Whole30 Butter Chicken

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

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 knew 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.

I’m not going to lie and say it better than butter chicken because I am deeply in love with heavy cream (sorry Amy!), but its a pretty delicious substitute. Since creating this recipe I have made Whole30 butter chicken for dinner an embarrassing number of times.

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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.

Whenever I add xanthan gum to a dish I will inevitably get the question, “but what if I don’t have xanthan gum?” and to all of you I say: its optional! It thickens the sauce a bit, but truly does nothing to change the taste of the dish and will be just as delicious without it.

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. I try to keep things simple around here unless I’m cooking with my instant pot because that thing is amazing.

I wanted you all to see just how easy it is to make Whole30 butter chicken so I filmed a little recipe video of myself making this dish. The only thing I didn’t film was cubing the raw chicken, but you can do that by buying boneless skinless chicken breast and cubing it into bite size pieces.

A quick life hack for making that process even shorter is to purchase boneless skinless chicken tenders! There is less to cut when the pieces are smaller. Hit play on the video below to watch how I make this dish.

To make this whole30 butter chicken simply cube the chicken breast and then coat in spices. In the video I threw the spices directly into the bowl with the chicken, but I prefer to combine them on their own first before tossing with the chicken. This allows for an even flavoring.

I heat a pan over medium low and add some ghee. Then I cook onions and garlic in ghee until soft and fragrant. Add the seasoned chicken to the pan and cook over medium until almost fully cooked through.

Combine coconut milk and tomato paste with a whisk and pour into the pan. 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 and, as always, if you try this recipe out, be sure to share how you liked it with me in the comments or on Instagram!

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


  • 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


  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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