Some people eat a dish called butter chicken. Since I was little, I have been eating it and learned how to make it from my mom. In India, this dish is eaten with either naan bread or basmati rice. When I first started making butter chicken for myself in America, I served it with rice. But now that’s what everyone does! It’s not authentic at all. You can find this dish on pretty much any menu these days—from Indian restaurants to Thai places to even Italian joints—and they all serve it over some pasta or risotto instead of rice!

What Is Butter Chicken Snob?

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Butter chicken snob is made with spices, butter, onion, tomato paste, yogurt, and cream. It used to seem complicated to make butter chicken because it always took a lot of time in the cooking process. But it’s not difficult at all if you have the right recipe! Check out my recipe below–it’s easy enough for anyone to make.

Origin Of Butter Chicken

My butter chicken snob is a combination of the recipes I grew up eating at Indian restaurants. Now, many chefs have added their twists to butter chicken that make it taste different. There are even different kinds of butter chicken within India that use coconut milk or jalapenos and cream cheese (yes, really!). My recipe is 100% authentic. Butter chicken was first eaten by royalty and then, later on, spread to the ordinary people with the invention of a special oven called a tandoor. So we can still eat butter chicken just like they did back then!

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In India, butter chicken snobs are served with rice or naan bread. But now people have been making it over pasta, risotto, and even polenta! My family has never eaten it this way before. If you know of a different course to serve the authentic dish, please let me know! Of course, you can also eat butter chicken as a sandwich–that’s delicious too!

This Recipe Serves 4 People


Preparation Time:20 Minutes
Cook Time:40 Minutes

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  • 2 lbs chicken, skinned and cut into cubes (cut each breast into 3 or 4 pieces),
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt,
  • 1 cup onions, chopped,
  • 2 tablespoons butter,
  • 2 teaspoons garlic paste (about 3 cloves garlic blended with water),
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste (about a 1″ piece of fresh peeled ginger mixed with water),
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste,
  • 1 cup whole milk yogurt,
The Spice Mix
  • 1/2 teasp ground cinnamon,
  • 2 teasp ground coriander,
  • 2 teasp cumin,
  • 1 teasp ground turmeric,
  • 2 teasp salt,
  • 1/2- teasp cayenne,

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  1. Make The Spice Mix: Add all the spices (except for salt) into a small bowl and stir to combine. Then add the salt, mix again, and set aside.
  2. Cook Onions And Garlic Paste: First, cook the butter and onion together on medium heat. Once the onions starts to brown, add garlic. Cook until it is lightly browned (about 5 minutes). Do not burn the butter chicken!
  3. Blend your tomato paste: If you want to make a butter chicken snob with no chunks, or if you want it to be mixed with more evenly, then take half of the butter chicken snob mixture and put it in a blender. Mix until smooth. Then integrate this back into the rest of the butter chicken snob (save the other half later).
  4. Add Your Spice Mix: Next, add the butter chicken spice to your pan. Add half of the yogurt and 3/4 cup water if you want more sauce. Stir everything together really well, so it is mixed in well. Cook on medium-high heat for about 10 minutes or so, stirring occasionally. If you want less sauce, use 1/2 cup water instead! This is butter chicken snob sauce!
  5. When the butter chicken is finished cooking, add your chicken and salt. Cover with a lid. Cook for about 10 minutes, occasionally stirring so the cream doesn’t burn on the bottom of your pan. It should get thick again as it cooks!
  6. Add Yogurt And Water If Needed  
  7. If the butter chicken sauce is too thick, add 1/4 cup of yogurt and stir. Cook for 3 more minutes or until the desired consistency is reached. The butter chicken tastes like butter and salt. Add more salt if needed.

Serve your butter chicken over rice, pasta, quinoa, or risotto. Top with chopped cilantro and perhaps a dollop of yogurt. Sprinkle on some garam masala and fresh ground pepper for the finishing touch!

Cool And Refrigerate For Later Use

If you want to eat this dish later, you need to measure portions before adding the cream sauce. That way, when you are ready to enjoy it again, you know how much.

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Nutrition Facts 

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  • Calories 500
  • Protein 38g
  • Carbohydrates 37g
  • Fat 10g
  • Saturated Fat 5g
  • Cholesterol 130mg
  • Fiber 3g

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Frequently Asked Question

What Do You Serve Butter Chicken With?

Butter chicken snob butter butter butter butter butter should be served with rice, pasta, quinoa, or risotto (yum—you can even try it with polenta instead of pasta!). Top with chopped cilantro and perhaps a dollop of yogurt, and sprinkle on some garam masala and fresh ground pepper for the finishing touch!

Can I Use Another Type Of Meat?

Sure! Butter chicken snob butter can be made using boneless meat, including beef, pork, or lamb. Just follow the exact instructions as this recipe to make your version but remember that cooking times might vary depending on what kind of meat you use so check the doneness of your butter chicken snob butter butter butter butter butter butter by checking the internal temperature with a meat thermometer.

Can I Use Bone-In Meat?

Yes! Remember that you’ll need to adjust cooking times, so it doesn’t get dried out—start checking for doneness after about 25 minutes and check every 5 minutes until done. You can also cook the butter chicken snob butter over low heat on the stovetop instead of baking in the oven (it will take longer).

Do I Have To Use Ghee?

No, of course not. Butter is an excellent substitution for ghee (especially since many people are lactose intolerant these days). However, it isn’t as butter, so it won’t have quite the same rich flavor.

What Kind Of Yogurt Should I Use?

I recommend using plain, thick whole milk or full-fat Greek yogurt for this recipe. But, of course, you can try making your homemade greek yogurt too!

Can I Make This Ahead Of Time?

Yes! If you want to store this dish so you can enjoy it later, measure out portions into Ziploc bags or Tupperware containers before adding the cream sauce so you know exactly how much to use when you’re ready to re-heat it.

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Final Words

If you want to make this dish ahead of time, measure out portions into Ziploc bags or Tupperware containers before adding the cream sauce so you know exactly how much to use when you’re ready to re-heat it. Then, experiment! There are so many different flavors that can be added until butter chicken snob butter butter Butter Chicken Snob Recipe tastes just right. This recipe is one of my favorite Indian-inspired recipes, and I hope you will enjoy it too!

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