korma butter chicken dish

Korma Butter Chicken

If you love a cuisine fusion as much as we do, you’ll enjoy this korma-butter chicken recipe that merges aromatic Indian flavours with the smoky element of a good old British BBQ. Lee from Smoke and Sear has knocked it out of the park with this amazing dish. See exactly how he does it below.  


Cooking Method

  1. In a bowl, mix the Greek yoghurt, lemon juice, turmeric, and cumin. Add the chicken thighs and ensure they’re well coated. Marinate for at least 2 hours, or overnight to get the best results. 
  2. Fire up your grill to a medium heat, aiming for a temperature of between 180C and 200C.  
  3. Place the marinated chicken thighs skin-side down above the live fire for a few minutes to get the skin nice and crispy. Once happy, insert the deflectors and carry on the rest of the cook indirectly.  
  4. Flip the chicken and continue cooking for another 15 minutes or until it is fully cooked.  
  5. In a separate pan (you can use a cast-iron skillet on the grill) melt half the butter with vegetable oil. Add onions, garlic, and ginger, and sauté until soft.  
  6. Stir in garam masala, turmeric, cumin, coriander, and sugar. Add double cream and the rest of the butter and leave to simmer for 20-30 minutes.  
  7. Add the crispy-skinned chicken to the sauce, making sure the skin stays above the sauce level to maintain its crispiness. Simmer together for around 10 minutes. 
  8. Serve with basmati rice or naan bread.  

The Ingredients

  • 1kg boneless, skin-on chicken thighs 
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped 
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, grated 
  • 400ml double cream 
  • 150g unsalted butter 
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil 
  • 2 tsp garam masala 
  • 1 tsp turmeric 
  • 1 tsp cumin 
  • 1 tsp coriander 
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar 
  • Salt to taste

For the marinade 

  • 200ml Greek yoghurt 
  • Juice of 1 lemon 
  • 1 tsp turmeric 
  • 1 tsp cumin 
  • Salt to taste 

What to serve with korma butter chicken

In this recipe the dish is served with basmati rice and/or naan bread, but there are several other tasty sides that will work well with korma butter chicken. These include: 

  • Poppadoms 
  • Bombay potatoes 
  • Onion bhajis 
  • Indian salad 
  • Samosas 

Frequently Asked Questions

Korma tends to be a richer dish due to using yogurt and cream in its ingredients and it is typically not as spicy as a curry. Curry is typically a more robust dish that utilises a wide range of herbs and spices.  

Chicken thighs are not necessarily difficult to cook but they can take longer depending on whether they’re bone in or boneless. Boneless chicken thighs can cook fairly quickly and easily, usually in around 15-20 minutes. Bone-in thighs take a bit more time, often between 25 and 30 minutes.  

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