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Whole30 Butter Chicken

A healthy twist on the popular Indian curry dish called butter chicken

Recipe By: Madeline
Prep: 10 minsCook: 25 minsTotal: 35 minutes
Servings: 3 servings 1x


  • 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 ginger
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp arrowroot starch
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. Dice the onion and mince the garlic
  2. Cut the chicken breast into bite-sized cubes
  3. Combine turmeric, ginger, chili powder, salt and cinnamon in a small bowl
  4. Pour spices over chicken and toss until chicken is fully coated in the spice mixture
  5. Heat ghee over medium-low in a frying pan
  6. Add onion and garlic to the pan with the melted ghee
  7. Cook onion and garlic until soft and fragrant about 3 minutes
  8. Increase the heat to medium and add the chicken to the pan
  9. Allow the chicken to cook over medium for 6 minutes tossing frequently
  10. While the chicken cooks, whisk together coconut milk and tomato paste
  11. Pour the liquid mixture into the pan with the chicken and increase the heat to high until the sauce bubbles
  12. Reduce to medium-low to simmer and simmer for 10 minutes
  13. To thicken the sauce, combine arrowroot starch and water in a small bowl
  14. Increase the heat to medium-high and push the chicken to one side of the pan
  15. Pour arrowroot and water mixture into the pan and mix vigorously as the sauce thickens
  16. Toss the chicken in the thickened sauce and remove the pan from the heat
  17. Enjoy with rice, cauliflower rice and veggies!
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