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Healthy Butter Chicken Recipe

Clean and Simple Butter Chicken

  • Author: Meghan Telpner
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


A cleaned up and simple gluten-free and dairy-free butter chicken recipe loaded with healing spices and vegetables.


  • 1/4 cup ghee or coconut oil
  • 1 large red onion, coarsely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 Tbsp curry powder
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 4 chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 cups full fat organic coconut milk
  • 1 large sweet potato, cut into 1/2 inch cubes (about 2 1/2 cups worth)
  • 1 cup green peas (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped cauliflower
  • 1 bunch cilantro or sprouts (for garnish)
  • Lime wedges for serving


  1. In a medium pot, heat oil and add onions, garlic and ginger. Sautee until onions are translucent.
  2. Add curry powder, chilli powder, garam masala, paprika and sea salt. Stir until combined.
  3. Add chicken and cook for 5-8 minutes until chicken is no longer pink on the outside.
  4. Add water, tomato paste, coconut milk, sweet potato, peas and cauliflower. Simmer for 20 minutes, until sweet potato is fork tender.
  5. Serve over rice, cauliflower rice or on its own.
  6. Garnish with cilantro or sprouts and a lime wedge.


This is a great freezer meal! Keep some for dinner and freeze the rest.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Entree
  • Cuisine: Indian