In The Mood For Some Creamy Butter Chicken? Try This Recipe

Ask a meat eater about Butter Chicken and they’ll speak in words that sound like poetry. There’s something about this tangy gravy orchestrated by aromatic spices, that it enjoys its stature as the best chicken recipe you’ll try.


For marination
Ginger – 1 inch
Garlic Cloves (Peeled) – 8
Green Chillies – 2
Greek Yogurt – 6 tbsp
Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
Cumin Powder – 1 tsp
Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder – 1 tsp
Saffron – a pinch
Cinnamon Powder – a pinch
Sea Salt – a pinch
Chicken Thighs – 1.5 kg

For gravy

Butter – 150gm
Green Cardamom Pods – 6
Green Chilli (Sliced) – 1
Cloves – a few
Cassia bark – a small piece
Onion (Diced) – 1
Tomato Purée – 5 heaped tsp
Kashmiri Chilli Powder – 1 tsp
Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
Double Cream – 150ml
Honey – some
Fenugreek Leaves (Chopped) – a few
Coriander Leaves (Chopped) – a few


  1. 1. Blend 1 inch ginger with 8 peeled garlic cloves and 2 green chillies.
  2. 2. In large bowl add 6 tbl sp of Greek yoghurt and the blended ingredients.
  3. Add 1 teaspoon each of spice powders: coriander, cumin, Kashmir red chilli and add a pinch of saffron and cinnamon powder.
  4. Add to bowl and add sea salt pinch. Add 1.5kg chicken thighs and mix all together.
  5. Marinade overnight or for a few hours.
  6. Add chicken pieces to skewers and grill or bbq until charred but still tender.

Make butter chicken gravy in large pan:

  1. 150g butter on low heat then add 6 green cardamom pods, a sliced green chilli and a few cloves. Fry up a little then add 1 diced onion.
  2. Fry until onion soft. Add 5 heaped tea spoons of tomato purée. A teaspoon of Kashmiri chilli powder and 1 of coriander powder.
  3. Keep frying up but don’t burn. Add 150ml of double cream and some honey.
  4. Add some dried fenugreek and coriander leaves chopped.
  5. Add grilled chicken to sauce and let all flavours combine.
  6. Serve with naan or other Indian breads with raita, pickles and a green salad

This recipe is by Jasper Reid, Chief Executive Officer of  Wendy’s India, Jamie’s Pizzeria India, and Jamie’s Italian India. Watch him take you through the recipe step by step exclusively on GOODTiMES.