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Butter(less) Chicken

I love butter chicken.  But, as the name suggests, it’s not the best thing to eat on the regular…  especially if you’re trying to lose weight.  So when I discovered this lighter version of the recipe, I was beyond excited.

The dish, which has since become one of my go-to recipes, is simple to prepare, delicious and isn’t loaded with fat like traditional butter chicken.  It is however, jam packed with flavour… so you won’t miss the extra fat. 😉

I hope that you like it!



Butter(less) Chicken

Serves 4


1c full fat plain yogurt

1 1/2 tsp chili powder

1tsp cumin

1 1/2 tsp garam masala

1/4tsp ground cardamom

1tsp ginger pulp

1tsp garlic pulp

14oz can stewed tomatoes

1tsp salt

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed

1 tbsp olive oil

2 medium onions, diced

2tbsp fresh cilantro or basil

4tbsp sour cream


  • Place yogurt, dry spices, ginger, garlic and tomatoes into a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Mix the chicken in with the yogurt mixture and set aside.
  • Heat a frying pan to medium heat and add olive oil.
  • Add onions and sauté for 3-5 minutes.
  • Add the chicken mixture and cook on medium high heat until chicken is cooked.
  • Add cilantro or basil and sour cream.  Mix well and bring to a simmer.
  • Served garnished with extra cilantro or basil, if desired.
  • Serve over brown rice or quinoa paired with side salad or roasted veggies.  So yum!


Nutrition Breakdown:

318 calories

10g fat

17.9g carbs

30.7g protein


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