|September 26, 2022


Indians love their food because of its taste and spiciness. That spiciness in the cuisine and, when related to food, it's no distinct from that. Countless dishes are cooked in India with a variety of delicious dishes. Indian taste is dominated by Butter Chicken, rajma chawal, biryani, and other delicious dishes.

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India's famous cuisine has many dishes, but butter chicken has a special place. When it comes with ghee rice and lemon on top, its buttery and smokey texture can make anyone's mouth watery. There is no standard way of preparing butter chicken; it differs from household to household and region. Everyone has different tastes and preferences. 

Kundan Lal Gujral, the owner of Moti Mahal in Delhi, invented butter chicken. He had prepared tandoori chicken, and they were dried after some duration of time; then he added curry made of butter and tomatoes not to let the chicken pieces dry, and that’s how butter chicken curry came into existence. 

The delicious take on easy butter chicken is the spicy and smoky butter chicken to fill your weekends with ultimate fun with food. The recipe of this dish is quite simple, with no extra hustle-bustle and ingredients. Indian butter chicken must be the first choice when you think about weekends.

To get authentic Indian butter chicken, make this super dish with Alcoeats butter chicken mix. Mix the content with water and put in the chicken pieces. Enjoy this easily and quickly created dish with steamed rice, ghee rice, naan, kulcha, or chapati.

How to Make a Perfect Spicy and Smoky Butter Chicken?

Indian butter chicken is typically a mild curry with not so spicy flavor. But variations can be there to make this fantastic dish. A perfect spicy and smoky flavor added to the butter chicken tastes the next level.


Who doesn't like butter chicken? A mild curry with butter, tomatoes, and cream wrapped around the chicken pieces gives an ultimate tasting experience. Enhance this great-tasting experience by including spicy and smoky flavors to the beloved butter chicken.

Print Recipe
  • Servings - 5 to 6
  • Preparation Time - 15 - 20 Minutes
  • Cooking Time - 1 Hour 45 Minutes


  • 450 Gms - Chicken pieces
  • ½ Cup - Yogurt
  • 1 Tsp - Lemon juice
  • 2 Tsp - Ginger-garlic paste
  • ½ Tsp - Alco Red Hot Chili Powder
  • 1 Tsp - Alco Garam Masala
  • ½ Tsp - Salt
  • 2 Tsp - Butter/ Ghee
  • 1 - Onion (chopped)
  • 3-4 - Tomatoes (chopped)
  • 8-9 - Garlic pods
  • ½ Cup - Cashews
  • 1 inch - Ginger
  • 5 - Green cardamom
  • 3 inch - Cinnamon stick
  • 8-9 - Cloves
  • 2 - Bay leaves
  • 1 - Black Cardamom
  • ½ Tsp - Alco red chili powder
  • To Taste - Salt
  • 2 Tbsp - Butter
  • 2 Tbsp - Cream
  • ½ Tsp - Kasuri methi
  • 1 Cup - Water
  • 1 Piece - Charcoal
  • ½ Tsp - Ghee


  • Add chicken pieces, yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, lemon juice, Alco red chili powder, garam masala powder, salt, and ghee in a bowl.
  • Mix all the ingredients and marinate well. Keep it marinated for some time.
  • Heat the pan over medium flame and ghee.
  • After the melting of ghee, add marinated chicken to the pan.
  • Stir the chicken pieces until it is brown in color.
  • After cooking the chicken, turn off the flame and place a bowl in the pan.
  • Place heated charcoal in the bowl, and add ghee over the charcoal.
  • Cover the pan lid for 15 minutes to give the smoky flavor.
  • For making curry paste, add water, onions, tomatoes, cashews, garlic, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and bay leaves in a pan.
  • Add Alco red chili powder and salt.
  • Cook for 15-20 minutes until the onions become soft. 
  • Stir continuously, and let it cool for some time.
  • Remove bay leaf and cinnamon stick.
  • Put the mixture in the blender and blend it well.
  • Now make curry, put a pan to the heat.
  • Add butter and the blended mixture to it.
  • Add water and smoked chicken and stir for a few minutes.
  • Add kasuri methi and cream.
  • Cook until the ingredients get mixed well. Serve and enjoy with rice, chapati, etc.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh ingredients to make your smoky and spicy butter chicken.
  • Use ghee or butter in place of oil to give the perfectly delicious taste to the easy butter chicken.
  • According to your preference, you can add as much red chili powder to make it more spicy.
  • Keep your chicken pieces in medium sizes to get the curry absorbed by them easily.
  • Always serve hot, or else the taste will not be at its optimal level.

Summing Up

Indian butter chicken is special in everyone’s heart because succulent pieces of chicken and creamy, buttery curry make this dish super-hit to enjoy any day. Pair this delicious chicken dish with steamed rice, jeera rice, or any Indian flatbread, be it naan, roti, etc.

The typical flavor of butter chicken is a mild curry with earthy and sweet notes. But spicy butter chicken is also a beloved dish; people like to add more spice to the butter chicken’s curry for a savory and spicy flavor.

Spicy butter chicken has a place, whereas the smoky flavor added to enhance the flavor makes this dish extraordinary. The fired charcoal placed while preparing this dish elevates the flavor by adding a smoky quotient to it.

When you are planning to make this dish at home, and you are in a hurry, try Alcoeats Butter Chicken gravy. You are supposed only to mix the content from the jar with water and add it to the curry. You don’t need to spend long hours in the kitchen to get the butter chicken curry.


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