Butter Chicken is hands down my favourite chicken dish! I think I can say that is true for many Indians, a delicious Murgh Makhani makes a good night a great one! A firm favourite in India, this dish has now also become quite popular in the UK. I’ve recently noticed seeing this dish in the ready-food aisle in British supermarkets! A nice change from the usual Chicken Tikka Masala! And super convenient for anyone craving some Butter Chicken, although nothing really beats a well made home cooked one.
For me Butter Chicken reminds of my childhood with Dad. When he’d come home on holiday from sailing (being a Captain in the Merchant Navy), he’d often order this dish with butter naans and we’d sit listening to him tell us stories and incidents of the time when he was sailing. Growing up, I also remember this dish being one of my first few introductions to non-vegetarian food. Tandoori chicken was my absolute favourite. I remember Dad feeding me morsels of the chicken and that was the only way I’d eat it. I wouldn’t want to get stuck in as I’d often find eating chicken on the bone difficult – guess all children are that way.
When I moved to the UK, butter chicken was one dish that I’d crave for often but get put off because I always thought it was very complicated and not something I’d be able to cook by myself at home. Do you think this dish is easy enough to be made at home?! Turns out it is easy enough to make. Don’t let the list of ingredients put you off, you mostly just have to chuck all the spices together and you only need tomatoes and onions for this dish. And the delicious bits – cream and butter.
If you are staying away from heavy food, then perhaps make this dish on your cheat day. This is one dish you want to eat after a week of being good.. There are no substitutes for butter and cream, don’t ask me for those please.
Serve this buttery Butter Chicken with parathas or naans and slices of onions and wedges of lemon. Happy Days!