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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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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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!

Akshatha Naidu
Akshatha Naidu
7 months ago

5 stars
I have made this recipe countless times for my family, my extended family, my friends & it has always been an absolute show stopper ! A stunner ! Couldn’t thank you enough for sharing this easy recipe 🙂

Zartashia Javid
Zartashia Javid
8 months ago

5 stars
What a beautiful simple recipe. Everyone loved it, so delicious and will be making it again. Thank you Izzah ❤️

Anum
Anum
10 months ago

4 stars
Asslamualaikum! Thank you so much for the recipe. It turned out really nice. Only problem was that the curry was very little though in your picture there is so much of it. I used just as many tomoatoes and yoghurt. What would make the curry more?

Qudsia
Qudsia
Reply to  Anum
8 months ago

I haven’t tried this recipe yet, but as a general principle, after you’ve well “bhoon”ified a dish, it is ok to add some water if it’s gotten too dry. It has achieved the desired flavors and adding some water won’t take away from flavor. To enhance flavor you can add chicken stock instead of water.

Maham
Maham
10 months ago

Such an easy and yummy recipe to make!!

Mahzeb Ashraf
Mahzeb Ashraf
11 months ago

5 stars
When I tell you this was the easiest and the most delicious desi dish I have ever cooked. Such simple ingredients, barely took 20-30 minutes. Loved it! ❤️

Uzma Nabeel
Uzma Nabeel
1 year ago

5 stars
I made this a month back and my daughter has been on my back to make it since! It was an absolute hit in our house. Thank you for sharing the recipe with us 😊

Nikita
Nikita
1 year ago

5 stars
After making your reshmi chicken recipe, we tried this one next and it’s also delicious!! Loved both of them

Monizza
Monizza
1 year ago

HI , recipe looks so simple and hyet delicious in taste !!!

Anjali Duraiswamy
Anjali Duraiswamy
1 year ago

5 stars
Absolutely delicious and so easy to make!

saf.
saf.
1 year ago

5 stars
Loved it, so easy to make!! The taste was amazing and I will definitely make it again!

Saba
Saba
1 year ago

5 stars
This recipe is a keeper! It is a constant repeat in our menu and i have also made it in for a dinner for friends. It is the most simplest, easiest yet tasty at the same time! We like food a bit spicy so usually I increase the spices a little. But even without that, this is a must try

Amal Bawany
Amal Bawany
1 year ago

5 stars
Loved this recipe made it for my husband and he asks me every week to make this dish it’s super super yummy !

Asma Junaid
Asma Junaid
1 year ago

So easy and yummy recipe 👍🏻

Asma Junaid
Asma Junaid
1 year ago

5 stars
Tried the recipe , was very nice 👍🏻

Titiksha Fernandes
Titiksha Fernandes
1 year ago

5 stars
This was just fantastic! So comforting on a Sunday night. The bhoon-o-ing process was just beautiful! Thank you Izza for making the simplest, yet tastiest desi recipes out there

Kadeja Miah
Kadeja Miah
1 year ago

This is an amazing recipe- foolproof. I’ve made it a few times and it’s just beautiful!

Salman
Salman
1 year ago

5 stars
Amazing Recipee !!

Asma Chohan
Asma Chohan
1 year ago

I’ve tried this recipe like around 4 times now.
It always turn out yummy! Love it!
Easy and delicious! 10/10 points! 🖤

Last edited 1 year ago by Asma Chohan
Tanees
Tanees
1 year ago

5 stars
The recipe is so easy and so delicious!! Perfect blend of spices and “makhni” taste to it. Love it! Thanks for sharing

Yusra
Yusra
1 year ago

5 stars
Easy peasy recipe! It’s a must try!

Farwa Nawab
Farwa Nawab
1 year ago

5 stars
Easy and super tasty. There weren’t any leftovers cause it was sooooo delicious,ate it all. Definitely try this recipe.

Emaan Qureshi
Emaan Qureshi
1 year ago

5 stars
So easy to make and absolutely delicious!! Loved it

Tahniyath Fatima
Tahniyath Fatima
1 year ago

5 stars
The best recipe

Sana Rauf
Sana Rauf
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago

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

Mehvish Abubakar
Mehvish Abubakar
1 year ago

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

Neeela
Neeela
1 year 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
1 year ago

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

Nxwxl
Nxwxl
1 year ago

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

Uzma Nabeel
Uzma Nabeel
1 year 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
1 year ago

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

Bassam
Bassam
1 year ago

Tried & it WAS A HIT!

Nabila Afzal
1 year ago

5 stars
Loved everything about this recipe♥️

jahnavi
jahnavi
1 year ago

5 stars
INSANELY TASTY AND EASY TO MAKE!!

Sama mudabbir
Sama mudabbir
1 year ago

Loved it easy to make delicious to eat

Maheen
Maheen
1 year 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
1 year ago

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

Mia
Mia
1 year ago

Can we make this one without the cream?

Irene
Irene
1 year 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
1 year ago

5 stars
Best

Maryam Mesarwi
Maryam Mesarwi
1 year 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 year ago

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

Maith
Maith
1 year ago

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

Arshiya ahmed
Arshiya ahmed
1 year ago

Easiest recipes always

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