Dairy- Free Butter Chicken Recipe

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Dairy-Free Butter Chicken Recipe

Butter chicken is a mouth-watering and aromatic Indian dish that has gained worldwide fame due to its rich and creamy texture and captivating flavour. It is a dish that is cherished by food lovers across the globe, irrespective of their culinary preferences. The dish has its roots in northern India, specifically in Delhi, where it was first created by a chef named Kundan Lal Gujral in the 1950s. It quickly gained popularity and has since become a staple of Indian cuisine.

Butter chicken is made using succulent boneless chicken pieces that are marinated in a blend of yogurt and a medley of aromatic spices. The marinated chicken is then grilled or roasted in a tandoor oven, imparting a smoky and charred flavour. The chicken is then cooked in a luscious, tomato-based sauce that is infused with a plethora of spices and enriched with butter and cream, giving it a velvety and heavenly texture. The ingredients used in butter chicken can vary. Still, some of the common ingredients include tender chicken, tangy tomatoes, pungent onions, aromatic ginger, flavorful garlic, velvety cream, and butter, along with a symphony of spices such as garam masala, cumin, coriander, and turmeric.

The dish is typically served with fragrant basmati rice or buttery naan bread. The first step is to marinate the chicken overnight in a mixture of yogurt and spices, which helps to tenderize the meat and infuse it with a plethora of flavours. The marinated chicken is then grilled or roasted to perfection, imparting it with a smoky and charred aroma. The sauce for butter chicken is made by sautéing onions, ginger, and garlic in butter until they are soft and fragrant. The flavoursome tomatoes are then added to the pan and cooked until they break down and form a thick and tangy sauce that is bursting with flavour. A melange of spices is then added to the sauce, along with cream and butter, to give it its signature flavour and texture. The chicken is then added to the sauce and allowed to simmer for several minutes until it is heated through and fully coated in the sauce.

Butter chicken is a dish that can be relished by foodies of all kinds, regardless of their dietary preferences. There are now many variations of the dish that cater to the needs of those who are lactose intolerant or vegan. This means that everyone can enjoy the rich and delicious flavour of butter chicken without any dietary restrictions.

Making butter chicken is a labour of love and can be quite time-consuming. However, it does not have to be that hard. With this adjusted recipe, your butter chicken will be ready in time. To make this delicious dairy-free butter chicken, you will need;

Ingredients:

– 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces

– 1 tsp ginger paste
– 1 tsp garlic paste
– 1/2 tsp turmeric
– 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
– 2 tbsp cooking oil or dairy-free butter (divided)
– 1 tsp salt
– 1 large onion, finely chopped
– 1 tsp garam masala
– 1/2 tsp turmeric

-2 medium green chilli (deseeded)

-1/2 cup raw cashews
– 1/2 tsp chilli
– 1 large red bell pepper chopped
– 1 tsp paprika
– 1 tsp sugar
– 3 medium ripe tomatoes, finely chopped
– 1 cup coconut cream
– 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
– 1 cup water

Instructions:

1. In a large non-stick saucepan, heat the olive oil or the dairy-free butter over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté for about 5 minutes, or until the onion is soft and translucent.

2. Add the ginger paste and garlic paste to the saucepan and stir for a minute until fragrant.

3. Add the cashews and saute for a minute. Add the chopped tomatoes, green chilli and red bell pepper and saute for a few minutes. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the liquid dries up. Add water and cook covered for another 2 minutes.

4. Add the ingredients to a blender and blend to a smooth consistency

5. In the same saucepan, add the rest of the cooking oil followed by the chicken. Cook until the chicken is cooked through and lightly browned. Add all the spices (chilli, garam masala, salt, paprika, sugar, turmeric, and cayenne) and stir for another minute.

6. Add the blended mixture to the saucepan and stir well. Add the coconut cream turn heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

9. Taste and just salt accordingly. Garnish with chopped cilantro before serving.

Dairy-Free Butter Chicken Recipe

A mouth-watering, rich, creamy aromatic Indian dairy-free butter chicken dish with a captivating flavour.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6
Calories 618 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lb boneless chicken thighs cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1 large red bell pepper chopped
  • 3 medium tomatoes ripe, chopped
  • 2 medium green chillis deseeded
  • 1/2 tsp chilli
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • 2 tbsp cilantro chopped, for garnishing
  • 1 cup water

Instructions
 

  • In a large non-stick saucepan, heat the olive oil or the dairy-free butter over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté for about 5 minutes, or until the onion is soft and translucent.
  • Add the ginger paste and garlic paste to the saucepan and stir for a minute until fragrant.
  • Add the cashews and saute for a minute. Add the chopped tomatoes, green chilli and red bell pepper and saute for a few minutes. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the liquid dries up. Add water and cook covered for another 2 minutes.
  • Add the ingredients to a blender and blend to a smooth consistency
  • In the same saucepan, add the rest of the cooking oil followed by the chicken. Cook until the chicken is cooked through and lightly browned. Add all the spices (chilli, garam masala, salt, paprika, sugar, turmeric, and cayenne) and stir for another minute.
  • Add the blended mixture to the saucepan and stir well. Add the coconut cream turn heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Taste and adjust salt accordingly. Garnish with chopped cilantro before serving.

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Notes

Please note that the nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary significantly based on the products used in the recipe

Nutrition

Calories: 618kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 30gFat: 50gSaturated Fat: 21gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 148mgSodium: 572mgPotassium: 801mgFiber: 4gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 2118IUVitamin C: 49mgCalcium: 41mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Butter Chicken, Comfort Food
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And that’s it! Your dairy-free butter chicken is ready to be served. You can enjoy it with rice, naan bread, or any other Indian bread you choose. This recipe will impress your family and friends, and they won’t even know it’s dairy-free!

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