Figure out what to serve with butter chicken, a popular Indian main dish, using this collection of the best sides for butter chicken. These recipes are perfect for the Indian food lover who wants to try to make some authentic side dishes at home.
I love Indian cuisine. The crispy crunch of fried onion bhaji, the sweet tang of tamarind chutney, and the fresh flavor created by so many spices are amazing.
As a home cook, I wanted to try making Indian food at home. So, this collection includes popular Indian restaurant favorites that make a great side dish generally, but also for butter chicken.
What Is Butter Chicken?
Butter chicken (also called Murgh Makhani and Chicken Makhani) is a classic Indian dish made with a rich butter and tomato sauce. As a tomato-based chicken curry, it’s similar to chicken tikka masala, but it is not spicy.
Common main ingredients in an Indian butter chicken recipe include chicken thighs (or chicken breasts), tomato paste, ginger garlic paste, spices like garam masala, yogurt, and heavy cream.
At a minimum, it’s served with garlic bread naan and rice. I’m including those as well as some other options in this collection of the best side dishes for butter chicken.
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What To Serve With Butter Chicken
Figure out what to serve with butter chicken using this collection of the best sides for butter chicken. Includes a collection of vegetable, bread, sauce, and rice dishes to make your very own Indian feast.
You need 6 ingredients to make this fluffy, sweet, and garlicky Indian bread. It’s easy to make even without a clay (tandoor oven). I love to use it to slop up the unique flavor of butter chicken sauce.
Creamy cucumber raita is the real deal if you’re wondering what to serve with butter chicken. This easy recipe requires 8 basic ingredients like thick yogurt. I use this on everything because it adds a bright fresh taste to the entire meal.
If you need easy and tasty low-carb sides for butter chicken, cauliflower rice pilaf is a perfect option. You need 5 ingredients for this one and the savory flavor is mild enough to go great with butter chicken's creamy sauce.
Air fryer green beans—one of the easiest and quickest sides for butter chicken. You’ll need 5 ingredients and less than 15 minutes to get it done. This is a great idea if you just want something super simple to enjoy your butter chicken with.
Whip up an easy, tasty cauliflower side in about 20 minutes. You’ll need only 5 ingredients to make this low-carb accompaniment for butter chicken. Since the spices are flexible, you can give it an Indian twist by using your favorite Indian spice blend. One of my personal favorites is Indian Five Spice.
Enjoy something sweet and creamy alongside your favorite butter chicken dish. Mango lassi is a perfect drink that takes as little as 10 minutes to make. You might be wondering why I included a drink, but, for me, this is part of making a delicious meal.
These Indian balls of sweetness will brighten the darkest of days. They are sweet, spongy and simply the best way to close out Indian meals.
What are some traditional sides to serve with Butter Chicken?
Naan bread and rice are both popular side dishes that pair well with Butter Chicken. Naan bread is great for soaking up the rich sauce, while rice helps to balance out the flavors.
Can I serve vegetables with Butter Chicken?
Absolutely! A side of roasted or grilled vegetables, like eggplant, bell peppers, or zucchini, can help add some freshness to the meal and provide a healthy crunch.
What drink pairs well with Butter Chicken?
A glass of chilled white wine, like a Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, can be a great complement to the flavors of Butter Chicken. Alternatively, a refreshing mango lassi can help cool down any heat you add to the dish.
Are there any other types of bread I can serve with Butter Chicken besides naan?
Yes! Roti and paratha are two other types of Indian bread that pair well with Butter Chicken. I’ve included a few recipes in this collection.
Can I serve a salad with Butter Chicken?
Yes! A light salad with fresh greens, like spinach or arugula, can help balance out the richness of the dish. You’ll also find options like cucumber salad included in the list.