Creamy Butter Chicken | Slimming World & Weight Watchers Friendly

Creamy Butter Chicken might seem an impossible recipe if you’re counting Syns, Points or Calories, but never fear – this super tasty dish which is perfect no matter what plan you’re following!

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍

Normally, butter chicken has…errrm…butter. But in our version there is no real butter, though you’d never believe it!

We go through phases of food, and whilst Chinese used to be our usual “go-to” take away, it would be Indian in the winter. There’s nothing better than a mouth full of creamy, tomato-y heat on a cold winters day, right?

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Making curry yourself usually involves a jar of sauce, but there’s no jars here!

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All you need is a pan and a food processor or a stick blender. Really really easy and super fast, you can have this on the table in less than 30 minutes!

What do I need to make this Creamy Butter Chicken?

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We use a stick blender for loads of recipes – why not use it to make this incredible Chicken Korma Curry?

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The Secret Ingredient!

We usually use Almonds for this and blend them until fine. The only issue with using almonds is how high they are in syns, calories and points! 50g is 15 syns, which is CRAZY! So instead of using almonds we use Sukrin Almond flour. At just 16 syns per 100g it is SO much lower in syns, as they de-fatten the almonds, it’s all very very clever!

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You can buy Sukrin Almond flour from Amazon, Sainsbury’s, Ocado and over on Sukrin’s website.

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How many Syns are in this Creamy Butter Chicken?

This amazing curry is just 2 Syns per portion – think of how many Syns you’re saving compared to a takeaway version?!

Those of you following Slimming World might be wondering where the speed food is?

We usually serve this with some vegetables, otherwise there would be no speed at all – which is not good! Place some Cauliflower, spinach, courgette, broccoli into a bowl, cover with cling film and microwave on high for 5-8 minutes. Then add this to the curry.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Creamy Butter Chicken?

This delicious recipe has just 2 Smart Points per portion!!

Don’t forget to add on Points for whatever you decide to serve it with, though it would work well with just vegetables!

How many Calories are in this Creamy Butter Chicken?

A standard Butter Chicken will set you back around 400 calories for a small portion. Our version is just 210 calories per portion!! You’ll need to add on any calories for whatever you choose to serve it with.

How do I make this Creamy Butter Chicken?

Step 1

Finely chop the garlic, ginger and onion using a food processor or stick blender, then gently sauté in the Low Calorie Cooking Spray until soft and coloured slightly

Step 2

Puree the tomatoes, almond flour, tomato paste, stock cubes and water together, then add it to the pan

Step 3

Add the chicken, yoghurt, lime juice, spices, and reduced fat spread then stir well

Step 4

Bring up to the boil, stirring continuously, then cover and simmer on LOW for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally

Step 5

After 15-20 minutes check to see if the chicken is cooked through. If not let it simmer for another 5 minutes

Step 6

Serve over boiled rice

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Creamy Butter Chicken

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Portion 10 Minutes 25 Minutes

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210kcal 2

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2

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INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Finely chop the garlic, ginger and onion using a food processor or stick blender, then gently sauté in the Low Calorie Cooking Spray until soft and coloured slightly
  2. Puree the tomatoes, almond flour, tomato paste, stock cubes and water together, then add it to the pan
  3. Add the chicken, yoghurt, lime juice, spices, and reduced fat spread then stir well
  4. Bring up to the boil, stirring continuously, then cover and simmer on LOW for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally
  5. After 15-20 minutes check to see if the chicken is cooked through. If not let it simmer for another 5 minutes
  6. Serve over boiled rice

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This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
- Defrost thoroughly before reheating (you can use the defrost setting on your microwave.)
- Make sure it is piping hot all the way through before serving.

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105 Comments
  1. Made this today and it was delicious! I subbed the almond flour for 30g of coconut flour (Sukrin brand) and used two tbsp real butter instead of flora because I missed that as an ingredient until I was half way through.

    Loved it, and it was a big hit with my children as well.

  2. I couldn’t find Sukrin almond flour in Sainsbury’s so I bought the peanut one instead. Does anyone know how the syns compare? It’s not on lifeline online – thanks!

  3. One of the best curry recipes I’ve tried so far! Really lovely flavour and a smooth creamy taste – certainly tastes naughtier than 2 syns worth!

    1. Hi Tracy,
      This is mentioned in the write before the recipe :
      “Where is the Speed?
      Those of you following Slimming World might be wondering where the speed food is?
      We usually serve this with some vegetables, otherwise there would be no speed at all – which is not good! Place some Cauliflower, spinach, courgette, broccoli into a bowl, cover with cling film and microwave on high for 5-8 minutes. Then add this to the curry.”

    1. Hi Kelly
      The Almond flour serves 2 purposes. Firstly it thickens the curry so it isn’t as watery, and secondly it adds that hint of a nutty flavour that you get with butter chicken. You could use ground almonds but they are a lot higher in syns than the almond flour

  4. I fancy making this tomorrow.i very much doubt I’ll find the almond flour in Aberdeen 😬 is there a low syn alternative without using ground almonds?

    1. Hi Lynsey
      If you can’t get almond flour you can use ground almonds, but you’ll have to adjust the syn values. Ground almonds are slightly higher in syns than the flour, but check the app or syns online to be sure

  5. I’m going to try this now with plain flour and almond essence. No idea how it’s going to turn out but as Sainsbury’s tell me they’re out of the Almond Flour across all of their stores, I need to try and improvise!

    1. Hi Nicola
      You could try some ground almonds if you can’t get hold of almond flour, but it will increase the syn value a bit. When we first started making this butter chicken we used ground almonds, but switched to almond flour because it’s less syns

  6. What would this recipe be like with coconut flour instead of almond flour? It is easier to get hold of in supermarkets.

    1. Hi Danielle
      You can use coconut flour, but you will probably only have to use half as much as it is a lot more absorbent than almond flour. Also, don’t forget to sieve the coconut flour as it can be quite bitty

  7. I tried this on Sunday night and it was delish! Looked just like a curry from the takeaway. I didn’t have normal chicken stock cubes as we use the stock pots all the time. I put two of these in and think that may have been too much as the curry was quite salty. Will try it again next time with normal stock cubes.

    1. Hi Sian
      Yes you could probably use creme fraiche instead, but you would have to syn it accordingly. Even the low fat/fat free ones have a syn value

  8. Saw this recipe a week ago and ordered the Almond Flour on line. SO glad I did! Made it tonight. Absolutely delicious. Also made your waffles…fabulous. Thank you for sharing your recipes. They’re fab!

  9. Hi! I cannot wait to make this recipe however couldn’t find the almond flour, so will be making with sukrins peanut flour which has slightly more syns. Would you say I’d have to alter the amount of flour used? Many thanks, such an asset!! 😊

    1. Hi Kay
      Yes you can use peanut flour instead, but if you’re counting Syns you would have to adjust the Syn value as it is higher for peanut flour

    1. Hi Katrina
      Yes. Coconut milk has a quite a high Syn value on Slimming World so creme fraiche or fat free yogurt are a good lower Syn/Syn Free alternative

  10. Hi, i have all the ingredients in for this recipe except i have the Aldi 0% greek style fat free yoghurt, similar to the total yoghurt but cheaper. Would this work as the natural fat free yoghurt? Didn’t know if it would be too thick? Thanks. Your recipes are fab xxx

    1. Hi Julie
      Thanks for getting in touch, glad you’re enjoying the recipes.
      The Aldi 0% Greek style fat free yogurt will be fine to use in this recipe.

  11. Just made this for the first time and it was so so good. Really easy to make but tasted as if I’d slaved away in the kitchen all day. (Told the rest of family I had been). Another successful pinch of nom recipe. Thanks guys

  12. Hi. Looks delicious! I would really like to try this recipe but having trouble locating the Sukrin almond flour. I know Holland & Barrett do a version of almond flour but I don’t know if it’s the same – does anyone know? Also, if I used ground almonds instead, what quantity would I need to use?
    Many thanks.

    1. Hi Janice
      Yes you can use a different brand, but you will have to check the syn value as the Sukrin one is reduced fat so it will be lower in syns.

  13. Made this tonight and I have to say it was amazing…so creamy and tasty you wouldn’t know it’s a low fat recipe… would definitely recommend it… thanks for another great recipe

  14. What substitute can you use instead of the brand sukrin as my local store doesn’t supply that? Many thanks 😊

    1. Hi Ria
      You can use any brand really, but remember to check the Syn value as Sukrin Almond Flour is reduced fat (unlike most other brands)

  15. Could I use almond essence instead as they don’t have almond flour at my local sainsburys and thicken it with xanthem gum or would it be awful?

    1. Hi Susan
      Yes you could but you would only need a very tiny amount of essence, or you could use some ground almonds and adjust the Syn value accordingly

  16. Hi Kate,

    I’ve been unable to find Sukrin almond flour but have found Holland & Barrett which is 612 cal per 100g…not sure how many syncs that would be do you have any idea? TIA.

  17. Hi i maybe asking a silly question but in the recipe the second from last imgedent just says spice mix as above what does that mean ??

    1. Hi Kirsty
      Yes you could, but it’s the almond flour that gives the butter chicken that well known nutty flavour. Also, you would have to check the syn value as plain flour is different

  18. Hi Kate,
    Made this today and the flavour was lovely. I had to use peanut flour as I could not get almond flour. I found the texture a little powdery what did I do wrong, I so want to make it again but my husband did not like that part of it. He loved the flavour though

    1. Hi Diane
      Peanut flour does have a different texture to almond flour so that’s probably why the texture was a bit powdery

  19. made this last night …..had to make a few enquiries regarding the sukrin they no longer supply shops due to availability issues but you can buy from them for £13 per bag which is far too much for me so i swapped it out for the groovy food company coconut flour but only 30gm ( 5.5) syns and it was fab we loved it xx

    1. Hi Rhiannon,

      Almond flour is different to ground almonds as it is finer. Sukrin Almond flour is cold pressed and has the fat removed so the syn value is lower than other almond flours.

      Hope that helps!

    1. Hi Joanne,

      The Sukrin almond flour is reduced in fat and therefore lower in syns than other almond flours available. You can buy it from Amazon, or it is available in some supermarkets 😊

  20. Made this tonight and it went down a storm with the entire family. Thank you for creating the amazing recipes you do and for all the hard work you must put into creating them.

    1. Hi Emma
      This should be okay in a slow cooker. If the sauce seems too runny, leave the lid off the slow cooker for the last hour of cooking to help it thicken. (Alternatively, you can add a little less liquid to the recipe.)

    1. Hi Sarah
      This should be okay in a slow cooker. If the sauce seems too runny, leave the lid off the slow cooker for the last hour of cooking to help it thicken. (Alternatively, you can add a little less liquid to the recipe.)

    1. Hi Angie
      The numbers are the Syn values for those particular brands of ingredients. If you wanted to use a different brand of margarine or almond flour it makes it easier to work out the different Syn values. 🙂

  21. Made this last night with thighs as opposed to breast, it was amazing! My fiancé and stepson loved it too which means I can make it again. So tasty, what an amazing recipe! Will be trying the korma one as a result. I took a portion of frozen microwavable veg with a portion of this for dinner at work and it was great. My 2st 7lb loss would,not have been possible without pinch of nom xxx

    1. Hi Joanne
      We’re pretty pleased with this one ourselves, as it’s taken a while to get it just right! So glad you’re enjoying the recipes. 🙂

    1. Hi Joan
      The almond flour really does make a difference to the flavour. If you were to use normal flour you would need to alter the syn value accordingly.

  22. Could I do this in the slow cooker? The Korma was in the slower cooker and it was beautiful, so I’d like to try the same cooking method.

  23. I made this using coconut flour, but used be full
    Amount, oops! What an I thin out the sauce with? More toms? Or a splash of alpro coconut milk as healthy extra maybe?

    1. Hi Stacey
      To thin it down, you could add some chicken or veg stock, or some boiling water. If you added coconut milk you’d need to add syns or use as part of your HEA.

    1. Hi Michelle
      The recipe uses 60g of almond flour, so if you’re using 20g of ground almonds, you’d need 40g of almond flour. It’s worth bearing in mind that the sauce may not thicken as much if you’re using less almond flour. 🙂

    1. Hi Ashleigh
      If you scroll down to the recipe card, you’ll find ingredients for making the Spice mix, which you then use in the curry itself.:-)

    1. Hi Jennie
      We understand that there are some availability issues with almond flour at the moment.
      We’re trying to find suitable alternatives that will work successfully in this recipe.

  24. I have found some extra fine almond flour on amazon that is 402kCal /100g to replace the Sukrin (I think this works out at 12 syns instead of the 10?) I was wondering if this recipe could be done in the instant pot and if so, for how long please?

    1. Hi Nikki
      We haven’t tried making this one in the Instant Pot. You would need to do the first few steps in sauté mode, then switch to manual setting. I’d be very cautious though, as there isn’t much liquid in this, which could result in a ‘burn’ message when it’s trying to reach pressure. Personally, I’d stick to the hob! 🙂

    1. Hi Samantha,

      It is two separate ingredients:

      Chicken Stock Cubes
      Spice Mix (the instructions and ingredients for the spice mix are also listed above this)

      Hope that helps!

  25. Hi, am making this tomorrow but don’t have almond flour, if I made this using normal white flour and almond essence, how much of each would I need ?
    Many thanks

    1. Hi Theresa,

      You could try using some ground almonds instead 😊 Normal flour might make the sauce become too thick.

      Hope that helps!

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