Stupid Easy Healthy Butter Chicken Recipe

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It’s been awhile since I pulled out my instant pot. But last week, I put to to use quite a few times. I made pulled pork, creamy cajun chicken (which was phenomenal, by the way!), and yesterday, I made butter chicken. Now, I’ve made it before, but I wanted to try to “healthy” it up a little bit (if that’s possible)…and reduce the amount of actual dairy in the meal. Skip to the healthy butter chicken recipe here

Stupid Easy Healthy Butter Chicken Recipe

I haven’t given dairy up altogether, but I do try to limit how much I eat-my stomach just likes me better, and I find that I feel better (less bloated, at least) when I put limits on it. So obviously, butter chicken isn’t something I can make all the time. But sometimes, you just need delicious, semi-off limits food.

Stupid Easy Healthy Butter Chicken Recipe


In the past, I’ve always made my butter chicken in a cast iron pan on the stovetop, but I wanted to see if I could achieve the same flavor in my Instant Pot. This would also allow me to adapt the recipe a little bit…and use a little less butter.

And it turned out to be amazing. I served it over Jasmine Rice at Ish’s request-though it would be super delicious over cauli-rice, too.

Stupid Easy Butter Chicken

You could easily make this completely dairy free by using just coconut milk or cream, though I like the small amount of butter in the recipe. 

You can serve this butter chicken recipe over rice-I prefer jasmine rice for this recipe, or cauli-rice. Both are delicious, though the cauli-rice is a little bit faster than the jasmine. If you start your pot of rice at the same time you put your chicken in the Instant pot, you’ll be in good shape!

Have you had butter chicken before?
What did you think of it?

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  1. Shameaka on October 20, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    I made this two nights ago. It was good, and my husband really liked it. We have had Butter Chicken before.

    • Brea on October 20, 2016 at 7:30 pm

      Oh yay! I am so glad Shameaka! It’s a staple around here!

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