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Easy butter chicken with coriander chutney

Fakeaways: easy butter chicken with coriander chutney

Our healthy version of this popular takeaway dish uses yoghurt instead of cream and is served with brown rice - making it low in fat and high in fibre.

Butter chicken with brown rice

498 calories per serving, including rice
Fakeaway butter chicken: 1.6g salt per serving
Takeaway butter chicken: 3.6g salt per serving

Serves 2


For the marinade

  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1-2 tsp hot chilli powder
  • 150g natural yoghurt

For the curry

  • 500g chicken thighs, skinned and boned
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 green chilli, chopped
  • Thumb-sized piece of ginger, grated
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp ground fenugreek
  • 3 tbsp tomato purée
  • 300ml chicken stock
  • 25g unsalted butter
  • 140g brown basmati rice, cooked
  • Lime wedges

For the coriander chutney

  • 1 large bunch coriander
  • 1 green chilli, chopped
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Pinch of cumin
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Mix the marinade ingredients with seasoning. Chop the chicken into bite-sized pieces, toss with the marinade and leave in fridge for 1 hour or up to overnight.
  2. To make the coriander chutney, put the coriander, green chilli, lemon juice, cumin and salt in a blender and blitz until smooth. Add 1 tbsp of water if the mixture is too thick. Cover and keep in fridge until needed.
  3. When the chicken is ready, heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion, garlic, chilli and ginger and season to taste. Fry on a medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until soft and slightly caramelised.
  4. Add the spices and tomato purée and cook for 5 minutes until fragrant, add the stock and marinated chicken. Cook for 15 minutes, stir in the butter. Cook for another 5 minutes and serve with rice and lime wedges.

Rob Hobson MSc RNutr is an award-winning registered nutritionist (AFN) and sports nutritionist (SENR) with over 15 years of experience. He founded London-based consultancy RH Nutrition, and has degrees in nutrition, public health nutrition and sports nutrition.

Find out more at Rob Hobson's website, or read more about Healthspan's health experts.

Nothing beats a healthy, balanced diet to provide all the nutrients we need. But when this isn't possible, supplements can help. This article isn't intended to replace medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying supplements or herbal medicines.