What to Serve with Butter Chicken

What to Serve With Butter Chicken For A Big Group

Basmati rice is a variety of long-grain Indian rice that originated in India. It is known for its nutty flavor and aroma. In fact, it is sometimes called “Queen of Rice.” Another name for basmati rice is “Indian Pearl,” because of its beautiful appearance.

How Much butter Chicken for 20 People

Almost all Butter chicken that is served in restaurants comes with basmati rice. But that does not mean it is the only rice; in fact, I encourage you to experiment with the type of rice that you serve and the type of side dishes that you serve.

The reason being the complex and beautiful spices that are embedded in butter chicken will surprise you when you pair them with some of the foods below.

Top 15 Side Dishes To Serve With Butter Chicken in 2024

Butter chicken is one of my favorite Indian dishes. It’s spicy, creamy, and comforting. If you like it too, here are some ideas to serve alongside it.

1. Pilaf

Pilaf is cooked rice that doesn’t contain any onions. This makes it a great side dish for those who are allergic to onion. You can serve pilaf either hot or cold. If you want to make it warm, just add some butter or oil and heat it up over medium heat. 

The advantage of serving pilaf rice (Pulao) with butter chicken is it is not too strong in its own right. This means it blends in very nicely with the buttery chicken taste and is my second favorite choice behind the basmati rice. See how much rice you need to serve per person.

 Kachumber Salad
Kachumber Salad

2. Kachumber Salad (Vegetarian and Vegan)

This crunchy salad is full of flavor and texture. You can make it ahead of time and keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days; this makes it perfect for a side to butter chicken when you have a crowd of people coming over. It contains ingredients like cucumbers, tomatoes, lemon juice, and chilies.

3. Vegetables

Vegetables are one of the most popular types of food in the world, according to the World Health Organization. 

This dish is can be made for vegetarians too because it doesn’t contain meat if you swap the chicken out for Jackfruit and then pair it with some of the vegetable combinations below.

4. Broccoli Or Cauliflower

Cauliflower and broccoli are both members of the cruciferous family, which includes cabbage, kale, collard greens, and brussels sprouts. They also have similar nutritional benefits. Both are high in fiber, vitamin K, folate, potassium, manganese, magnesium, and vitamin B6. Both contain antioxidants, too. And broccoli is loaded with vitamins A and C, plus iron.

Cooking tips:

• To make it easier to cut up the florets, freeze them for 30 minutes. 

• If you’re roasting broccoli, add a little oil to the pan. This helps prevent sticking. Roasted Broccoli is especially popular with Butter Chicken; just make extra gravy. See our Butter Chicken recipe for a crowd and how much to serve per person

• You can use frozen broccoli instead of regular broccoli; just thaw out the florets before cooking.

• Try adding garlic and ginger to your next stir fry.

• Don’t throw away the stems. Chop them up and toss into the butter chicken

5. Aloo Gobi

Aloo gobi is a mixture of potatoes and cauliflower. This dish is very popular among Indian people and is served during festivals like Holi. This is one of the best dishes you can serve with the main Butter Poultry dish

You can add other veggies such as carrots, peas, beans, green chilies etc. to make it even tastier.

Roasted Asparagus
Roasted Asparagus

6. Roasted Asparagus

Asparagus is one of those vegetables that people either love or hate. If you fall into the latter category, we recommend roasting some of it. This way, you’ll be able to enjoy its unique flavor without having to deal with the slimy texture. To do this, simply cut off the ends of each spear and place in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle olive oil over the spears and sprinkle salt and pepper over the tops. Bake at 400 degrees F for about 15 minutes, turning once halfway through cooking. You can serve it immediately.

If you’re looking for something different, try adding lemon juice to the water used to steam the asparagus. Lemon adds brightness to the dish, while the acidity cuts down on the bitterness.

7. Daal

– A Perfect Pairing For Butter Chicken”

The combination of butter chicken and daal is one of India’s most popular dishes. Daal is a stew consisting of lentils, chickpeas, or split mung dal, and does not overpower the main entree.

8. Chutney

This recipe uses vegetables, herbs and spices to create a tasty chutney. This recipe makes a great accompaniment to butter chicken. It can also be added to the bread or roti to produce some unique flavors when mixed with the gravy.

9. Onion Rings

Onion rings are a great substitute to naan bread. They go well with any kind of curry sauce, but most importantly, they pair perfectly with Butter Chicken.

Onion Rings
Onion Rings

10.  Naan Bread

Naan bread is usually made from whole wheat flour mixed with yogurt.  It is probably the most common side choice for eating with butter chicken, regardless of whether it is homemade or you purchase Indian takeaway’s on a Friday night.

11. Garlic Bread

This is one of my favorite recipes because it is easy to make and you don’t need much ingredients. I use Italian bread, but you can use whatever type of bread you want. If you are looking for something different try adding some herbs like oregano or rosemary.

12. Sagg

Saag is a dish that pairs well with naan and butter chicken. Saag is a dish made with lush green vegetables.

Spinach, mustard and collard greens, and even roughly sliced broccoli may all be used to make it. The curdled Indian cheese paneer may sometimes be added.

Consider this recipe to be creamed spinach with an Indian touch.

It has a lot of spices and tastes, as many other Indian meals do, but the addition of the leafy veggies will set it apart from the competition.

13. Samosa 

Samosas really are a fantastic choice for an Indian appetizer. They are these beautiful baked or fried pastries stuffed with tasty ingredients like cheese, pork, lentils, or seasoned potatoes and onions.

14. Raita

Raita is a wonderfully tasty side dish that is great with Butter Chicken as well as any other Indian cuisine.

Thick yogurt, cucumbers, curry paste, and finely chopped fresh cilantro are combined to make it.

It has a wonderful flavor and a creamy texture while yet feeling cool.

After consuming a hot Indian meal, raita is very beneficial for soothing your palate.

You may top it with some toasted pine nuts for an additional crispy texture to enhance it even more.

15. Yellow Dal

Yellow split lentils, tomatoes, onions, chillies, coriander, and cumin are used to make yellow dal, also known as daal or dahl. This major dish-size side dish, which is high in protein, has a thick soup-like consistency.

In India, a lentil curry is a go-to comfort meal. When choosing what to offer with Butter Chicken, it’s a fantastic option. When cooked, the yellow lentils soften and give the food an additional layer of creaminess. While the tomato and onions provide some sweetness to counteract the butter chicken’s spicy flavours.