It’s Not Butter Chicken

No it’s not – but it is still DE-FREAKING-LICIOUS!

Not Butter Chicken is one of the weight-loss patient inspired recipes submitted for the new cookbook (yet to be named). ¬†I’ve tweaked it a little and added in the details for how I prepare our cauliflower rice. ¬†Because cauliflower rice is so damned delicious that it has to be served with as many dishes as possible!

Recipe: It's Not Butter Chicken
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Full of flavour, creamy and delicious, this adapted recipe meets all the sugar and fat numbers for weight-loss surgery patients and is also Paleo.
Course: Poultry
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4 people
  • 450 grams Skinless Boneless Chicken - diced I use thigh
  • 1 Onion - diced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 Yellow Capsicum - diced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp ground chilli powder
  • 4 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 150 mls Coconut Milk or cream if you prefer
  • 4 cups freshBaby Spinach - chopped
  • 1 juice of a fresh lemon
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  1. Melt the coconut oil in a large frying pan. Add the onions and garlic and cook until the onion is soft. Add the chicken.
  2. When the chicken is cooked through, lower the heat and add the yellow capsicum. Cook for 2-3 minutes
  3. Stir through the spices, tomato paste and coconut milk. Lower the heat and simmer for approximately 10 minutes until the vegetables are soft.
  4. Add spinach, lemon juice and the salt and pepper. Simmer for another 5 minutes - until the spinach has wilted. Serve with Cauliflower Rice.
Cauliflower Rice
  1. I normally use around 1/4 head of cauliflower for 2-3 people.but its so damn delicious that if you use more, I won't judge! Roughly chop the cauliflower and throw it in a pan with 1 tbsp of coconut oil and 1 tbsp of coconut aminos. Give it a quick fry, around 3-4 minutes and then chuck it in the food processor and whiz it to the consistency of rice. Done!



2 thoughts on “It’s Not Butter Chicken”

  • This looks awesome! Do you have any recommendations for a coconut substitute for people with an aversion? So many delicious Paleo recipes seem to call for the stuff but I would much rather use something else. Thanks!

    • Hi Shanna! You can use Tamari Sauce however it’s still made from soy beans like Soy Sauce is. Tamari Sauce is a heck of a lot more natural for the most part than Soy, think of it as the original. I use it sometimes, in fact, I’m using it a bit more now as I find it has a nicer, fuller flavour. You would only need about 1/2 – 3/4 of the amount called for if you swapped it for coconut aminos.
      There’s a good article here on the differences between the three:

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