Butter Chicken 101

As much as this island girl loves her Caribbean food, the beautiful thing about living here in Dubai is having the opportunity to relish in all the international dishes available just about everywhere you turn. I love Butter Chicken so I decided to make my own!

I absolutely love this mildly spiced curry dish with its perfect balance of creaminess and smooth texture. Its a winner dish at the dinner table for sure! Turned out to be easy-peasy and even yummier than what’s often served at the local restaurants.

So the story goes that this now popular Indian dish (called Murgh Makhni in Hindi) has its roots in Moti Mahal Restaurant in New Delhi in the 1920s where a cook named K Gujral, who had popularized tandoori chicken,  decided to create a dish out of dried out chicken pieces softened and served with a cream and tomato sauce. It took off and became a world-renowned Indian favorite.

So here goes my picture story instructions…

Butter Chicken

I used store bought chicken paste and pretty much followed their suggestion in the cooking process. The only difference is I used ghee instead of regular butter so I can get a more authentic Indian flavor.

The spice is strong with this paste, so I use less. If you prefer a big and punchy taste, then go hard with it. 🙂

Butter Chicken

First, you brown the pre-seasoned (with salt and pepper) cubed chicken breasts or thighs – whatever your preference. I use fresh, local chicken most times here. Heat the ghee and brown the chicken for about 5 minutes on each side.

Butter Chicken

Add your paste, cream, and water. Stir and bring down the heat a little bit to a nice simmer and let it cook through. You will immediately see the bright colors come to life and get really eager to eat your dinner! Breathe in the aromas. You will smile and grab the camera to take pictures.

Note: If you are lactose intolerant or are avoiding dairy products, try substituting cashew butter or paste.

Butter Chicken

When it’s cooked through, sprinkle cilantro and — Viola! All done!

Butter Chicken

Serve with hot, fragrant jasmine rice. It can also be paired with some Naan bread as a replacement, or on the side to mop up the last bit of the delicious gravy.

Butter Chicken

Plate, serve, and enjoy this indulgent treat! Prepare to receive pats on the back by your peeps.

If you try this out, let me know how it turned out.

Happy Eats my urban kitchen to yours! XOXO



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