Dairy-Free Butter Chicken

Butter chicken is a popular Indian dish that originated in New Delhi, India. It is rich, aromatic, and delicious. Our special butter chicken recipe is all about succulent pieces of chicken cooked with a variety of spices and coconut cream to make it dairy-free, yet lip-smackingly good.

Dairy-free Butter Chicken Recipe

Ingredients (Sauce/Marinade):

  • 1.5lb / 700gm chicken thigh meat, bite sized
  • 2 teaspoons Mekhala Organic Butter Masala Paste
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1 cup thickened cream (Dairy-free option: 0.5 cup coconut cream + 0.5 cup stock)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Some cream for drizzling on top


  1. To make this easy butter chicken recipe, heat vegetable oil in a saucepan and brown chicken pieces.
  2. Add Mekhala Organic butter Masala Paste, tomato puree, and cream and mix well to combine. Use coconut cream for a dairy-free version.
  3. Simmer on low heat till cooked (approximately 10 to 15 minutes).
  4. Dish into a serving bowl, drizzle some cream on top and serve hot with steamed rice or toasted naan bread.

Do try this Indian butter chicken recipe for lunch or dinner, and let us know what you thought of it.

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