Nourished U: Butter Chicken

Who doesn’t love a warm, comforting, delicious curry in the winter?

This recipe is adapted from Pete Evans Butter Chicken recipe and has quickly become a staple in our Nourished U house. During the winter we make it once a fortnight. It's a great meal to double for thermos lunches and freezing for another night’s meal.

Why is it good?

Onion, garlic, turmeric and ginger are immune boosting and anti inflammatory ingredients. Did you know that onion and garlic are great 'pre-biotics' for our gut? This means that the friendly bacteria in our gut positively thrive on them!


  • 2 tsp garam masala

  • 1 tsp ground cardamom

  • 1 tsp ground coriander

  • 1 tsp ground ginger

  • 1 tsp ground cumin

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • 1 to 2 pinches of cayenne pepper (optional)

  • 2 tsp ground turmeric

  • 2 tbsp ghee or coconut oil

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed

  • 4 tbsp tomato paste

  • 1 tsp sea salt

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

  • 1 x 400 ml can coconut cream

  • 1 kg chicken thigh fillets in bite-sized pieces

How do I cook this?

  1. Measure and mix all the ground spices together into a jar.

  2. Heat the oil or ghee in a large saucepan over a medium heat.

  3. Add the onions and sauté for 5 minutes until translucent.

  4. Turn the heat down to low and stir in the garlic. Saute for two minutes and then add in the spices and mix till fragrant.

  5. Add the tomato paste, salt and lemon juice and cook for one minute.

  6. Add coconut cream and mix well.

  7. Turning the heat up to medium, bring the sauce to a simmer.

  8. Add the chicken and stir well into the sauce mixture.

  9. Cover the pan with a lid. Cook on a low heat for 50-60 minutes. (I sometimes leave the lid off, if I want a thicker rather than watery consistency and cook a little longer). Be sure to regularly stir the curry to avoid it sticking to the saucepan bottom if cooking longer.

  10. Serve with cauliflower rice and steamed broccoli and garnish with coriander or with cucumber, avocado and fresh tomato. Enjoy!


  • Make extra spice mix so you don't have to measure it out when you go to make it next time.

  • If you are local to the Moonee Valley area, Graina located at Moonee Ponds Central have the best garam masala spice mix I know of!

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