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butter chicken

Healthy Whole-30 Butter Chicken

  • Author: Lauren
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Indian


This creamy, rich, flavourful version of butter chicken is dairy-free, paleo, Whole-30 approved, & absolutely delicious! Make a big batch & have leftovers prepped for the week, in under 30 minutes!


  • 3 tbsp avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
  • 1 tsp pink salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can of full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot powder (omit for lower carb option, but will be slightly less creamy)*
  • Cilantro to serve, if desired
  • Cauliflower rice, prepared rice or quinoa, or zucchini noodles to serve


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat add the avocado oil & diced chicken. Add the pink salt, black pepper, & the other spices to the chicken.
  2. Cook the chicken until it is 75% done & then add the minced garlic & diced red onion.
  3. Finish cooking the chicken & allow the red onion to become fragrant & slightly translucent.
  4. Then add the tomatoes & coconut milk & reduce the heat to low, allowing the mixture to come down to a simmer.
  5. Remove 1/3 cup of the sauce from the pan & mix with the arrowroot powder if using until dissolved.
  6. Add the arrowroot mixture back into the saucepan & mix to combine.
  7. Simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  8. Add the lemon juice.
  9. Top with cilantro if desired, serve over cauliflower rice, quinoa, rice, zoodles, or whatever you desire & enjoy!


*You can omit this for a lower carb option or try adding 1-2 tbsp flax meal to slightly thicken. 

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