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Butter Chicken Wings for Savannah

Loreto August 26, 2020

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Butter Chicken Wings for Savannah. You want to talk about layers of flavor! Well, when you bite into one of these wings you will be transported straight to the promise land. Dry spice meets rich butter sauce in an entanglement of texture and deliciousness! All thanks to my granddaughter Savannah!

Song of the day: “India Inspired” by Loreto Nardelli.

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Butter Chicken Wings for Savannah, this dish is all about building flavors first from marinating the wings, secondly grilling them on the barbecue, and lastly having them simmer and be cuddled by a delicious butter sauce! The end result mind-blowing! How’s that for mouth-watering!


“India Inspired” by me, Loreto Nardelli

I never thought of that!

I wish I could say that this recipe was my idea but happily I can say no. Actually it was my granddaughter Savannah. One day they were having butter chicken for supper and Savannah said to me can you make me butter chicken wings. Naturally, I said most definitely, and my passion for Indian cuisine was reignited and the wheels of spices and wings began to swirl in that 6 lane highway I call my mind!

Butter chicken wings-wings-and-spices

Building flavors!

To me when I think of Indian cuisine, blends of spices always come to mind. Look at the colors of those spices, vibrant, aromatic and so delicious when combined. The key is to develop a paste with the spices and that is done first by sauteing some onions, minced ginger, and garlic,  then swirling in the spices creating a wonderfully aromatic paste.

Butter chicken wings-onion-in-the-pan-and-spices

First marinade

We want to first develop the flavors in the chicken wings by seasoning them with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika.

Next, the marinade, which is a combination of toasting the spices with ginger and garlic. The aroma is unbelievable. You are probably asking what spices are you using for marinating these wings in this recipe for  Butter Chicken Wings for Savannah? Well, let me tell you:

  • ground coriander
  • turmeric
  • cumin seeds
  • yellow curry
  • garam masala
  • fenugreek leaves
  • lime leaves
  • chili powder
  • white pepper

Saucy and sultry

What I do is toast the spices with ginger and garlic. Toss that into a mortar and pestle and mash it up real good. Back into the pan it goes with some ghee, which is clarified butter. We add in the yogurt and a beautiful golden sauce begins to form similar to an elevated cream, which is going to make your mouth water! 

That sauce goes onto the already seasoned wings moreover, don’t be scared, get your hands into the action, and massage all that loveliness into the wings. That can go into the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight if you want.

Butter Chicken Wings-adding marinade to wings

The butter sauce!

What you will need for the butter sauce is:

  • ghee
  • minced onion
  • grated ginger
  • minced garlic
  • cinnamon
  • turmeric
  • ground coriander
  • ground fenugreek leaves
  • allspice
  • ground cumin seeds
  • onion powder
  • chili powder
  • white pepper
  • garam masala
  • paprika
  • lime leaves
  • bay leaves
  • crushed stewed tomatoes
  • coconut cream

The sauce

In a saucepan heat up some ghee with the onions, garlic, and ginger. Once the onions have gotten all soft and translucent, time to add in all those spices to create that paste again. Time to add in the tomatoes and then the coconut cream. Furthermore, some loving stirs and you will begin to see a wonderful butter sauce form. 

While the sauce simmers

Let’s recap! We have the wings marinating in the fridge, similarly, our butter sauce is getting all acquainted with the spices simmering in a pan. Now it is time to grill the wings to get a nice crust and some caramelization happening! Take a look, don’t you want to just bite into one of these wings?  I am sure our neighbors are smelling all those wonderful aromas floating into the ether! 

Grilled wings meet butter sauce

We are down to the final steps of this recipe. It is time for the wings to meet the sauce, as a result,  I am getting so hungry! Slowly and lovingly each wing drops into the sauce and I watch intently as the wings sink and disappear getting hugged by this most wonderfully rich sauce. The only thing left is to lower the heat, cover, and let that just cook for an hour or so.

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Time to taste!

When I lift off this lid I am wafted by this exotic aroma of spices and sauce. I see the wings nestled in the sauce and those beautiful colors enticing my appetite! I just have to take a wing and try it!

Butter chicken wings-one-in-hand

OMG! The butter sauce is exquisite! I can taste all the spices swirling on my tongue and beautifully balanced with the tomato and coconut cream. The chicken tender and moist and just falling off the bone. That char is still present with that spice crust and it plays wonderfully with the sauce. I am so enjoying these and very excited for you to try them.

Savannah’s feedback!

Nicoletta and I brought the wings to Savannah and we waited patiently for her to try one. My daughter Alexa was pretty excited to get her hands on one too. Needless to say, they were loved. Savannah was licking her lips and ate up the wing quickly. She didn’t mind the heat, although I didn’t make them too spicy anyway. She is definitely a foodie in the making. Alexa and her husband Rod too enjoyed these wings, even Arissa, the latest addition to our family, was kicking her legs and making sounds of excitement, however, she is still too young to eat something like this. After we left the wings were devoured, and we were very happy that these Butter Chicken Wings for Savannah were a hit!

Final thoughts

It is a beautiful thing, culture, and food that is. It makes the world feel closer together in a time where physically we are so apart.  Inspiration comes in many ways and sometimes surprisingly! Furthermore, I want to thank my lovely granddaughter Savannah who always brings plenty of smiles to Nicoletta and me. Moreover, for her request for these Butter Chicken Wings for Savannah!  It was a lot of fun making them and I so enjoyed the process!

P.S. I made a vegetarian version of this recipe for Nicoletta. I just substituted firm tofu for the chicken wings. It was equally fantastic!

I sure do hope you try this recipe. If you do would love to hear your feedback!


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Butter Chicken Wings for Savannah

  • Author: Loreto
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: serves 4 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: stove top /grill
  • Cuisine: Indian fusion


Butter Chicken Wings for Savannah. You want to talk about layers of flavor! Well, when you bite into one of these wings you will be transported straight to the promise land. Dry spice meets rich butter sauce in an entanglement of texture and deliciousness! All thanks to my granddaughter Savannah!



  • 600 g chicken wings

Seasonings for wings:

  • A sprinkling of salt and white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon each of onion powder, garlic powder, paprika

The marinade:

  • 1/2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp each of turmeric powder, cumin seeds, yellow curry powder, garam masala.
  • 1/2 tsp fenugreek leaves
  • 2 dried lime leaves
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp ghee
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp yogurt (I used plain Greek yogurt)

Butter sauce:

  • 1 small onion minced
  • 1 Tbsp grated ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp each of turmeric powder, ground coriander seeds, ground fenugreek leaves, allspice, onion
  • powder, and garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • salt to taste
  • Pinch of paprika
  • 2 lime leaves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 450 ml can of stewed tomatoes pureed
  • 1 small can of coconut cream


  • Freshly chopped cilantro


The chicken:

  1. Wash and pat dry the wings. Sprinkle with salt, white pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and paprika. Turn wings over and do the same to the other side and toss to make sure wings are well seasoned.
  2. In a medium sauce pan heat up all the spices with the ginger and garlic till it begins to smoke a bit. Place the spices into the mortar and pestle leaving the bay leaves and lime leaves in to pan.
  3. Grind the spices, ginger, and garlic and place back in the pan and pour in the ghee. Heat for about 1 minute then add the yogurt. Stir until it becomes a thickened sauce, then take off heat.
  4. Pour over wings once cooled and massage marinade into the wings until well coated. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for a couple of hours.

Butter sauce:

  1. In a pan saute onions, garlic, and ginger on medium heat, with the ghee for about 2 minutes or until onions begin to soften.
  2. Slowly add in all the spices and stir until it begins to toast and smoke a bit around 1 minute. Take spice mix out of pan leaving the lime and bay leaves in pan. Place spices into a mortar and pestle and grind into a paste. Toss paste back into pan and add ghee. Saute on medium heat for 1 minute then pour in yogurt. Stir until a beautiful consistent color happens. Take off heat and cool.
  3. Pour marinade over wings and toss well until wings are well coated.
  4. Cover with plastic and place in the fridge for 2 hours.

Butter sauce:

  1. In a medium sauce pan heat up ghee. Toss in garlic, ginger and onions and saute for 2 minutes or until onions have softened.
  2. Slowly add all the spices and seasoning and stir until it begins to form a paste.
  3. Add in tomatoes, stir and then add in coconut cream. Stir again until well incorporated. Cover and lower heat to a simmer. Cook for about 20 minutes.


  1. Take wings out of fridge. Pre-heat barbecue to around 400 degrees F. Place a perforated grilling tray on barbecue and heat for about 1 minute. Pour some vegetable oil onto some paper towel and rub onto grilling tray coating it well. Place wings on tray and cook for 3 minutes watching them closely so they don’t burn. turn over and cook for an additional 3 minutes or until a beautiful golden brown crust forms on the surface. Take off grill.

Final step:

  1. Take wings and put into the butter sauce that is simmering on the stove. Spoon sauce over so wings are submerged into the sauce. Cover and cook on low heat for 1 hour. Check often and stir to make sure sauce is not sticking to the bottom of the pan and burning.
  2. Take wings out of the pan and place on a serving platter. Pour sauce over  and garnish with some freshly chopped cilantro.
  3. Ready to serve.



You can marinate the wings overnight if you wish.

If you like your sauce a bit spicier, then you could add in more red chili powder or fresh chopped red chilis.

The wings could also be baked in the oven on a nonstick pan at 400 degrees F if you don’t have a barbecue.

If you are vegetarian, no worries, just substitute firm tofu for the chicken wings.

You can serve this with some nice Basmati rice or naan bread.

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    Reply Marta August 27, 2020 at 8:39 am

    Butter chicken is my go-to dish whenever we eat at an Indian restaurant, but I’d never think to turn them into wings. This is now one of my favorite dishes.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto August 29, 2020 at 9:47 am

      That’s fantastic! So glad you liked them and so happy that it has become your favorite. Makes me feel really good and also my granddaughter is so happy they are being well received!
      Thank you!

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    Reply veenaazmanov August 28, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Delicious recipe. Love all the yummy spices that go into making this awesome dish. Perfect dish for a party. Creamy and yum.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto August 29, 2020 at 9:45 am

      Thank you! You are so right. I think these would be the hit of any party and true so creamy and tender!

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    Reply Jenny August 28, 2020 at 8:20 am

    My husband went crazy over these, they were so good! He is a huge wings fan and said that these were his favorite ever. Thanks so much!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto August 29, 2020 at 9:42 am

      Wow, I am over the top happy to hear that these were loved. I too am a big wing fan and these are too my all time favorite. So glad my grand daughter asked me to create these!
      Thanks for giving them a try and enjoying them so much!

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    Reply Amy Liu Dong August 28, 2020 at 8:30 am

    Wow! These looks so delicious, the finished product is making me crave for this already. The sauce you’ve make for this chicken wings is so amazing, it really blend with it well. Loved it, and will definitely make this at home.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto August 29, 2020 at 9:40 am

      Thank you Amy so glad it is making you crave them! They are just so flavorful and melt in your mouth. I have to say a bit of a messy affair, but well worth it. Extra napkins a must! Lol!
      Have fun making these, truly a labor of love!

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    Reply Mama Maggie's Kitchen August 29, 2020 at 8:27 pm

    My husband will surely love this Indian Fusion recipe. This Butter Chicken Wings looks absolutely yummy!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto September 10, 2020 at 7:16 am

      Thank you Maggie, yes love fusion cuisine. It brings us as a diverse culture closer together. A much needed thing these day!
      Have a wonderful cooking week in your kitchen!

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    Reply Ramona August 30, 2020 at 7:05 am

    These butter chicken wings look delishious! I wanted to make this recipe for quite some time now and when I found your recipe, I never thought of doing chicken wings. The variety of spices that you included make my mouth drool and crave for this dish! I cant wait to make this dish for me and my family tonight. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto September 10, 2020 at 7:14 am

      Hi Ramona, how did it go with this recipe. Was the family licking their fingers? I hope so. Thank you for trying it, makes us very happy!

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    Reply sara August 30, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    These wings look amazing. I have just recently tried butter chicken and let me tell you, I am in love. So good! I can’t wait to try your easy to follow recipe!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto September 10, 2020 at 7:13 am

      Thank you Sara. You reminded me of my first time trying butter chicken. It was amazing rich, spicy saucy, my mouth is watering. I took all that experience and massaged it into each of those wings. Have fun and so happy to hear that you find this recipe easy to follow!
      Happy cooking!

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    Reply Jamie August 30, 2020 at 11:29 pm

    Wow these look so delectable! I love your easy to follow photos and tips for baking these in the oven! I think I’ll add extra spice to mine like you suggested. I’ve saved this to my recipe list for this week! Thank you!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto September 10, 2020 at 7:11 am

      Thank you Jamie. We are always trying to give lots of to follow picture to make it easy to make. yes please do add more spice. Can’t wait for you to try!
      Have fun!

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    Reply Laura Arteaga August 30, 2020 at 11:52 pm

    Little ones feedbacks are amazing! Our 18 month old toddler is the hardest but most honest critic we have in the kitchen. This recipe looks super yummy I can´t wait to try!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto September 10, 2020 at 7:10 am

      Thank you Laura, you are so right the little ones are brutishly honest, but too cute! I can’t wait for you to try this, it is so so finger licking good!

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    Reply Alexa August 31, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    Amazing flavour!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto September 10, 2020 at 7:08 am

      Thank you Alexa, thanks to Savannah for the idea. It was made with lots of creativity and love!

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