Butter Chicken the healthy way!

by thecurrytheory

Seriously! when have you heard butter chicken being healthy? well this one actually is quite on the healthy side. You will not compromise on the taste but save on the heaviness of this dish. Here’s my take on it.

Butter Chicken the healthy way!

Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


  • 3-4 lbs of boneless chicken cubes (please thoroughly wash the chicken with some lemon juice or vinegar)
  • 1 large Vidalia Sweet Onion chopped
  • 2 red plum tomatoes chopped
  • 1/4 cup of cashews
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger, garlic and cilantro paste (or substitute with just ginger and garlic paste)
  • 1 tablespoon plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon red Kashmiri chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric,garam masala, and coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange food coloring (optional )
  • 1 teaspoon salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4-5 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
  • 4-5 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 tablespoon Kasturi methi (dried methi leaves) 


There are 2 main steps A. Marinating Chicken B. Blending the sauce 1. In a medium bowl marinate the washed dry chicken cubes with ginger, garlic, cilantro paste, yogurt, garam masala, red chili, turmeric, coriander powder, salt, black pepper with olive oil. Adding any food color is optional but i did. Mix well, set it aside for 30 mins.   2. In a large steel pan on medium heat, add in 2 tablespoons of butter and canola oil together and saute the chopped onions, tomatoes and cashews. (For better tasting sauce add some salt and red chili powder to the blend)(optional). Saute until tender for 5-6 minutes and then transfer it to a bowl to cool. Once cooled off blend it to a smooth gravy and transfer it to the bowl.   3. In the same steel pan melt 2 tablespoons of butter and oil together. Pour in the marinated chicken and stir fry it well in the pan to coat all the spices to the chicken. Then pour in your blended gravy and thoroughly mix the chicken to it.  Add in another tablespoon of butter and simmer covered for 8 mins on medium-low. At the very end add in your Kasturi methi and mix well. Sprinkle some fresh lemon juice and enjoy the Butter chicken with buttered naan, roti, or Basmati rice.  

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