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black bowl with white rice and butter chicken and vegetables

Easy Dairy Free Butter Chicken with Vegetables

  • Author: Caitlin
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This rich and flavorful Indian-inspired butter chicken is fast and easy to make, and includes vegetables to make it a complete meal! Bonus: it’s Low-FODMAP!


  • 4 Tablespoons ghee or coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 oz tomato paste (or about 1/3 cup)
  • 1.25 pounds chicken thighs, chopped into bite-sized cubes
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 sweet bell peppers, sliced
  • 2 medium zucchini, chopped into bite-sized chunks
  • 2 cups cooked basmati rice

For topping: lemon wedges and fresh cilantro

For serving: rice of choice! (Cauliflower rice, brown rice, basmati rice, etc.) Or try some roti or naan!

Optional: this dish is often made with garlic, which you can definitely add in the step with the chicken if you’d like!


  1. In a large pot, melt the coconut oil or ghee (can use butter here if preferred)
  2. Add in the spices – garam masala, cayenne, cumin, turmeric, black pepper – and the tomato paste. Stir and sauté gently for a 30-60 seconds, until fragrant and well mixed.
  3. Add the chopped chicken to the pot, stirring well to cover with the spice mixture. Cook until chicken starts to brown, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Pour in the apple cider vinegar and stir to degalze the pan. This also cuts through the richness, so I don’t recommend skipping it.
  5. Add the bell peppers, zucchini, and the coconut milk to the pot and stir.
  6. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes.*note, you can simmer uncovered if you prefer a thicker sauce.
  7. Top with a squeeze of fresh lemon (don’t skip this step!!), and some fresh cilantro (optional) and serve with the rice of your choosing!


Nutrition Label includes 2 cups white rice (1/2 cup per serving), and is for 4 servings. However, this is more like 5 servings for many people. 👍

Feel free to toss in a can of drained chickpeas to stretch this dish to feed 5-6 adults.

  • Category: One Pot
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Indian

Keywords: low fodmap, butter chicken, butter-less chicken, dairy free butter chicken

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