Indian Butter Chicken

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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

Preparation : 15 min Cooking : 30 min
340 calories/serving
  • Can be done in advance
  • Can be frozen
  • Easy
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Halal
  • Kosher
  • Diabetes-friendly


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
salt [optional]
ground pepper to taste [optional]


  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

per 1 serving (250g)


% Daily Value




15 g

23 %

Saturated 5.1 g
+ Trans 0 g

26 %


80 mg


110 mg

4 %


13 g

4 %


2 g

9 %


6 g


37 g

Vitamin A

26 %

Vitamin C

22 %


11 %


20 %

Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Vegetables and Fruits : 1 servings
Grain Products : 0 serving
Milk and Alternatives : ¼ serving
Meat and Alternatives : 1 ¾ servings


This recipe is :
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
Free  :
Added Sugar


1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Food Group Exchanges
Vegetables 1
Meat and Alternatives 4
Fats 2 ½

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This recipe is in the following categories

Poultry | Main courses/Entrées | High Vitamin D | High Iron | Kosher | Low Sodium | Halal | Diabetes-friendly | Indian