Monday, August 4, 2014

Healthy Indian Butter Chicken

Whenever I hear people say Butter Chicken, I can't help but think of a dish that is creamy, filling and very high in fat. (Oh and delicious of course!) I love Indian Food and have always loved Butter Chicken but wanted to try to make a lighter version. I decided to serve it on quinoa instead of rice to add an even healthier twist.

I found this version on Pinterest and wanted to give it a try. Thanks to Jessiker Bakes for the original post. (and her photos are way better!)

Let me know what you think!


  • 1 ½ tablespoons coconut oil
  • 4 tsp garam masala (available at grocery store)
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp of curry powder
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 carrots,
  • 1/2 cup diced sweet potatoes (optional)
  • 1/2 cup diced eggplant (optional)
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 14 oz coconut milk
  • 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
  • 2 chicken breasts, chopped into bite size pieces

  1. In a large pan over medium high heat, heat the coconut oil. Add the onions, carrots and sweet potato and sauté for about 5 minutes until translucent.
  2. While this is cooking, mix the 2 teaspoons of the garam masala, ground ginger, chill powder, and the curry powder together. Add this to the sautéed onions and cook for about 30 seconds.
  3. Stir in the coconut milk tomato paste and the whole wheat flour, stirring for about 15 seconds to incorporate everything.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce to a simmer and cook together for about 5 minutes, allowing the mixture to thicken.
  5. Add the chicken, covering it with the sauce. The chicken will reduce the flavouring of the sauce, so add the remaining garam masala and salt and pepper.
  6. Bring the mixture to a boil one more time, and then reduce to medium heat for 8 minutes until the chicken has cooked.
  7. Reduce the heat to simmer when the chicken has cooked, and allow to sit in the sauce for 10 more minutes to allow the flavours to soak into the chicken.
  8. Serve on hot quinoa.


  1. certainly looks more healthy than the PC brand of curry sauce. looking forward to trying this one!!

  2. Sounds amazing. Will try it out tonight =)

    Might add pineapples.

  3. Let me know how it goes with pineapples :)

  4. They added some nice texture... kids begging for it tonight so time for another round !

  5. Just seeing this - so glad you enjoyed my recipe!

  6. My guest loved this dish and so did I! It was savoury and satiating. My guest had two helpings which is rare in this individual!! Keep those recipes coming Kate.