Indian Butter Chicken

Indian Butter Chicken

Chicken in a spicy and creamy sauce.

Also known as «Chicken Makhani», it is a classic Indian dish with many different versions. This one I have inherited from my grandmother and adapted to be made with no butter and lactose-free

4 servings
Preparation 15 min
Cooking 30 min

340 calories per serving 


2 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, diced   600 g
3 tbsp margarine non-hydrogenated   40 g
1 onions, finely chopped   200 g
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon   1 g
2 tsp gingerroot, grated   9 g
1 clove garlic, crushed    
3 cardamom pods   1 g
1 tsp turmeric   3 g
1/2 dried chili peppers, minced   0.4 g
1 tbsp tomato paste   15 mL
1/4 cup slivered almonds, finely ground   18 g
1/2 cup canned tomatoes (diced)   130 g
1/2 cup soy yogurt   130 g
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk   65 mL
3 tbsp fresh cilantro [optional]   6 g
1 pinch salt [optional]   0.1 g
  ground pepper to taste    


  1. Cut the chicken breasts into cubes then set aside.
  2. In a large pan, heat the margarine over medium-high heat. Sauté the finely chopped onion and cinnamon 3-4 min then add the grated ginger, crushed garlic, cardamom pods, turmeric and minced chili pepper. Cook 1 min with constant stirring. Add the chicken pieces and sauté until they lose their pink colour. Add the tomato paste, ground almonds and diced tomatoes. Stir, cover, lower the heat and simmer about 25 min.
  3. In the meantime, mix the soy-yogurt and coconut milk in a small bowl. Add the mixture to the pan at the very end and cook an additional 1-2 min without letting it boil. Add salt and pepper to taste and remove the cardamom pods. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves then serve.

Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts

per 1 serving (250g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




15 g

23 %

Saturated 5 g
+ Trans 0 g

26 %


85 mg


105 mg

4 %


13 g

4 %


2 g

9 %


6 g


37 g

Vitamin A

25 %

Vitamin C

20 %


10 %


20 %

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Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: 1 serving
Grain Products: 0 serving
Milk and Alternatives: ¼ serving
Meat and Alternatives: serving

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Free :
Added Sugar
Low :
Source of :
Calcium, Copper, Fibre, Folacin, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin C, Zinc
Good source of :
Iron, Magnesium, Pantothenic Acid, Potassium, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K
Excellent source of :
Manganese, Niacin, Phosphorus, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6

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This recipe is in the following categories: Poultry | Main courses/Entrées | Diabetes-friendly | Halal | High Iron | High Vitamin D | Kosher | Low Sodium | Indian

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