Cravings for Butter Chicken

Cravings are a funny thing

I’ve been craving for something I’ve never had but I’ve heard a lot about it. It’s nothing new, in fact, it’s a very popular Indian dish dating back to the 1940’s. But you know how it goes…once you get something in your head, the cravings are on! It’s sheer curiosity, and I’ve fallen prey. It has to be the name. It’s like a sweet melodic tune. Say it with me, and close your eyes while saying it…butter…chicken.

Surely, it’s conjured up some image in your mind even if you don’t know what it is. So I decided, why not ditch the normal Memorial Day beans and burgers in favor of something new. After all, it is “new” to me.

Butter Chicken is also referred to as murgh makhani. The chicken curry dish is a mix of chicken in a spiced tomato, butter and cream sauce. You can also substitute the butter for ghee to avoid a heavy bloated feeling afterward. The dish is similar to chicken tikka masala, which uses a tomato gravy.

I got my order of butter chicken from Cafe Spice, a restaurant in Cockeysville, MD that serves an authentic and varied selection of Indian cuisine. The butter chicken was served over basmati rice and everything about it was worth the price of admission. Admission to “where?” you ask. Admission to Yummytown. The chicken was extremely tender, and the sauce was flavorful and seamless.

Get the recipe and learn more about butter chicken below on the Cafe Delites website.

Knowing is half of the battle

Make no mistake this is a decadent dish. It’s high in fat. According to, when using butter and cream in the recipe, a 4-5 oz. serving (with no substitutes like ghee or 2% milk) will averageabout 438 calories and 28 grams of fat.

The pros in this scenario are pretty good. Never let it be said that butter chicken is not without its benefits. It’s very high in protein, fiber, and carbohydrates. So make your daily dietary plans wisely when deciding to partake in this meal. Trust me, it will be worth it.

Photo Credits: Monica Johnson (Multi Cultural Cooking Network)


Published by princessindia28

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