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Can You Freeze Butter Chicken? How To Freeze Leftovers!

Norah Clark
Butter chicken

You can freeze butter chicken for 3-4 months in an airtight container. It is recommended to store it in individual portions.

Indian cuisine is widely loved and celebrated for its rich blend of spices and flavors.

One of the most sought-after Indian dishes is butter chicken.

As an experienced chef who has made countless Indian dishes over the years, butter chicken is one of the easiest to prepare and freeze.

If you love butter chicken and often make large batches, you may wonder how to store the leftovers.

I’ll will guide you through an easy step-by-step procedure to freeze your butter chicken for later use.

What Is Butter Chicken?

Butter chicken, also known as Murgh Makhani in India, is a popular Indian recipe featuring marinated chicken cooked in a clay oven and served with a tomato and cream curry.

The taste of butter chicken is similar to that of Tikka Masala or Chicken Korma but with a primary distinction in that the sauce is made with tomatoes.

According to some sources, the Punjabi dish has been consumed for many centuries, dating back to the Mughal Empire.

Others believe it is more contemporary and became famous in the 1950s thanks to Moti Mahal, a Punjabi restaurant in Delhi.

As the story goes, the chefs at Moti Mahal used the leftover marinade for their roasted tandoori chicken by adding butter and tomatoes and seasoning the chicken pieces with the resulting sauce.

This is how the dish became an extremely sought-after part of Indian cuisine in the Western world today.

The Best Way To Freeze Butter Chicken

While some Indian curry dishes don’t freeze well, butter chicken is not one of them. It’s easy to freeze and store for later use.

Here’s how to freeze butter chicken:

1. Cook The Sauce

Prepare the sauce according to the recipe and add it to the cooked chicken.

While homemade sauce with freshly prepared ingredients is more delicious, pre-made mixes can be used as a time-saving option.

2. Cool The Dish and Prepare Containers

It’s important to cool the cooked butter chicken before freezing, but avoid keeping it at room temperature for too long to prevent bacterial growth.

Allow it to cool for no more than an hour.

You have three options for containers:

  • Sealable bags
  • Airtight sealed containers
  • Disposable aluminum foil dishes

We will show you the steps to freeze using foil in the next step.

3. Freeze The Butter Chicken

To freeze, divide the butter chicken into small portions to make it easier to thaw later.

Use freezer bags or airtight containers, and remove as much air as possible to prevent freezer burn.

If using foil pans, cover with freezer-friendly plastic wrap or aluminum foil.

Make sure the wrap covers the dish completely, and then add the sauce and butter chicken before wrapping again with aluminum foil.

Stored properly, frozen butter chicken can remain fresh and safe to eat for up to three to four months.

4. Freezing The Sauce and Chicken Separately

If you are wondering whether to freeze the sauce and chicken separately, I generally prefer to freeze sauces in separate containers.

This way, it is much easier to address any issues that might arise.The other ingredients may not freeze as well when combined with sauces.

However, butter chicken can be frozen exceptionally even when still its sauce.

Chicken can easily dry out from freezing, but the sauce helps to prevent this.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I freeze butter chicken made with cream?

Yes, you can freeze butter chicken made with cream. It is best to store it in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag and consume it within 2-3 months for best results.

How long will butter chicken last in the fridge?

Butter chicken can last for up to 4-5 days in the fridge when stored in an airtight container.

How long to reheat frozen butter chicken?

To reheat frozen butter chicken, it is best to thaw it in the fridge overnight before reheating it in the microwave or on the stovetop until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C). This usually takes about 5-10 minutes.

Can you save leftover butter chicken?

Yes, you can save leftover butter chicken by storing it in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. However, it is important to follow proper food storage and handling guidelines to ensure its safety and quality.

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Norah Clark

Norah Clark, Editor of Boyd Hampers! Norah is a food writer with over a decade of experience in hospitality as a pastry chef, sous chef, and barista; former chef at the Savoy Hotel, Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons and Plaza Hotel.

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