Restaurant Style Butter Chicken | How to make Restaurant Style Butter Chicken

By Dhrubaa De Mukherjee  |  22nd Sep 2015  |  
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Restaurant Style Butter Chickenby Dhrubaa De Mukherjee
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    1 /2Hours
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About Restaurant Style Butter Chicken Recipe

Restaurant Style Butter Chicken

Ingredients to make Restaurant Style Butter Chicken

  • 8 - chicken legs
  • 2 tbsp - lime/lemon juice
  • 2 tsp - salt
  • 2 tsp - red chili powder
  • 1 cup - Greek yogurt or hung yogurt
  • 2 tsp - cumin powder
  • 2 tsp - coriander powder
  • 2 tsp - chili powder
  • 1 tsp - black pepper powder
  • 1 tbsp - chaat masala powder
  • 1 tbsp - garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp - ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp - lime juice
  • 1 tsp - garam masala powder (optional)
  • 1 tbsp - dried fenugreek leaves (optional)
  • 1 tbsp - oil
  • ĵ cup - grated cheese (optional)
  • A few drops of red food coloring
  • salt to taste
  • tomatoes medium - 8
  • 3 tbsp - butter/oil
  • cardamoms - 3
  • The Second Marinade : Cloves of garlic minced - 8 to 10
  • Green chili chopped - 1
  • tomato paste - 2 tsp
  • a few drops of orange food color (optional)
  • red chili powder - 1/2 tsp
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp - honey/sugar
  • 1/4 cup - fresh cream
  • 1 tbsp - dried fenugreek leaves crushed

How to make Restaurant Style Butter Chicken

  1. Make 2-3 incisions on each piece of chicken. Mix the ingredients from the 1st marinade–lime juice, salt and chili powder; rub the 1st marinade thoroughly on the chicken pieces, and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  2. In another bowl mix the ingredients for the 2nd marinade, and marinate the chicken in this mixture for another 45 minutes. Preheat over to 200°C.
  3. Arrange the chicken pieces on a well greased flat baking tray, or over a greased wire rack that sits on a deep baking tray.
  4. Bake the chicken for 30 mins.
  5. Then change the oven setting to high broil, and cook the chicken pieces for 5-6 minutes on each side. Keep checking every 3 minutes to avoid excessive charring.
  6. For the sauce: Broil the tomatoes at the highest temperature possible for 10-12 minutes, or until the skin starts to split and blister. Let them cool down. Then peel the skin off.
  7. Puree the tomatoes using a little water.
  8. Heat butter over medium heat in a non-stick pan.
  9. Add cardamom and bay leaves and wait until they start spluttering (30 secs). Add garlic and chopped green chilies and saute for 30 more seconds.
  10. Add in the tomato puree and tomato paste and let it simmer, stirring occasionally, until the butter/oil has separated (13-15 minutes).
  11. Add chili powder, salt and sugar/honey, and food color. Give it a good stir and let it simmer for 2 more minutes.
  12. Add the tandoori chicken pieces and let it simmer for 3-4 minutes. Reduce heat, add cream and dried fenugreek. Simmer for 2-3 more minutes. Adjust seasoning before removing from heat.
  13. Garnish with a drizzle of fresh cream and cilantro/coriander leaves (optional).
  14. Serve hot with naan, pita, or rice.

My Tip:

For the sauce: You can also immerse the tomatoes in boiling water for a minute or hold them over an open gas flame to peel the skin. But charring the tomatoes a little gives it a much better taste.

Reviews for Restaurant Style Butter Chicken (16)

Suraj Prajapati2 years ago

NIC ji

Reena Girkar2 years ago


swaleha kalim2 years ago

Delicious. .

Sharmila Moses2 years ago

Excellent What exactly is tomato paste

Renu Kumar3 years ago

Wonderful recipe n so light in eating. Thanks a lot for sharing it. Each time I made I got lot of compliments.

Ananya Roy Pratihar3 years ago

what about the second marinade

Prashant Sawant3 years ago

2nd marinade made of what? no details

jyoti varangaonkar3 years ago


Felcy Rodrigues3 years ago

delicious wow....

harshitha k3 years ago


Maithili Thangkhiew4 years ago

Amazing chicken recipe :)

Tahseen Fathima4 years ago

looking yummy and delicious-

Narinder Lamba4 years ago


shashi poojari4 years ago


Kota Sonali4 years ago

looking yummy* :ok_hand:

Namu Manandhar4 years ago

great recipe! and the dish looks absolutely delicious :D