How to make Butterfly Chicken -

These butterflies taste as good as they look

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Boneless chicken (हड्डी रहित चिकन), Medium potatoes

Cuisine : Fusion

Course : Snacks and Starters

Butterfly Chicken

Butterfly Chicken Recipe Card


Hindi: murgh
Be a kid or a teenage or an adult or an oldie, chicken lovers trend all over the world at all times! One meat that is a favourite of all beyond belief! When cooked, it can be presented in many guises. Sauté it, fry it, toss it, bake it, steam it – eat it the way you want to. Whatever its form may be upon being cooked, its flavour may change but its flesh remains high in protein, low in fat and can be digested easily.

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Butterfly Chicken Recipe

  • Boneless chicken cut into 1 inch pieces 400 grams

  • Medium potatoes cut into thin slices 2

  • Ginger-garlic paste 1 tablespoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Crushed black peppercorns to taste

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Chaat masala 1/2 teaspoon

  • Black salt (kala namak) to taste

  • Soy sauce 1 teaspoon

  • Red chilli sauce 1 teaspoon

  • Lemon juice 2 teaspoons

  • Red chilli paste 1 tablespoon

  • Butter 1 tablespoon

  • Cornflour/ corn starch 3 tablespoons

  • Refined flour (maida) 3 tablespoons

  • Oil to deep fry


Step 1

Put chicken pieces in a bowl. Add ginger-garlic paste, salt, crushed peppercorns, chilli powder, chaat masala, black salt, soy sauce, red chilli sauce, lemon juice, red chilli paste and butter and mix well. Add cornflour and refined flour, mix well and set aside to marinate for 2 hours.

Step 2

Keep a piece of marinated chicken in the centre of each potato slice, bring two opposite sides together and pass a toothpick through the potato slice and the chicken piece to make butterflies.

Step 3

Heat sufficient oil in a kadai. Deep-fry these butterflies till golden-brown. Drain on absorbent paper.

Step 4

Serve hot with Szechuan chutney.

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