What Is Butter Chicken?
Butter chicken or Murgh makhani is an Indian dish consisting of grilled chicken in a creamy and buttery sauce. It is thought to have originated in Northern India in the 1950s when Kundan Lal Gujral, owner of popular Delhi restaurant Moti Mahal, mixed leftover tandoori chicken with a mixture of spices, butter, and tomato and served it.
How to Make Butter Chicken?
To make authentic Indian butter chicken, first marinate the chicken pieces in a mixture of yogurt, ginger, garlic, and other spices for approximately 30 to 60 minutes before frying them. Then sauté some onions, ginger, and garlic with ground coriander, cumin, and garam masala and add crushed tomatoes, chili powder, and salt to the mix. Simmer for 10-15 minutes before blending this mixture in a blender and pouring the smooth mixture back into the pan. Finally, add cream, sugar, kasoori methi, and the partially cooked chicken and cook for another 8-10 minutes.
Butter Chicken VS Chicken Tikka Masala
While the two dishes are remarkably similar in taste and texture, they do have some subtle differences. The main difference between Butter Chicken vs Tikka Masala is that butter chicken masala is a blend of tomato sauce and spices, while tikka masala is made with tomato gravy and onion sauce. This results in butter chicken being less tomatoey and chicken tikka masala being less creamy.
How to Serve Butter Chicken?
Indian butter chicken should be served with sides like pulao, basmati rice, naan bread, aloo gobi, daal, raita, chutney, or papadum for a delicious traditional dinner. But can also be paired with salad, steamed vegetables, cauliflower rice, or pasta for something a little more modernized.
Here are some delicious recipes you can serve with Indian Butter Chicken:
How to Store Butter Chicken?
Store leftover butter chicken in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days in a refrigerator or freeze it in a freezer bag, airtight container, plastic wrap, or aluminum foil for up to 3 months. Reheat in the microwave or on the stove, and add extra cream if your butter chicken looks dried out.