Butter Chicken recipe and a dash of self-care & self-love

November 10, 2016
chicken, butter chicken

Recently, my sister who lives in Sydney posted a photograph of what she had cooked for dinner on Facebook.  It was Butter Chicken.  How coincidental, I thought, that is what I’m cooking for dinner tonight.  So later, I posted a photo of my Butter Chicken (the photo in the recipe below) and tagged her saying “Guess what’s for dinner here tonight. Great minds! ”  After some discussion we realised that we had both cooked the same recipe, given to us by Mum (original source unknown).  This is a really easy recipe and one that is a family favourite ‘comfort food’ kind of dinner and low in calories too, so I thought I’d share it with you.  You’re welcome!

Butter Chicken
Serves 5
Family Favourite 'Comfort Food' (but low calorie) Dinner
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
  1. 800g chicken breast fillets (or use thigh fillets if you prefer)
  2. 1 onion diced
  3. 1 tsp minced garlic
  4. 1 tsp minced ginger
  5. 1 tsp cinnamon
  6. 1 tsp tumeric
  7. 1 tsp dried coriander
  8. 2 tsp paprika
  9. 1 tsp cumin
  10. 1/8 tsp chilli powder
  11. 2 tsp chicken stock powder
  12. 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  13. 1 tablespoon cornflour
  14. 375ml can Evaporated Light Milk
  1. Cut chicken into bite sized pieces
  2. Spray cooking spray in pan
  3. Saute chicken, onion, garlic and ginger until chicken is just cooked
  4. Add spices and stock powder and combine
  5. Add tomato paste, stir and combine
  6. When chicken is looking cooked - blend cornflour with milk and add to pan
  7. Stir, bringing to boil to thicken
  8. Turn heat down to simmer until ready to serve
  9. Serve with Basmati rice
  1. I use Nestle Carnation Light & Creamy Evaporated Milk
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…and a dash of Self-Care & Self-Love…

I’ve been participating in an Instagram Challenge #30daysofselfcareandlove run by Deb of Inner Compass Designs and I’m really enjoying it!  Are you participating too?  You can do the whole 30 days or just participate here and there when you want to.  In the spirit of #lovinlife I’d thought I’d share the pics I’ve contributed in the challenge so far.  Hover over images to see the ‘prompt’ word. Click on the image to see at full size and to read in full the words of explanation that accompany them. Note that Day 7 will be posted after the gallery below because it is a video.  



Today’s prompt word is ’10 o’clock’.  What will you be doing at 10 o’clock?  What have you been doing in the way of self-care and self-love lately?   Tell me, are you a fan of Butter Chicken? 

Ciao for now,



Link up here at WOTM or with another of us in the Lovin’ Life Linky team:
Leanne of Deep Fried Fruit, Johanna of Lifestyle Fifty, Lyndall of Seize the Day Project,
Kathy of 50 Shades of Age, and Deb of Debbish
It doesn’t matter where you link up as it will magically appear on all six blogs


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  • Reply Lyndall @ Seize The Day Project November 10, 2016 at 7:30 am

    That butter chicken looks awesome Min. So pleased to see you doing some “self love” things. Thanks for the reminder – I need to do a few more for myself too x #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Min November 10, 2016 at 5:02 pm

      The Butter Chicken recipe is really yum Lyndall – a great low cal version! I’m enjoying the Insta challenge. It’s always good to take care of ourselves! πŸ™‚ xo

  • Reply Deborah November 10, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Wow, some stunning pics there Min and I love the butter chicken recipe. I used to have a fave place I’d get Indian when I lived in Brisbane but not really had it much recently. I do find – however – it’s easier to make than Thai or Chinese and get it tasting closer to the authentic thing!

    • Reply Min November 10, 2016 at 5:06 pm

      Thanks Deb! The BC recipe is a great low cal version and really quick and easy to make. I love Indian food!! A lot of it is SO fattening though! Yes I think it’s much easier than Thai or Chinese and easier to get it tasting authentic.

  • Reply Natalie @ Our Parallel Connection November 10, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Is there a little family competition about who cooks the best Butter Chicken?? LOL. I love love this idea of self care and love. I am joining (even though late) and will do a quick catch up.

    • Reply Min November 10, 2016 at 5:08 pm

      LOL not really though she did comment that mine looked saucier than hers! haha It did reduce down a bit further after cooking a little longer though. That’ll be awesome to see you joining in on the Insta challenge. Doesn’t matter if you’re late & you can do as much or as little as you please. xo

  • Reply Anne November 10, 2016 at 9:16 am

    I haven’t had butter chicken in ages, think I might just try your recipe!

    • Reply Min November 10, 2016 at 5:09 pm

      Give it a try Anne – you’ll love it and it’s low cal! Winner! πŸ˜‰ xo

  • Reply Kathy Marris November 10, 2016 at 9:31 am

    I don’t normally cook Butter Chicken because I thought it was too high in fat, however this version using light Carnation milk looks like a low fat option so I must try it. I have taken part in photo challenges previously and they are a great way to make you more mindful of your surrounds. Your photos are fabulous. Lately I have been trying to get my health and self care back on track after abusing my body for a while. That’s what a busy life does to you sometimes!

    • Reply Min November 10, 2016 at 5:42 pm

      It’s a really yum low cal alternative Kathy! I’m enjoying doing Deb’s photo challenge. It’s been ages since I’ve done one. You’re right too – I always find taking photographs and keeping an awareness through the day of appropriate subjects to photograph really encourage mindfulness. I’ve been focussing on getting my health and self care on track too! I sure do know what a busy life can do to you. Hope you’re feeling in tip top form real soon! πŸ™‚ xo

  • Reply Jo ~ Lifestyle Fifty November 10, 2016 at 10:26 am

    This looks like a fabulous version of Butter Chicken, which like Kathy I don’t normally cook because it seems very high in calories. But your version not only looks delicious, but not high in fat, and the best plus … not too tricky to make! So I shall definitely bookmark this page for dinner at the weekend πŸ™‚ I love the self care challenge you’ve been involved in – it made me stop and think. Your photos and captions are lovely. #teamlovinlife

    • Reply Min November 10, 2016 at 5:43 pm

      It’s a fab version Jo for when you’re watching calories and tastes delicious plus is easy to throw together. Glad you like my photo’s for the challenge – it’s been fun! I’m really enjoying it. πŸ™‚ xo

  • Reply Deb @ inner compass designs November 10, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Loving having you joining in with the challenge min with all your gorgeous photos. Thanks for sharing it around. Xxx

    • Reply Min November 10, 2016 at 5:44 pm

      Thank you Deb! My pleasure – I love to share! πŸ™‚ xo

  • Reply Janet Camilleri aka Middle Aged Mama November 10, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever had butter chicken! I’m not good with curries and the like – my nose and eyes stream even with the mildest, and I must have very sensitive taste buds because even soft drink burns! I do make a chettinad chicken curry which has some similar ingredients, but I cut back to only 1/2 teasp each of the spices because I’m such a sook πŸ˜‰

    • Reply Min November 10, 2016 at 7:22 pm

      Oh Janet!! Dare you to give this recipe a go. It’s not too hot and spicy and besides if you cook it yourself you can control that yourself (eg. reduce the 1/8 tsp of chilli powder or leave it out if you prefer). It is SO yummy – bet you’d love it! πŸ™‚ #TeamLovinLife

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit November 11, 2016 at 11:28 am

    I remember reading the Power of Now while sitting on a rock next to the ocean and that feeling of being in the NOW made it seem as though the ocean had literally entered my body and hugged me. It was the oddest yet most powerful experience. Weird but true. I then went back to the house and wrote a book! In one sitting. Just wrote a children’s book because it had awakened the creativity inside me.

    • Reply Min November 11, 2016 at 6:08 pm

      I know that feeling well Leanne. I experienced something similar when I first read the book. Unfortunately I didn’t get the burst of creativity to go with it though! lol

  • Reply Leanne@ www.crestingthehill.com.au November 11, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    My husband is a big fan of butter chicken – I’m not a very adventurous eater – so he saves it as his treat for when we eat out! Thanks for hosting – love this linky πŸ™‚

    • Reply Min November 11, 2016 at 6:10 pm

      Butter chicken is pretty much a staple in this house (well this low cal version anyway) – not adventurous at all! lol I’m so glad you love the linky Leanne. Hope to see you again next week! πŸ™‚ xo

  • Reply Sue November 11, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Delicious recipe Min which I will be trying out and I just love the pictures of the Instagram Self Love challenge what a great idea! Thanks for hosting the link up and see you next week.

    • Reply Min November 11, 2016 at 6:12 pm

      Hope you love the recipe Sue. I’m pretty sure you will! Yes – great challenge by Deb. I’m really enjoying it. The whole of #TeamLovinLife is lovin’ and enjoyin’ hosting this link up so much. Look forward to seeing you again next week! πŸ™‚ xo

  • Reply Jo Tracey November 12, 2016 at 4:43 am

    I’m going to try that recipe- my daughter is a real sucker for butter chicken. Snap! πŸ™‚

    • Reply Min November 14, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      Hope you and your daughter love it Jo! (haha love the snap) πŸ™‚ xo

  • Reply Seona November 12, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Wow – this looks absolutely amazing Min. Copying now! x

    • Reply Min November 14, 2016 at 2:53 pm

      Hope you enjoy it Seona! It’s a way to be able to have what it commonly thought of as a ‘fattening’ meal. This low cal version is still really yummy! πŸ™‚ xo

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