Mouth-Watering Butterish Chicken Recipe for Foodies

Imagine biting into a succulent, juicy piece of chicken that is infused with spices so deliciously aromatic that it melts in your mouth. Butterish Chicken is a classic dish that has taken the world by storm. However, many people avoid this beloved dish because it contains dairy, making it unsuitable for those who are lactose intolerant or follow a dairy-free diet.

As a nutritionist and food blogger, I have created a recipe that is just as delicious but completely dairy-free. Coconut cream is used to create the same richness and creaminess without the dairy. This recipe is perfect for anyone looking for a dairy-free twist on a classic dish.

Not only is this dish dairy-free, but it is also gluten-free, making it the perfect option for those who suffer from gluten-intolerance or prefer to avoid gluten in their diet. With easy-to-find ingredients and simple steps, even those who consider themselves beginner cooks can tackle this recipe with ease.

Dive into the world of flavor with my Butterish Chicken (Dairy-Free). Trust me; you won’t even miss the butter or cream.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Butterish Chicken (Dairy Free)
Butterish Chicken (Dairy Free)

Are you a food lover but always have to compromise on taste for health? Say no more! Butterish Chicken (Dairy Free) Recipe is the perfect dish for you. This dish has all the flavor and richness of the classic butter chicken, minus the dairy.

By using coconut cream instead of heavy cream, this recipe is entirely dairy-free and vegan-friendly, making it an excellent choice for those who are lactose intolerant or follow a plant-based diet. But despite its dairy-free status, this recipe is incredibly creamy and flavorful.

The blend spices of garam masala, cumin powder, chili powder, garlic cloves, and fresh ginger make each bite of chicken full of aromatic, mouthwatering goodness. The use of boneless skinless chicken thighs makes the dish moist with crispy edges that will have your taste buds singing.

Moreover, this dish is relatively easy to make and takes less than an hour, which makes it perfect for a weeknight dinner. You don’t need to be an expert in cooking; anyone can follow these recipe instructions to create a culinary masterpiece.

Overall, this Butterish Chicken (Dairy Free) Recipe has everything you need in a perfect meal: it’s flavorful, healthy, easy to make, and exquisitely delicious – this recipe will surely be your new favorite!

Ingredient List

 Golden and crispy Butterish Chicken, without any dairy!
Golden and crispy Butterish Chicken, without any dairy!

Below are the ingredients you will need to make this creamy and flavorful Butterish Chicken recipe:

  • Boneless, skinless chicken thighs (You may also use chicken breast if preferred)
  • Onion
  • Garlic cloves
  • Fresh ginger
  • Canola oil, for frying
  • Tomato paste
  • Coconut cream
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Ground spices – garam masala, cumin powder, and chili powder

Note: This recipe is dairy-free but still manages to capture the rich taste and texture of traditional butter chicken. No actual butter is used, instead, we will be recreating the flavor with a blend of different spices and the creaminess of coconut cream.

The Recipe How-To

 This recipe will have you savoring every bite of chicken!
This recipe will have you savoring every bite of chicken!

Now, let’s dive into the recipe how-to of this Butterish Chicken (Dairy Free). Make sure all your ingredients are prepped and ready before you begin:


  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 can of coconut cream
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Salt to taste

Step 1: Marinate the Chicken

In a large bowl, mix together the chicken, garam masala, cumin, chili powder and salt. Make sure to mix everything very well so that the chicken is evenly coated in the spices. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for at least an hour or overnight.

Step 2: Brown the Chicken

Heat a tablespoon of canola oil on medium-high heat in a large Dutch oven or non-stick deep pan. Add the onion and sauté for about two minutes until softened.
Add minced garlic and grated ginger to the pan and sauté until fragrant.
Drain any extra marinade from the chicken pieces, add them to the pan and brown them well for about four minutes on each side.

Step 3: Add Coconut Cream

Reduce heat to medium-low, add one can of coconut cream to the pot, along with tomato paste. Stir well until everything is evenly combined.

Step 4: Simmer Until Cooked

Bring everything to a boil over high heat, then cover the pot with a lid and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for about 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked and tender.

Step 5: Add Lemon Juice

Turn off the heat, add freshly squeezed lemon juice to the pot, stir well and let it rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

This Butterish Chicken (Dairy Free) is perfect with a side of Indian basmati rice, quinoa or your favorite gluten-free bread. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 Missing butter on your dairy-free diet? This Butterish Chicken recipe is the solution!
Missing butter on your dairy-free diet? This Butterish Chicken recipe is the solution!

Are you looking to tweak the recipe a bit? Here are some substitutions and variations for the Butterish Chicken that you can experiment with:

– Chicken Breast: If you prefer white meat, you can use chicken breast instead of boneless skinless chicken thighs. Just make sure to reduce the cooking time as chicken breast tends to cook faster than chicken thighs.

– Coconut Milk: For a thinner sauce, you can substitute coconut cream with coconut milk. However, keep in mind that the end result will not be as creamy.

– Vegan Butter: If you want to make this dish vegan-friendly, you can use vegan butter instead of dairy-free butter. You won’t miss the buttery flavor at all!

– Olive Oil: Instead of canola oil, you can use olive oil for a healthier option. Just remember that the flavor may be a bit different than when using canola oil.

– Spicier Version: If you love spicy food, you can add more chili powder or red pepper flakes to your liking. You could also add diced jalapeños or serranos for an extra kick.

– Milder Version: On the other hand, if you prefer a mild version of this classic Indian dish, you can reduce the amount of garam masala and chili powder used.

– Tomato Sauce: If you don’t have tomato paste on hand, don’t worry. You can easily substitute it with tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes. The end result may be slightly different in flavor and texture, but still delicious!

Don’t be afraid to try these substitutions and variations to create your own twist on this classic Indian dish!

Serving and Pairing

 Perfectly seasoned and cooked to perfection, this Butterish Chicken will become your new favorite chicken dish!
Perfectly seasoned and cooked to perfection, this Butterish Chicken will become your new favorite chicken dish!

The Butterish Chicken (Dairy Free) recipe is a bold and flavorful dish that is best enjoyed hot off the stove. Serve the chicken with a side of warm basmati rice or steaming naan bread to soak up all the delicious sauce.

For a refreshing contrast to the spiciness of the dish, consider serving some cool cucumber raita on the side. The creamy yogurt and bright cucumber flavor play off the rich flavors of the chicken perfectly.

If you’re in the mood for something crunchy, try pairing this dish with some lightly dressed mixed greens, tossed with sliced almonds or cashews. The nutty flavors complement the blend of spices in the dish, and provide a satisfying crunch.

For wine pairings, consider something light and fruit-forward like a chilled Chardonnay or an off-dry Riesling. These wines help cut through the spice, while also complementing the rich flavors of the coconut cream and garam masala.

No matter how you serve it, this Butterish Chicken (Dairy Free) recipe is sure to impress your guests with its exotic flavors and bold personality. Whether you’re looking for a hearty meal to feed your family or want to impress your dinner guests, this dish will not disappoint!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 With only a handful of ingredients, this Butterish Chicken recipe is simple and easy to make!
With only a handful of ingredients, this Butterish Chicken recipe is simple and easy to make!

Preparing meals in advance can be a lifesaver on busy weekdays. This recipe is perfect for making ahead and storing for later use. After cooking the butterish chicken, allow it to cool to room temperature before refrigerating or freezing it. It can last up to four days in the refrigerator and three months in the freezer.

When reheating, place the desired amount of butterish chicken into a pot, add enough water or coconut milk to create gravy consistency, and reheat thoroughly over low heat. You can also reheat small portions in the microwave by setting it to 50% power, stirring occasionally until heated through.

Storing and reheating this dairy-free dish is easy breezy. This dish tastes even better after being chilled as it allows time for the flavors to meld together. Just remember to store it properly and reheat it thoroughly before enjoying this irresistible butterish chicken at any time of day!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Indulge in the deliciousness of this Butterish Chicken, without worrying about dairy-related stomach issues!
Indulge in the deliciousness of this Butterish Chicken, without worrying about dairy-related stomach issues!

Cooking can be an art, and we all want our dishes to turn out perfectly. Here are some tips for ensuring your Butterish Chicken comes out just right:

1. Use boneless, skinless chicken thighs: These have more flavor and tend to be more forgiving than chicken breasts.

2. Don’t skimp on the spices: The key to flavor in this dish is using plenty of garam masala, cumin powder, garlic cloves, and fresh ginger. Be generous when measuring out the spices.

3. Use coconut cream instead of heavy cream: This gives the dish a creamy texture without any dairy, and adds a subtle coconut flavor that compliments the spices.

4. Sauté onion until it’s caramelized: This process brings out the natural sweetness in the onion and adds depth of flavor to the dish.

5. Let it simmer: After adding the tomato paste and coconut cream, let the sauce simmer for at least 15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.

6. Adjust seasoning as necessary: Taste your dish before serving and add more salt or lemon juice if necessary.

7. Serve with rice or naan bread: These will help to soak up all the delicious sauce.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to make a perfect batch of Butterish Chicken every time!


As a nutritionist and food blogger, I recognize that everyone has different dietary needs and preferences. To address some of the most common questions, I have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help clarify any concerns or doubts you may have about this Butterish Chicken (Dairy-Free) recipe. Let’s dive into these FAQ to help guide you in making the best dishes for your culinary lifestyle.

What can I replace cream with in butter chicken?

Looking for a healthier alternative to heavy cream? Consider using coconut cream or milk, evaporated milk, or Greek yogurt instead. Just remember to add these substitutes towards the end of the recipe. And if you’re looking to add some flavor to your dish, try incorporating curry powder. This classic blend typically includes coriander, fenugreek, turmeric, and other flavorful spices.

Does butter chicken contain dairy?

Are you curious if dairy is present in Butter Chicken? Traditionally, Butter Chicken’s sauce consists of a mix of spices, tomatoes, butter, and heavy cream. Despite the name, you don’t have to use a lot of butter to make this dish.

What is a dairy-free butter substitute?

Looking for alternatives to butter in vegan recipes? There are a variety of options to choose from depending on the type of dish you are making. For baking, consider trying vegan butter, applesauce, dairy-free yogurt, coconut oil, coconut butter, olive oil, nut butter, mashed banana or mashed avocado as substitutes. For cooking, options include olive oil, coconut oil, vegetable stock or avocado oil instead of using butter.

Does butter chicken contain coconut milk?

Get ready for a mouth-watering meal- an Indian butter chicken with a twist. This recipe is full of creamy coconut milk and a perfect amount of spiciness that is sure to warm you up! The comforting Indian flavors make this dish the perfect cozy meal. To make it a complete feast, pair it with some fluffy steamed rice and hot naan.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, trying out dairy-free recipes does not mean sacrificing taste or quality. The butterish chicken recipe is a perfect example of how you can still enjoy classic dishes while staying true to your dietary restrictions. With its creamy coconut cream sauce and aromatic blend of spices, it is a dish that will satisfy your Indian food cravings without leaving you feeling bloated or weighed down.

Don’t be afraid to try new things in the kitchen! Using ingredients like coconut cream and vegan butter can open up a whole new world of flavors and textures. Whether you are following a specific diet or just looking for healthier options, experimenting with dairy-free recipes can be a fun and delicious journey.

By cooking with whole foods and avoiding processed ingredients, we not only nourish our bodies but also support sustainable farming practices. So next time you are in the mood for some creamy, aromatic goodness, give this butterish chicken recipe a try – I promise you won’t miss the dairy!

Butterish Chicken (Dairy Free)

Butterish Chicken (Dairy Free) Recipe

A rich, creamy mild butter chicken curry, best served over rice with a crisp green or a green pea curry. I usually also serve with mango or feijoa chutney to point up the acid levels.
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Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Calories 643.9 kcal


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 420 ml coconut cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces.
  • Grate the first onion, and add in first measures of ginger(grated), garlic(pureed) and add chilli powder, cumin, garam masala and lemon juice. At this stage you could also choose to add goat yoghurt to the mix to assist in tenderising but I don't so I've left it off the instructions.
  • Add the chicken to the spice mix and mix together. Leave to marinade at room temperature for 30 minutes or in the fridge 2 hours or even overnight.
  • Bake or grill the chicken at 200°C for 12-15 minutes or until just cooked.
  • Meantime -- in a saucepan or frying pan heat the oil and add in the second onion, ginger and garlic (all grated or pureed). Cook over a medium heat, stirring often, until the mixture browns but does not burn - it will be very fragrant.
  • Add in the second measure of cumin and chilli powder and cook until the oil starts to separate out (don't worry, this is normal). Then add the tomato paste and cook again until the fat starts to separate.
  • Add the coconut cream, salt and garam masala, and then add the chicken back in and heat through. You may want to add some lemon juice if you think the sauce needs a bit of oomph (this will bring out the gentle chilli heat).
  • Serve over rice with your choice of sides.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 284gCalories: 643.9kcalCarbohydrates: 77.5gProtein: 16.4gFat: 31.1gSaturated Fat: 21.3gCholesterol: 57.3mgSodium: 466.6mgFiber: 1.7gSugar: 70.3g
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