Enjoy this comforting, lightened-up butter chicken recipe for dinner courtesy of The Honour System! Lean chicken is stewed in fragrant mix of spices like turmeric, cumin, ginger, curry powder and cayenne pepper. Serve over a bed of quinoa or cooked whole grain of your choice.

under 1 hour 5 mins

Ingredients for servings


  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil

  • 0.5 large onion diced

  • 0.25 tsp ground turmeric

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 2 cloves garlic minced

  • 1 tablespoon curry powder

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • 0.25 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 0.25 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 0.5 tsp sea salt

  • 1 cup 1% milk

  • 0.25 cup plain Greek yogurt

  • 1 cup low sodium tomato sauce

  • 2 chicken breasts cut into cubes

  • 1 cup dry quinoa (certified gluten-free if necessary)

  • 0.5 cup fresh cilantro leaves roughly chopped (optional)


  • Heat coconut oil in a medium sized saucepan over medium low heat. Add in the diced onion and cook, stirring frequently until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the turmeric and stir for another minute. Add the garlic, butter and remaining spices to the pot and stir well. Cook this mixture for another 5 minutes. You need to stir this pretty much constantly so it does not burn.

  • Pour in the milk, yogurt, and tomato sauce and give it all a good stir, then add in the cubes of chicken

  • Stir everything well and let simmer over medium low heat for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. You want the sauce to thicken up.

  • Meanwhile, cook the quinoa according to the package instructions. Portion out the quinoa into four bowls and spoon the butter chicken on top. Garnish with fresh cilantro if desired.

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