Healthier Butter Chicken Recipe

✅ gluten-free ✅ dairy-free ✅ minimal oil ✅ not spicy

This is my 2nd butter chicken recipe. If you can’t have tomatoes – be sure to check out my Tomato-free Butter Chicken Recipe!

@marian_artful_tilly introduced me to a healthy gluten-free roti recipe made of gluten free oats, water and avocado oil⁣ by @ blessmyfoodbypayalclick here for oats roti recipe.

Note: Restaurant style butter chicken has a deep iron brown color due to the inclusion of a red food coloring.

🥣 2 tbsp organic ghee⁣
🥣 2 tbsp peeled ginger, finely minced⁣
🥣 2 tbsp peeled garlic, finely minced⁣
🥣 500g chicken breast, 1/2 inch cubes⁣
🥣 400g fresh tomatoes, diced⁣
🥣 1 large onion, minced⁣
🥣 1/2 cup water⁣
🥣 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut yogurt⁣
🥣 1 tbsp cumin powder⁣
🥣 3 tbsp coriander powder⁣
🥣 1 tsp maple sugar⁣*
🥣 8 raw cashew nuts⁣
🥣 1/2 tsp fenugreek leaves⁣
🥣 1/2 tsp cumin seeds ⁣
🥣 3 tsp kosher salt⁣
🥣 additional salt to taste⁣

*can substitute with maple syrup or sugar of your preference


1. Marinate chicken breast cubes with 1 tsp salt, 1 tbsp coriander powder, 1 tbsp minced ginger and 1 tbsp minced garlic for 5 mins.⁣

2. Glaze sauce pan with 1 tbsp ghee over medium high heat. ⁣

3. Add chicken pieces and its marinade into the pan. Fry until 80% cook. This is to get the water out of the raw chicken. Set chicken aside.⁣

5. Glaze sauce pan with remaining ghee. Add remaining minced ginger and garlic, cumin seeds and onions.⁣

6. Stir fry. Add cumin powder, fenugreek leaves, orcoriander powder, cashew nuts, diced tomatoes, 2 tsp kosher salt and ⁣
1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil. ⁣

7. Then simmer over medium heat. Lid covered for 15 mins.⁣

8. Transfer curry sauce to a blender. Let it cool slightly and blend until very smooth.⁣

9. Pour the curry sauce back into the sauce pan. Add chicken pieces. Cook over high heat.⁣

10. Mix in coconut yogurt and maple sugar.⁣

11. Ready to serve with rice, paratha, or your favorite rotis when curry reaches your desired consistency.⁣

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