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15-minute Butter Chicken Meal Prep

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The first time I had butter chicken I was in Washington, DC at my friend’s parents’ house. I was thrown off a bit by the name because I actually imagined chicken covered in butter…which actually doesn’t sound too bad.

But I soon learned that it was better than I could have ever imagined.  And it introduced me to a new ingredient, ghee, which is where the “butter” name comes from I imagine.

The traditional recipe is pretty calorie dense, and while it may be worth every bite, it may not (necessarily) push you closer to your wellness goals. Here’s my calorie-conscious version that takes about 15 minutes.

 

Healthy Butter Chicken Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb chicken breasts (chunks)
  • spray olive oil (or coconut oil)
  • Sauce:
    • 2 tablespoons ghee
    • 1/3 cup red onion, diced or chopped
    • 1 tablespoon ginger (fresh or powder)
    • 1/2 tablespoon garlic (minced or powder)
    • 14 oz crushed tomatoes
    • 2/3 cup coconut cream
    • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • Seasonings:
    • 1 teaspoon chili powder
    • 1 tablespoon cumin
    • 5 tablespoons coriander
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (or garam masala)
  • Garnish:
    • chopped cilantro
    • cinnamon

 

Steps:

  1. Set a nonstick skillet on medium heat and spray with olive oil or coconut oil.
  2. Add the chicken and cook it in the skillet for about 5 minutes, until the outside is no longer pink. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set it aside.
  3. Using the same skillet, add ghee and let it melt. Then, toss in onion, ginger and garlic.  Let it cook for about 2 minutes and be careful not to let the garlic burn.
  4. Add the seasonings and “bloom” them or gently sauté them in order to boost the flavors.  After about 1 minute (or until the spies are fragrant), add the chicken chunks, coconut cream and freshly squeezed lemon.
  5. Stir and cook for about 2 minutes then add the tomato.  Cover and simmer on low for about 6 to 8 minutes.
  6. Season to taste with sea salt & pepper and garnish with cilantro.

 

Approximate macros for 1 of 4 servings:

288 calories, 9g carbs, 16g fat, 29g protein, 2g fiber, <1g sugar

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