoes could be added here

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      • Mike Hultquist says

        Absolutely. Go for it!

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    38. Kelly says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (40)
      Dear Sir, Thank you so much for this recipe, it was delicious! I used a dairy-free yogurt for the marinade and a dairy-free coconut/almond milk for the cream (although ghee needed to stay ;-)) & added a couple cups of cauliflower florets so it lasted 1-2 more meals. Like one of the other commentors, did *not* put the sauce in a blender & it did not take anything away! Finally, I had fresh basil to use up, so topped the finished dish with that, combined with a little cilantro. Spicy & yummy! Thank you again (btw, your chicken vindaloo is one of my faves!)

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      • Mike Hultquist says

        Glad you enjoyed it, Kelly! Yay! I appreciate your sharing!

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    39. Gail Needham says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (41)
      Ha, I didn't realize I commented on this a year ago, lol! We still love it!

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      • Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness says

        Haha, oops! I do greatly appreciate it! =)

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    40. Gail Needham says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (42)
      This has become one of our favorite dishes. We make it just a little different. I don't puree the sauce. We like the little morsels of onion, etc in the sauce, so I just sauté, then add the chicken, seasonings as you mention and tomato/pasta sauce, whatever I have, then after all has simmered I either use cauliflower rice that has been toasted a bit in another pan, or just add it to the pan and let it simmer for a while instead of using rice or noodles, this makes it a lower carb recipe. So I went against the tradition of the recipe in making our sauce kind of chunky, and adding the cauliflower rice, but we love it and learned a new dish with your help! I saw several recipes and this one is the one I go to to remember any seasonings I might have forgotten. Sometimes I add paprika too, but I like the seasonings suggestions you make. I will probably make this tonight again, we just love it.

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      • Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness says

        Perfect, Gail! I love how you've made it your own! Glad you love it and I appreciate the comments. Cheers!

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    41. Hannah says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (43)
      Excellent recipe!
      After my sister Kylie (she commented above) recommended this recipe, I followed the recipe as is, and it was delicious. Probably a level 1-2 spice level, but I prefer a 4, so after we ate the first servings, I added some extra hot chili pepper and more homemade crushed red pepper. I CANNOT wait for the leftovers tomorrow!
      Two suggestions, the amount of butter is not specified in the recipe as far as I can see, and the video looks like maybe it was 1 tbsp, so that’s what I tried. I also was not sure if I should use the juice from my can of diced tomatoes, so I did not but had to add water to the mix so it wouldn’t burn while simmering.

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      • Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness says

        Thanks, Hannah! Glad you enjoyed it! And extra THANKS for Kylie for recommending it. =) For the butter/oil, use 2 tablespoons. It's listed under "For the Butter Chicken". Also, yes, use the juices from the can, though you can also add in a bit of water if needed as you've done. Have a great day!

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    42. Gloria says

      How much olive oil should be added? It is not listed in the ingredients.

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      • Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness says

        2 tablespoons, Gloria. Or you can use butter. I've made that more clear. Thanks!

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    43. Gail Needham says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (44)
      I enjoy this recipe more than others I have tried. The one thing I do, which may be off for some, but I don't puree my sauce. And I don't put rice or noodles with it, but toward the very end I put a bag of cauliflower rice in the sauce. Once it is cooked, it mimics the texture somewhat of rice. So my onions and the cauliflower rice give it texture. The rest I do pretty much the same as the recipe calls for. I enjoy getting the bits in the creamy sauce. Most of the time I have used chicken thighs, but when I chopped up the chicken breast this time and seasoned it up we really liked it. Both ways we have enjoyed making this dish. But something went together in it this time that made it really great. I saw a suggestion of putting a jalapeño in it. I will try that next time. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Maybe it was the specific blend of spices that made it so good. I will always keep this recipe for reference.

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      • Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness says

        Thanks so much, Gail. Great use of cauliflower rice. Glad you enjoyed it.

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    44. Kylie says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (45)
      Great recipe! Used one jalepeno and some red chili flakes for the perfect heat level! Will definitely be making again and again!!

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      • Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness says

        Nice! Glad to hear it, Kylie!

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    45. Kosar says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (46)
      I tried this recipe and it turned out super yummy . Thank you for all the extra tips also

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      • Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness says

        Glad you enjoyed it, Kosar. Thank you.

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    46. Ruth says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (47)
      Can I freeze this ? I made it and it was delicious. This time, my plans changed and I will need to freeze it .

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      • Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness says

        Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (48)
        Ruth, yes, I freeze portions all the time for enjoying later. Glad you enjoyed it.

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    47. Mohit says

      Mine turned out to be little sour in taste. Do you know what could I have done wrong? Maybe I will skip lemon next timeZ

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      • Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness says

        Mohit, I'm not sure what could cause a sour flavor, possibly the lemon, or if there was an issue with the heavy cream? Or did anything burn? Sorry to hear.

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    48. Heather says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (49)
      Excellent! This was easy to make and tasted amazing! Definitely the best butter chicken recipe I have ever found. Thank you so much!

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      • Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness says

        Excellent! Thanks, Heather!

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    49. Stephanie says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (50)
      Just made this for me and my husband and it will be a weekly staple! So incredibly delicious and EASY! I use to buy premade butter chicken sauce and it doesn’t even compare.

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      • Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness says

        Great to hear, Stephanie! Super happy you both enjoy it!

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    50. Corina says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (51)
      Yours is the best one! The only thing I added is fenugreek seeds, which adds another layer of flavour yet. Cheers!

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      • Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness says

        Wonderful! Glad you enjoyed it! I like the inclusion of fenugreek. Very nice.

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    51. Lisa B says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (52)
      Amazing recipe and easy to follow instructions. Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to try more of your recipes!

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      • Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness says

        Thanks Lisa. -Mike

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    52. Liz K says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (53)
      I made it tonight, added cashews and a serrano pepper, didn’t have heavy cream and just used milk. It turned out great! Thank you for the recipe.

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      • Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness says

        Excellent! Thanks, Liz!

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    53. Monica says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (54)
      Super easy to make and very tasty. My picky eaters loved this recipe!

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      • Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness says

        Great! Thanks for sharing, Monica. Super happy the picky eaters enjoyed it.

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    54. Gary says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (55)
      As a Brit that emigrated to the (west coast) US a decade ago I was never able to find a good curry that matched the unique British Indian Restaurant taste I grew up with, I made do with importing jars of Pataks paste for years as the time and work involved making a proper base sauce was too time consuming and many other recipes I tried just didn't come close, but this makes a great base curry that can be tweaked to cover many dishes, my goto recipe now, Cheers!

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      • Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness says

        Thanks so much, Gary! I greatly appreciate the comments and am super happy that you enjoy the recipe. Cheers!!

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    55. Herman Hamre says

      Butter Chicken Recipe (Murgh Makhani) (56)
      Very good dish with rice. I'll bet it would go great with egg noodles too.

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      • Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness says

        Absolutely, Herman! Great with noodles.

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