Butter chicken or murgh makhani is a popular Indian dish based in a spiced curry sauce. Easy and utterly delicious, the chicken is usually marinated for hours in a yogurt and spice mixture that injects plenty of bold flavor. Butter chicken is traditionally cooked in a tandoor or clay oven but may also be grilled, roasted, or pan-fried.

Our favorite version of this dish is prepared in a slow-cooker and simmered on low for 4-5 hours. The prep only takes 20 minutes and then you are free to come back later for a savory and satisfying dinner. Served over brown basmati rice or with naan flatbread, this meal is Indian-inspired comfort food at its best.

Love Indian food? Try these other riffs on butter chicken at home and let us know which recipe is your favorite in the comments below!

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