Creamy Butter Chicken
A Creamy Butter Chicken dish might seem impossible if you're counting calories, but never fear – this slimming recipe 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 to know in the blurb!
Normally, butter chicken is packed full of… well, butter! Although you’d never believe it, there’s no real butter in our version but it’s still just as creamy.
We used to love a takeaway before we started our slimming journey and in our opinion there’s nothing better than a beautiful, warm creamy curry on a cold winters day. We’ve used almond flour and fat free natural yoghurt to give this Creamy Butter Chicken its creamy sauce and you can easily adjust the amount of chilli powder to give this dish more or less of a kick!
What diets is this Creamy Butter Chicken suitable for?
This Creamy Butter Chicken recipe can be made dairy free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for dairy free alternatives;
- Reduced fat spread
- Fat free natural yoghurt
- Creme fraiche
It can also be made gluten free by swapping the following ingredients for gluten free alternatives;
- Chicken stock cubes
Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.
What do I need to make this Creamy Butter Chicken?
You’ll need a food processor or a stick blender to make this Creamy Butter Chicken dish and you can pick either of these up over on Amazon.
We’ve used a stick blender for this recipe and it’s one of our favourite kitchen gadgets – we use it for loads of our other curry recipes as well!
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 calories and Points! 100g is around 600 calories, which is CRAZY! So instead of using almonds we use Sukrin Almond Flour instead because at just 315 calories per 100g it is SO much lower. Other almond flours probably won’t be this low as the almonds are not de-fatted like Sukrin.
You can usually find this, and other brands of defatted almond flour, online on Amazon or in some health food shops. With only 10g per serving in this Creamy Butter Chicken, you will find that a little goes a long way!
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You’ll need a food processor to make this Creamy Butter Chicken! You can pick this up over on Amazon!
Or you could get this stick blender. You can pick this up over on Amazon!
Defatted almond flour is available by other brands and can be found in some health shops, or online!
These fancy restaurant style curry serving dishes are the ideal finishing touch at dinner time!
How many calories are in this Creamy Butter Chicken?
There are 210 calories per portion in this Creamy Butter Chicken, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.
A butter chicken from your local takeaway will set you back around 400 calories for a small portion, so our version is a fantastic saving!
This Creamy Butter Chicken is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.
As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.
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.
Puree the tomatoes, almond flour, tomato paste, stock cubes and water together, then add it to the pan.
Add the chicken, yoghurt, lime juice, spices, and reduced fat spread then stir well.
Bring up to the boil, stirring continuously, then cover and simmer on LOW for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
After 15-20 minutes check to see if the chicken is cooked through. If not let it simmer for another 5 minutes.
Serve over boiled rice.
What could I serve with this Creamy Butter Chicken?
This Creamy Butter Chicken works really well when served alongside lots of fluffy, boiled rice as well as any of the following dishes:
How do you know when this Creamy Butter Chicken is cooked?
You’ll need to cook this Creamy Butter Chicken for around 25 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.
How long can you keep this Creamy Butter Chicken in the fridge?
Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.
If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of this Creamy Butter Chicken in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.
Can I freeze this Creamy Butter Chicken recipe?
Yes you can! 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.
Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!
How do I reheat this Creamy Butter Chicken recipe?
From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.
From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.
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Creamy Butter Chicken
A Creamy Butter Chicken dish might seem impossible if you're counting calories, but never fear - this slimming recipe is perfect no matter what plan you're following!
- KCals 210
- Carbs 9G
- 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.
- Puree the tomatoes, almond flour, tomato paste, stock cubes and water together, then add it to the pan.
- Add the chicken, yoghurt, lime juice, spices, and reduced fat spread then stir well.
- Bring up to the boil, stirring continuously, then cover and simmer on LOW for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- After 15-20 minutes check to see if the chicken is cooked through. If not let it simmer for another 5 minutes.
- Serve over boiled rice.
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SarwitFriday 28th April 2023
Can I use coconut flour instead of almond? Will it make much difference?
SharonTuesday 16th May 2023
Hi Sarwit, we haven’t tried this recipe with coconut flour and it behaves quite differently to other flours, so the best alternative would be to use an equal amount of ground almonds. Bear in mind our recipe uses defatted almond flour which is much lower in calories than ground almonds, so if you’re keeping an eye on calories you will have to adjust them accordingly using this guide: How to work out calories and points in a recipe Hope this helps!
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