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Butter Chicken

Recipe by Rajiv Anand of Santa Clara, US

A very popular dish in both North and south Indian cuisine. It's very rich and should be taken in moderate quantities by weight watchers.

Ingredients non vegetarian 4 servings

  • ¼ pint Sour Cream
  • 1 tsp Ginger, crushed
  • ¼ tsp Food Color, Red
  • 3 lbs. Chicken, skinless, cut into pieces
  • 2 ozs. Butter
  • 1 piece Cinnamon, 1 inch
  • 6 nos. Cloves
  • 6 nos. Cardamom
  • 1 leaf Bay leaves
  • ¼ pint Yoghurt
  • ¼ tsp Saffron, crushed
  • ¼ pint Raw Cream
  • 2 tsps. Almonds, ground
  • ¼ tsp Corn Flour
  • Vegetable Oil for garnishing
  • Salt to taste


Mix yogurt, ginger, salt and red coloring and rub into chicken. Let it marinate overnight. Place in an ovenproof dish and brush with oil. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 40-50 minutes. Save the liquid, if any. In a saucepan, melt butter and fry cinnamon, cloves, cardamoms and bay leaf for 1 minute. Add sour cream and chicken liquid. Add crushed saffron, and cream. Cover and simmer gently for 5-6 minutes. Add chicken pieces and adjust seasoning. Add ground almonds. Dissolve cornstarch in water and add to the chicken. Let it thicken. Cover and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat.



HI Rajiv I just read your recepie of butter chicken and was confused about couple ingredents. Why do u need sour cream raw cream and yogurt? Why use red color instead use chilli powder. What is the difference between corn flour and corn starch? Please respond back. Thanks


to make this butter chicken more delicious add finely grounded 3-4 tomatoes in mixie in it aftr adding cinnamon , cloves and cardamon and let it fry till tomatoes get brown in colour and start leaving oil.. After tht add chicken liquid , and then chicken.. After 5 mins add cream and continue wid the same reciepe


hi dear its totally a wrong kind of recipe butter chicken is full of tomato puree and chasew nut powder with butter . first u marinate or you just fry the bchicken pieses and add with ginger garlic paste ,puree and salt, chilli powder, fresh cream


simply awesomeee! :D thanks for the lovely recipe.


Sushant Redkar

Your party or Sunday meal is incomplete without this dish.... I just love his dish......


this seems to be an mouthwatering dish but too many cloves and cardamoms will spoil the taste so reduce them i will deffinitely try it out with less spices


generally butterchicken has tomato puree or blanched tomato, the same is not mentioned here. is this a variation


your's recipes are most deleciousand is liked by each and every member of my family.

Nausheen Shahzad

Hi Rajiv, This is an excellent recipe, I havent tried it but I know that any dish from KHANA KHAZANA is always nice. Keep up the good work and please send me some more nice recipes.

Vijaya Das

Hi Rajiv! Though i did not try ur receipe, it sounds great. I have some clarifications from all of those who have tried this receipe, specially sahil, ananya, jay and shernaz. Where did u get this sour cream, raw cream. Is it available in stores with this name or under some other name. And incase we get in bulk, can we store and use in other receipes, if so what and how? Thanks everyone


wow,its really very delicious.its a mouth watering dish

Dolly Das

Hi Rajiv I have not yet tried yr recipe but it seems to be very exciting.But need clarifications like another measurement for pint, lb & use indian words for the ingredients. thanks.

Jay Harding

On a suggestion from an East Indian friend of mine, I surpised my in-laws with this dish at the cottage. It was fantastic!!

Shernaz Sanjana

Wow!! It was simply great! My husband and myself really relished it. But I would like to clear my doubts. Why was the corn flour added,as it did not make any difference due to its negligible amount. Also instead of the water can we add chicken stalk? Thanks you!


no need for almonds

sahil arora



Just tastes brilliant

ramesh malhotra

i would like to point out that cornflour is never used in butter chicken.


Hi Rajiv, with all due respect to u the recipe of butter chicken is totally wrong. please u should refrain from giving all these recepies, because it misguides people who are really intrested in cooking. thanks buddy, Amol