Butter Chicken Recipe Punjabi Dhaba Style: How To

Last Updated on June 30, 2022

Today, we’re going to be looking at a butter chicken recipe Punjabi Dhaba style. Indian cuisine is one of my favorites, and it goes without saying that butter chicken is one of the tastiest dishes. It’s thick, creamy – and utterly delicious. While it may not be the healthiest option, it’s worth treating yourself too every so often. But what is butter chicken and how do you go about making it? Let’s take a closer look.

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What is Butter Chicken?

Butter chicken is one of the most popular dishes in Indian cuisine. It’s moist, succulent chicken marinated in a range of spices, and then cooked in a creamy, almost velvety sauce. While you may think it would be sweet, I find that it’s the perfect balance between sweet and spicy, and has the perfect balance.

Ingredients in Butter Chicken Punjabi Dhaba Style

  • salt
  • coriander powder
  • kitchen king masala
  • red chili powder
  • oil
  • fresh yogurt
  • lime juice
  • onion
  • tomatoes
  • ginger garlic paste
  • turmeric powder
  • cumin powder
  • butter
  • melon seeds (magaj)
  • almonds
  • butter
  • cooking cream
  • sugar
  • garam masala
  • water
  • Kasuri Methi
  • milk

Butter Chicken Recipe Punjabi Dhaba Style

The recipe we’re going to be looking at today is inspired by My Tasty Curry. And it’s the easiest way to make butter chicken, dhaba style. Let’s take a look at how to make this Indian favorite.

Is butter chicken a curry dish

Ingredients

The ingredients you’ll need for this recipe are:

For the chicken:

  • 400g boneless chicken
  • 1 tablespoon of oil

For marinating:

  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon of kitchen king masala
  • 1 teaspoon of red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of oil
  • 3 tablespoons of fresh yogurt
  • 1/2 tablespoon of lime juice

For the butter chicken sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 onion
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of red chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons of melon seeds (magaj)
  • 10 almonds
  • 20g of butter
  • 1/4 cup of cooking cream
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of garam masala
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Kasuri Methi

Recipe

Now all you need to do is:

Step 1: Marinate

Grab your chicken and a chopping board, and cut into small pieces (around 1 inch). Add the chicken to a bowl to use for marinating. Add the salt, coriander, masala, and red chili powder. Stir well to ensure each piece is coated. Now add the fresh yogurt, a teaspoon of oil, and 1/2 teaspoon of lime juice. With a spoon (or your hands), mix well to make sure each piece is covered. You can leave in the refrigerator anywhere between 1-12 hours. However, the longer it marinates, the tastier it is!

Step 2: Cook the chicken

Once marinated, the chicken is ready to cook. Add oil to a pan and wait until hot to add the chicken. Cook the chicken for around 5-6 minutes. When almost fully cooked, remove from heat and leave the chicken pieces to one side.

Step 3: Make the sauce

In the same pan, add your onion (sliced) alongside a tablespoon of oil and cook until golden brown. Now add your tomatoes and ginger garlic paste. Once your tomatoes are soft, add the red chili powder, cumin powder and turmeric powder. Mix well and then add the melon seeds and almonds. Keep stirring as your sauce is cooking. Add your butter and leave for a few minutes. Now add your cooking cream and leave for a further few minutes. Now add your sugar, garam masala, and milk. Leave for 1-2 minutes.
 
If you like your gravy completely smooth, at this point you’ll want to blend the sauce to make it extra smooth – and then strain the mixture. If not, you can leave as it is. Now add the chicken pieces to the pan, alongside the sauce and cook for a few minutes.

Step 4: Serve

Sprinkle your kasuri methi over the top of the dish and your butter chicken is ready to serve. This dish is best served with naan and rice. Enjoy!
Is butter chicken sweet or spicy

Conclusion

I hope this article has helped you to become more familiar with a butter chicken recipe Punjabi Dhaba style. If you want to make this recipe even easier (and quicker), you can use rotisserie chicken or already seasoned chicken in your dish – that way, you won’t have to wait overnight. However, although marinating takes a while; it does produce the most flavorful results.

Do you have any tips or tricks when it comes to making butter chicken? If so, please feel free to let me know in the comments below. Sharing is caring!

Butter Chicken Recipe Punjabi Dhaba Style

Butter Chicken Recipe Punjabi Dhaba Style: How To

aniasvibrantkitchen
Today, we're going to be looking at a butter chicken recipe Punjabi Dhaba style. Indian cuisine is one of my favorites, and it goes without saying that butter chicken is one of the tastiest dishes. It's thick, creamy - and utterly delicious. While it may not be the healthiest option, it's worth treating yourself too every so often. But what is butter chicken and how do you go about making it? Let's take a closer look.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian

Ingredients
  

For the chicken

  • 400 g boneless chicken
  • 1 tablespoon of oil

For marinating

  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon of kitchen king masala
  • 1 teaspoon of red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of oil
  • 3 tablespoons of fresh yogurt
  • 1/2 tablespoon of lime juice

For the butter chicken sauce

  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 onion
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of red chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons of melon seeds (magaj)
  • 10 almonds
  • 20 g of butter
  • 1/4 cup of cooking cream
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of garam masala
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Kasuri Methi

Instructions
 

  • Marinate
    Grab your chicken and a chopping board, and cut into small pieces (around 1 inch). Add the chicken to a bowl to use for marinating. Add the salt, coriander, masala, and red chili powder. Stir well to ensure each piece is coated. Now add the fresh yogurt, a teaspoon of oil, and 1/2 teaspoon of lime juice. With a spoon (or your hands), mix well to make sure each piece is covered. You can leave in the refrigerator anywhere between 1-12 hours. However, the longer it marinates, the tastier it is!
    400 g boneless chicken, 1 tablespoon of oil, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of coriander powder, 1 teaspoon of kitchen king masala, 1 teaspoon of red chili powder, 3 tablespoons of fresh yogurt, 1/2 tablespoon of lime juice
  • Cook the chicken
    Once marinated, the chicken is ready to cook. Add oil to a pan and wait until hot to add the chicken. Cook the chicken for around 5-6 minutes. When almost fully cooked, remove from heat and leave the chicken pieces to one side.
    1 teaspoon of oil
  • Make the sauce
    In the same pan, add your onion (sliced) alongside a tablespoon of oil and cook until golden brown. Now add your tomatoes and ginger garlic paste. Once your tomatoes are soft, add the red chili powder, cumin powder and turmeric powder. Mix well and then add the melon seeds and almonds. Keep stirring as your sauce is cooking. Add your butter and leave for a few minutes. Now add your cooking cream and leave for a further few minutes. Now add your sugar, garam masala, and milk. Leave for 1-2 minutes.
    If you like your gravy completely smooth, at this point you'll want to blend the sauce to make it extra smooth - and then strain the mixture. If not, you can leave as it is. Now add the chicken pieces to the pan, alongside the sauce and cook for a few minutes.
    1 teaspoon of oil, 1 onion, 3 tomatoes, 1 tablespoon of ginger garlic paste, 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder, 1/2 teaspoon of red chili powder, 2 tablespoons of melon seeds (magaj), 10 almonds, 1/4 cup of cooking cream, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1 tablespoon of garam masala, 1/2 cup of milk, 20 g of butter
  • Serve
    Sprinkle your kasuri methi over the top of the dish and your butter chicken is ready to serve. This dish is best served with naan and rice. Enjoy!
    1/4 teaspoon of Kasuri Methi
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FAQs

What is the Indian Name for Butter Chicken?

Traditionally, this Indian dish was not called butter chicken. It was in fact, called murgh makhani. It's the same dish - just a different name! A curry with a butter and tomato based sauce, with chicken - what more could you ask for?

Is Butter Chicken a Curry Dish?

Yes! While it doesn't use curry in its name like other popular curry dishes - butter chicken is most definitely a curry dish! It tastes very similar to a chicken tikka masala; this is probably because they are both tomato based dishes. It's quite mild in comparison to other curries, but what it lacks in heat - it packs in flavor.

How Long Does Chicken Take to Fry?

The time to fry chicken, will all depend on the size of the chicken you're cooking. If you're using small chunks of breast meat for your curry (like in this recipe), your chicken should be cooked in around six minutes. The best way to check is to check if the inside of a chicken piece is white, and if the juices from the chicken run clear.

Is Butter Chicken Sweet or Spicy?

Butter chicken is the perfect balance between sweet and spicy; which is why it's one of my favorite dishes from Indian cuisine. While it's not spicy with heat, it's packed full of spices and flavors. While you may think it would be overly sweet, that's not the case at all!