Whole30 Butter Chicken

My girlfriends favorite meal that I have ever made for her is not even one of my recipes. It is a recipe from another food blog, Keto Connect, for Butter Chicken. Every once in a while when I ask my usual, “what should we have for dinner?” she quickly asks, “butter chicken?” Of course I am willing to oblige, but this round I new I had to make it Whole30 friendly. That wasn’t too hard of a task and here is what I came up with: Whole30 Butter Chicken.

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Whole30 Butter Chicken is a simple and quick one pan meal that makes a satisfying whole30 dinner or a delicious meal prep option.

During this Whole30 journey I have learned that it is pretty easy to turn any regular dish into a Whole30 dish provided you aren’t getting into SWYPO (Sex With Your Pants On) territory. This Whole30 Butter Chicken fit the mold for a perfect recipe that could be modified to be Whole30 friendly. I swapped out the butter for some ghee and heavy cream for some full fat coconut milk and was able to come up with a rich and creamy dish that is just as tasty as the original one. The only difference between my version and the original was that the sauce was a little thinner so I added a bit of xanthan gum at the end just to thicken the sauce up a bit.

Whole30 Butter Chicken is a simple and quick one pan meal that makes a satisfying whole30 dinner or a delicious meal prep option.

To make this simple Whole30 Butter Chicken all you need is a large nonstick pan and sharp knife. No fancy tools or gadgets. Simply cube the chicken breast and then coat in spices. Brown onions and garlic in ghee and then add the chicken to the pan. Pour coconut milk and tomato paste into the pan and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in a little xanthan gum to thicken the sauce and enjoy! This recipe is perfect for your whole30 meal prep or a cozy winter dinner. Grab the full recipe down below!

Whole30 Butter Chicken is a simple and quick one pan meal that makes a satisfying whole30 dinner or a delicious meal prep option.
Yield: 2 Servings

Whole30 Butter Chicken

prep time: 10 minscook time: 25 minstotal time: 35 mins

ingredients:

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1.5 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • Optional: Cilantro

instructions:

  1. Cut chicken breast into bite-size cubes.
  2. Combine turmeric, ginger, chili, salt, and cinnamon in a small bowl.
  3. Pour spices on chicken and toss until chicken is fully coated.
  4. Dice the onion and mince the garlic.
  5. Heat ghee in a non-stick fry pan over medium-low heat.
  6. Once the ghee is melted, add onion and garlic to the pan.
  7. Cook onion and garlic until soft and fragrant about 3 minutes.
  8. Add chicken to the pan and increase heat to medium.
  9. Allow chicken to cook over medium for 7 minutes until browned on all sides.
  10. While chicken is cooking whisk together coconut milk and tomato paste.
  11. Pour liquid mixture into the pan with chicken and increase heat to high until the sauce begins to bubble.
  12. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  13. Turn off heat and whisk in xanthan gum.
  14. Serve with cauliflower rice and cilantro.
  15. Store in fridge for up to 4 days.
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