HEALTHY BUTTER CHICKEN

March 10, 2022

Healthy Butter Chicken

I love Indian food and butter chicken is high of my list! This Healthy Butter Chicken actually has no butter or heavy cream (for all of us that can't handle dairy), which also makes it lower in fat than the traditional recipe. Even so, it's incredibly delicious with warm curry spices, tender chicken, and a rich creamy tomato sauce. This recipe is perfect for meal prep and tastes even better the next day! Now, this isn't "traditional" butter chicken and it's not trying to be! It's just a simplified, macro-friendly version with similar flavors.

Did you know? Turmeric contains curcumin, an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound. It's fat soluble, meaning it's best absorbed with dietary fats (like this meal contains). (source)

Healthy Butter ChickenChoosing the best chicken

When it comes to chicken, I always look for "organic" or "pasture-raised" with "no antibiotics ever." This means that the chickens were raised in an open-air environment apart from diseased birds. 

You can use either chicken breasts or chicken thighs for this recipe, but I went with thighs because they're so juicy and tender. Plus, thighs are typically a little cheaper! Chicken breasts would lower the fat content per serving, however.

Healthy Butter Chicken

What spices do I need for butter chicken?

I have seen recipes that call for a lot of different spices, but I kept things simple, I just used turmeric, garam masala (an Indian spice blend), ground cumin, chili powder and cinnamon. Five spices is even a lot if you ask me! But it turned out amazing. These are all spices you can find in your local grocery's spice aisle.

Replacing the butter and cream

Instead of butter, I used avocado oil, which has a mild buttery flavor. Instead of heavy cream, I used light coconut milk. You could use full fat coconut milk, but I was trying to keep the fat in check with the chicken thighs being higher in fat. 

Healthy Butter ChickenVegetables for butter chicken

For the vegetables, I went with onion, carrots, and red bell pepper. Of course there's also tomato puree in the sauce (can sub tomato sauce). Always trying to squeeze in veggies wherever I can! Feel free to use whatever veggies you have on hand or prefer. Cauliflower or peas are often added to curries, too.

Healthy Butter Chicken

How to serve

I served this Healthy Butter Chicken over basmati rice with fresh cilantro and garlic naan. If you're gluten-free, of course skip the naan! But it's such a dreamy and satisfying meal. I can't wait to make it again!

Here's the recipe for my Healthy Butter Chicken. I hope you'll rate or comment below if you try it ;)

This post contains affiliate links. 

 

 

star




Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Blog

COOKIES & CREAM PROTEIN BALLS (DAIRY FREE)
COOKIES & CREAM PROTEIN BALLS (DAIRY FREE)

May 21, 2024

These Cookies & Cream Protein Balls are the perfect after dinner treat with a boost of protein. Who knew you could have dairy free cookies and cream with white chocolate?! These no-bake balls are also gluten free and low in sugar. They're easy to whip up and loved by the whole family!

View full article →

Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps
THAI TURKEY LETTUCE WRAPS

May 19, 2024

Who else loves Thai food? These Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps are one of those meals we have on repeat because they’re so delicious and satisfying! I just love the savory turkey, fresh veggies, and crunchy peanuts. Not to mention, the peanut sauce is “lick-the-plate” good! These Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps are dairy-free, gluten-free, and high in protein. For a vegan version, try crumbled tempeh or meatless crumbles instead of turkey.

View full article →

S'mores Collagen Protein Blondies
S'MORES COLLAGEN PROTEIN BLONDIES

May 07, 2024

The collagen protein bar obsession continues! These S’mores Collagen Protein Blondies have a gooey, chewy blondie texture loaded with cinnamon graham flavor, chocolate and marshmallows, just like everyone’s favorite camping treat. BUT these decadent bars are gluten free and dairy free with way more protein and way less sugar!

View full article →

Get my FREE meal prep guide!

Get family-friendly recipes, nutrition tips and faith-based inspiration delivered straight to your inbox.