How To Serve Naan Bread With Butter Chicken

Butter chicken is a delicious Indian dish often served with naan bread. However, you might be wondering what else to serve it with?

Here are what to serve with butter chicken:

  • Pulao or Basmati Rice
  • Naan Bread
  • Mango Chutney
  • And many more.

What are they? And how to prepare them? This blog post will learn about butter chicken and what to prepare to create a unique experience for your guests.

What is Butter Chicken?

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Butter Chicken. Credit: canva

What’s in Butter Chicken

Butter chicken, also known as murgh makhani, is a chicken curry with a tomato-based sauce flavored with butter and cream.

The Indian food comes from the Indian subcontinent and is a curry. It’s comparable to chicken tikka masala, which utilizes a tomato paste.

Why Is It Called Butter Chicken?

It’s called butter chicken because of the copious amounts of butter in the recipe.

Butter chicken is also one of the most popular dishes in Indian cuisine.

What Does Butter Chicken Taste Like?

Butter chicken is a creamy, slightly spicy dish usually served with naan bread.

It has a tomato-based sauce and a mild buttery flavor.

Is Butter Chicken the Same as Tikka Masala?

Butter chicken is similar to chicken tikka masala, but it uses a different sauce.

Both dishes are curries made with chicken and spices, but the butter chicken sauce has less tomato paste than the tikka masala sauce.

What to Serve with Butter Chicken?

You are wondering what to serve with butter chicken? From naan bread to chutney, these side dishes perfectly match and bring some extra Indian flair to your table.

What Goes with Butter Chicken?

Pulao or Basmati Rice

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Butter Chicken with Rice. Credit: canva

Pulao is an excellent pair for butter chicken. The rice absorbs all the flavors of the chicken and the gravy. To add even more flavor, you can sprinkle some garam masala on top before serving.

Naan Bread

If you love spicy food, this simple Naan bread will surely please your taste buds. First, spread some butter on it and grill it until golden brown. Then, place it on a plate and pour some butter chicken gravy.

Mango Chutney

This tangy mango chutney pairs well with butter chicken. Just chop up some fresh mangoes and mix them with sugar, vinegar, salt, and cayenne pepper. Let the mixture sit overnight to let the flavors develop.

Cucumber Raita

Raita is a traditional accompaniment for Indian curries. It’s also a refreshing dip when served chilled. Make sure to cut the cucumbers into small cubes to get mixed evenly throughout the raita.

Vegetable Biryani

Biryani is an aromatic rice dish that is usually served on special occasions. In this vegetarian version, basmati rice is topped with cauliflower florets, peas, carrots, and onions.

Chapati

A delicious flatbread, chapati is often eaten alongside butter chicken. For best results, heat the chapatis in a pan first and then wrap them around the meat and vegetables.

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Butter Chicken with Naan Bread. Credit: canva

Tandoori Aloo Tikki

These crispy aloo tikkis are baked in a tandoor oven. They’re easy to prepare and go perfectly with butter chicken. Toss cubed potatoes with flour, baking soda, and salt. Bake at 400°F for 15-20 minutes. Once cool enough to handle, coat the potato pieces in beaten egg and roll them in cornmeal. Fry in the deep fryer at 375°F for 2-3 minutes per side.

Garlic Butter Kale Rice

Kale is one of my favorite vegetables because it has a mild flavor. Here, I’ve paired it with garlic butter to give it a little kick. You can use any kale here; be careful not to overcook it.

Butter Chicken Paneer

Paneer is a firm cheese that comes from cow milk. It’s used as a substitute for paneer in many recipes. Here, I’ve combined it with butter chicken to create a creamy sauce.

Punjabi Fried Bread

These crispy rolls have a nice crunch but remain light and fluffy inside. Topped with butter, they’re a great addition to any meal.

Garlic Breadsticks

The secret to making these breadsticks pop is using a food processor. First, pulse the dough until you reach your desired consistency. Then, shape the dough into balls and roll them out on a lightly floured surface. Finally, cut the rolled-out dough into sticks and brush each stick with olive oil before frying.

Papadum

These crisp, thin crackers are made from chickpea flour. They’re similar to pita pieces of bread but much lighter. Serve them with butter chicken or anything else you like!

Samosa

Samosas are a traditional Indian savory pastry filled with spiced ground meat. In this recipe, we’ll use peas instead of meat. The filling will keep fresh for up to three days if stored properly.

Roti Sticks

These crispy flatbreads are usually eaten with curries. They’re a fun alternative to naan, which tends to get soggy after a while.

Coconut Chutney

This chutney is an excellent accompaniment to butter chicken. Use coconut milk instead of regular milk when making this chutney.

Vegetables to Serve with Butter Chicken

Aloo Gobi

Gobhi is another popular vegetable dish that goes very well with butter chicken. Boil potatoes and green beans together in water and turmeric powder, ginger, garlic, and other spices. Drain and set aside. When ready to serve, toss the cooked veggies with butter chicken gravy.

Sarson ka Saag

Saag means “leaf” in Hindi. This saag is made by cooking spinach leaves with mustard seeds, dry red chilies, and coriander. Add some oil and cook until the greens turn bright green. Season with salt and serve hot.

Dahi Bhaji

This classic Indian snack is a perfect partner for butter chicken. Mix boiled potatoes with chopped onions, green peppers, and tomatoes. Cook until soft and mash them to make a thick paste. Spread the paste onto a piece of bread and bake at 350°F for about 10 minutes. Garnish with sliced almonds and serve warm.

Broccoli or Cauliflower Curry

A simple curry made with broccoli or cauliflower. Just steam the florets until tender, then add seasoning and let simmer.

Daal

In India, daal is often served as a main course and roti or rice. Daal is also known as lentils. Lentil soup is another popular way to enjoy daal.

Kachumber Salad

This spicy salad is a refreshing change from the usual tomato-based salads. Instead, it features cucumbers, onion, mint, and cilantro.

Mango Lassi

Lassis are yogurt drinks that originated in northern India. Traditionally, lassis were made by mixing yogurt with water and spices. Here, I’ve added mangoes to give it some sweetness.

Cabbage Salad

This cabbage salad is a delicious combination of sweet and sour flavors. The dressing adds a touch of spice to balance out the sweetness of the mangoes.

Cucumber Salad with Lemon Yogurt Dressing

Here, we have a refreshing cucumber salad with lemon yogurt dressing. This is perfect for summertime eating.

Tamarind Date Chutney

This tangy chutney pairs well with grilled meats and fish. Tamarind dates are soaked in tamarind pulp, sugar, and vinegar. After cooking, the mixture is strained and packed in jars.

How to Serve Naan Bread with Butter Chicken?

In place of forks and knives, grab long slabs of bread (in restaurants, that’s usually naan) with your right hand, pushing down on the rest with your thumb and forefinger while pulling with your other fingers.

Eat the whole mixture in one mouthful by wrapping it around the food and sauce in your main dish.

How to Make Butter Chicken?

Easy Indian Butter Chicken Recipe

There are many different variations of butter chicken, but this recipe is a favorite recipe that takes some shortcuts and makes it easier for you.

It’s a great one-pot dish that can be served with rice, roti, or naan bread as well.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt or plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons garam masala (6 teaspoons garam masala)
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Tumeric
  • 2 teaspoons ground fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cubed
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups finely diced onion (about 1 large onion)
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 15 ounces canned crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce
  • 2/3 cup chicken stock or low-sodium broth
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • optional for serving/garnish: basmati or white rice, steamed vegetables, fresh cilantro

Instructions

  1. Combine yogurt, garam masala, cumin, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and lemon juice in a mixing bowl. Stir in the chicken cubes; they should be coated in the mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour or up to a day.
  2. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onions, salt, and pepper; cook for 7-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the minced garlic and stir until all is combined.
  3. Transfer chicken and yogurt marinade to the pan, adding crushed tomatoes and chicken broth. Bring to a simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. The sauce should thicken somewhat as it cooks.
  4. Add the heavy cream, then simmer over low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add salt and pepper to taste. The chicken should be cooked through at this point.
  5. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve over rice or steamed vegetables.

How to Make Butter Chicken Spicier?

If you want more spice in your butter chicken, try adding 2 additional teaspoons of Garam Masala. You may also use a hot curry powder instead of the regular Garam Masala.

You may also add a pinch of cayenne to this dish if you prefer Indian foods with a spicy kick. A little goes a long way, so keep it in mind.

Tips for Making Butter Chicken

  • You can use boneless chicken breast in this quick butter chicken dish if you only have them on hand. On the other hand, skinless chicken thighs have a lot of flavors!
  • You may also add a pinch of cayenne to this dish if you prefer Indian foods with a spicy kick. A little goes a long way, so keep it in mind.
  • Finally, you may add whatever vegetables you like to this butter chicken dish.

FAQs

Why is butter chicken bad for you?

Butter chicken is a high-fat meal with butter and/or cream. One serving of butter chicken has about 28 grams of total fat and 12 grams of saturated fat.

Increased consumption of saturated fat leads to increased blood cholesterol levels and the risk of heart disease.

Is butter chicken supposed to be spicy?

Some people prefer their butter chicken with a kick, while others do not. If you want it spicier, add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the recipe. Start small and taste as you go! You can always add more if needed.

What is best to eat with butter chicken?

Butter chicken is excellent over rice but can also be eaten with roti or naan bread. If you’re looking for a healthier option, try steamed vegetables as a side dish.