Makhni Chicken -It’s NOT Butter Chicken

Well, you read the title. This Makhni Chicken is not the sweet Butter Chicken or Chicken Tikka Masala popular in most Indian restaurants in the West.

Delicious Makhni chicken that is buttery rich and creamy

“Makhni” in Pakistan literally means “buttery” having been derived from the Urdu word for Butter called Makhan. But don’t be fooled. Pakistani Chicken Makhni tastes nothing like the sweet Butter Chicken you’ve probably tried in the West because it is not sweet. Makhni is a handi that is made with simple steps that involve simmering juicy chicken pieces in a tomato curry until the oil separates; it’s then finished off with heavy cream, butter and kasuri methi.


You may ask yourself, well you just take out the sugar from Butter chicken and you’re done, right? Well, not really. Chicken Makhni is different and you’ll just have to trust me on this. Since I posted this recipe on my Instagram , it has received almost half a million views. SO many of my followers have tried and loved this Chicken Makhni and so many continue to send me their recreations every single day. It really makes my day. You can follow me on @rookiewithacookie to get my recipes as soon as I create them.

Delicious Pakistani Makhni chicken that is buttery rich and creamy

TIPS

  1. Use Chicken Thighs because that’s the most forgiving cut of chicken. It stays moist and juicy during the entire cooking time which is needed to cook the masala. I usually don’t recommend chicken breast for my curry dishes because they tend to not be as flavorful and too often dry out. However, if you must use chicken breast, then let the masala cook till step 4 in the recipe card until the oil has separated, then add chicken and let it cook on medium for 10 mins. Follow it up with the final touches: cream, black pepper, butter and kasuri methi.


  2. Feel free to discard some of the oil after frying if you think it’s too much but reserve at least a 1/4 cup worth because it’s needed to cook the tomatoes and “bhoon” the masala. “Bhoon” is a cooking technique that involves frying the masala on high heat whilst continuously stirring it to evaporate the water and encouraging the oil to separate. Remember that the oil we start out with gets soaked up by the ingredients and must be released to fully cook and enhance the flavors of the dish.  It’s a glossy sheen that comes to the surface after all the water has evaporated from the curry.
  3. I only recommend heavy cream because it not only makes the dish creamy but also adds an instant thickness. Milk and half-and half have too much water content which will only counter all the hard work we put in getting the oil to separate.


 

Delicious Pakistan Makhni chicken that is buttery rich and creamy
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4.98 from 48 votes

Makhni Chicken-It's NOT Butter Chicken

This Makhni is creamy, buttery and definitely not sweet! You will absolutely love how simply this comes together
Cook Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Pakistani
Keyword: Butter Chicken, Makhni
Servings: 4
Author: Rookie With A Cookie

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup oil you can discard a bit of the oil when the chicken changes color
  • 1 lb chicken thighs, cubed chicken breast is not recommend
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 3/4 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/8 tsp garam masala please use sparingly because this has an overpowering taste
  • 1/4 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper ground
  • 1/4 cup yogurt lightly beaten
  • 3 tomatoes, pureed from a can of "whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp dried fenugreek leaves kasuri methi

Instructions

  • Fry chicken in oil and once color changes, add salt and ginger garlic paste.
  • Add spices and fry for 3-4 minutes to completely coat the chicken, then add yogurt and mix for another two minutes.
  • Puree the tomatoes and pour into the pan. Let the tomatoes come to a boil, then cook covered on medium heat for 15 minutes.
  • After 15 minutes, remove the lid, and on high heat, "bhoon" the masala by continuing to stir it until the water completely evaporates and the oil separates.
  • Turn the flame to medium low and add the heavy cream along with black pepper and a few green chili slit lengthwise for some more heat. Cover the pan again and low heat, let the makhni simmer for 2 to 3 minutes,
  • Finally finsih off with butter and fenugreek leaves "kasuri methi" for fragrance and enjoy with naan.

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Fatima Pirzada
Fatima Pirzada
15 days ago

5 stars
This recipe is so easy to make and it tastes Amazing! I made this for a dinner and it was a major hit! Absolutely Loved it!

Scidra Sayeed
Scidra Sayeed
15 days ago

5 stars
Insanely delicious, and easy to make!! I can’t wait to make it again, it was honestly finger licking good! ❤️

Meshal
Meshal
15 days ago

5 stars
Easily the best makhni recipe I’ve ever tried. Simple and delicious with the perfect balance of spice and cream in the sauce. Too good!

Sana Rauf
Sana Rauf
3 days ago

An absolutely amazing recipe which me and my husband love. We make this every other week and it has never failed us. It’s hard to stop once you have had a taste of it. I also once substituted almond milk with cream because we are trying to be more ‘healthy’ but it still tasted amazing.

Janhavi
Janhavi
6 days ago

5 stars
This recipe is a keeper! Love the flavors. The whole family begged for more and I had to make it again within 2-3 days of making it the first time.

Chithira
Chithira
6 days ago

5 stars
The best recipe I have tried from the internet till date. This is just some restaurant quality Makhni that you’ll ever make at home.

Pooja Junnarkar
Pooja Junnarkar
7 days ago

5 stars
Izza’s chicken makhani recipe is just heavenly. I cannot believe that I made it at home and it tasted like authentic Pakistani makhani!! I think it turned out so much better than the ones from restaurants.. Very simple, quick, easy to follow and beginner friendly! I plan to make this again and again. Thank you Izza!!

Shehroz
Shehroz
8 days ago

5 stars
I’m a big time foodie and I was looking for a recipe that was filling delicious and easy at the same time. That’s when I came across this recipe and my mum loved it so much that she took the credit for it lol
And it took me minimum 30 minutes from prep to cooking it’s a must try !

Ashee Huda
Ashee Huda
12 days ago

5 stars
This was such a quick and easy dish to make, especially since we already had a majority of the ingredients. So delicious and creamy, even my husband loved it and he’s not really a fan of chicken. My 4 year old daughter thought it was the best!

Najia
Najia
13 days ago

5 stars
I tried this Makhni Chicken today……amazing and finger licking. I used to make butter chicken at home before but it was always a lengthy process. This chicken makhni is quick and easy and one pot dish.
Thankyou for sharing it with us.

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Arooj
Arooj
14 days ago

5 stars
Such a simple but such an amazing recipe! I used chicken breast and as recommended in the recipe, I added it at step 4 once the masala was ready and it was perfect, thank you Izza!

Wafa
Wafa
14 days ago

5 stars
Delicious! It’s a weekly recipe in my house now

Mehvish Abubakar
Mehvish Abubakar
15 days ago

5 stars
This recipe turns out absolutely delicious. And it’s so so easy to make! Thank you, Izza! ❤️

Neeela
Neeela
15 days ago

5 stars
Wow this dish tasted amazing. I didn’t have chicken thigh on hand so
Made it with chicken breast and was still great. The spices are mild. I loved it. I
Will try with chicken thigh next time.

mwanderin
mwanderin
15 days ago

Easy to follow recipe. Absolutely loved how it turned out. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

Nxwxl
Nxwxl
15 days ago

Really easy to follow! Simple ingredients used for a delicious turnout.

Uzma Nabeel
Uzma Nabeel
15 days ago

5 stars
As my 11 year old puts it “It is the best chicken dish I’ve ever had” trust me that’s a compliment!!! Thank you for sharing 😊

Urooba
15 days ago

5 stars
The most easiest and the yummiest buttery recipe I have ever come across!

Bassam
Bassam
15 days ago

Tried & it WAS A HIT!

Nabila Afzal
15 days ago

5 stars
Loved everything about this recipe♥️

jahnavi
jahnavi
25 days ago

5 stars
INSANELY TASTY AND EASY TO MAKE!!

Sama mudabbir
Sama mudabbir
25 days ago

Loved it easy to make delicious to eat

Maheen
Maheen
26 days ago

5 stars
Really good..ive tried with boneless thighs and a bone in full karahi cut chicken. Its a very balanced recipe mix..great job Izzi👍

Bushra
Bushra
Reply to  Maheen
18 days ago

Hi!! Thinking of making this today. For one bone-in chicken, did you double the quantities or stick to the recipe?

Mia
Mia
28 days ago

Can we make this one without the cream?

Irene
Irene
28 days ago

5 stars
This was absolutely delicious!! Thank you for such a yummy recipe. Will definitely be putting this in our dinner rotation 🙂

Areej
Areej
29 days ago

5 stars
Best

Maryam Mesarwi
Maryam Mesarwi
30 days ago

5 stars
Y’all. This recipe is IT! So easy, so perfect. Everyone loved it. To top it off, I was excited to cook it and I HATE cooking.

Aparna
Aparna
1 month ago

Thank you for this super simple and super delicious recipe! Yum yum yum!

Maith
Maith
1 month ago

Can I use store bought curd instead of yogurt? I am gonna try it this weekend.

Arshiya ahmed
Arshiya ahmed
1 month ago

Easiest recipes always

A R
A R
1 month ago

5 stars
Can’t wait to try!

Anum
Anum
1 month ago

5 stars
Had to recreate this as soon as I saw it. Turned out just perfect! Thank you, Izza. Love all of your recipes. ❤️

Sana K
Sana K
1 month ago

5 stars
So easy and so delicious!!

Deena Ahmed
Deena Ahmed
1 month ago

5 stars
Gorgeous recipe

Onna
Onna
1 month ago

5 stars
Love how it looks and taste

Tahira Haider
Tahira Haider
1 month ago

5 stars
Awesome recipe. Tried it today. So full of flavor and veryy easy to make.

Mahnoor
Mahnoor
1 month ago

5 stars
Best makhni everrrrrrr

Hiba S
Hiba S
1 month ago

It was out of this world…. i mean-
Perfect balance of spice and savoury.
Thaaank you for this amazing recipe ❤❤❤

Nadia Ghafoor
Nadia Ghafoor
1 month ago

What an unbelievable and easy recipe! The only way to make makhni chicken! Thank u for sharing!

Tahira
Tahira
1 month ago

5 stars
Best Makhni chicken ever! Really easy and fast to make and went down an absolute treat with all my friends and family! Thank you!

Farwah Iqbal
Farwah Iqbal
1 month ago

5 stars
Love the recipe, so easy, really amazing

Ayesha farooqi
Ayesha farooqi
1 month ago

Amazing recipe….turns out super delicious!

Fareeha zulfiqar
Fareeha zulfiqar
1 month ago

I TRIED IN FAST AND OH MY GOD IT TURNED AMAZINGGG. THE BEST PART IS THAT ITS NOT COMPLICATED, VERY EASY AND DROOL WORTHYYYY💕💕💕

Zulaikha
Zulaikha
1 month ago

5 stars
Such an easy recipe to follow. It is so delicious. Its so quick to make Im definitely cooking it again as my whole family loved it. Thanks Izza

Sadaf
Sadaf
1 month ago

5 stars
This makhni recipe is out of this world. Perfect balance of spices and it tastes the most authentic chicken makhni served in pakistani restaurants.. in love with this recipe definitely a keeper ❤️

Hira
Hira
1 month ago

Such an easy recipe and delicious too. Definitely making it part of my weekly meals! Thanks Izza

Aliya
Aliya
1 month ago

5 stars
Simple yet delicious recipe a great crowd pleaser for the whole family. Thank you for sharing

Evelyn smith
Evelyn smith
1 month ago

5 stars
It was just so easy to make and absolutely delicious.

Keerti
Keerti
1 month ago

Okay so I tried this recipe with Paneer and ohhhh myyyy gawdddd was it good. So happy that your blog exists. It has made my cravings so easy to take care of lol. This recipe was beyond amazing. My fam LOVED it! They were asking for seconds so next time I will make double the amount!

Areeba Nehal
Areeba Nehal
1 month ago

5 stars
MY HUSBAND LOVED IT🥰🤞🏻

Saira Rashid
Saira Rashid
1 month ago

5 stars
Have been a follower and fan of your recipes since your old YouTube days. Love all of the recipes you post and this one is also definitely a keeper!

Afsheen
Afsheen
1 month ago

5 stars
This was ridiculously good and so easy to make! It’s definitely going way up high on my ‘to make for people’ list! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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Burhan
Burhan
1 month ago

5 stars
I was debating on cooking this, given its complexity (mind you I’m not always chiefin’ it up) but this recipe was super easily follow and it turned out absolutely amazing. A BIG THANK YOU! Love the work and the authenticity. Highly recommend!!!!!

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