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Healthy Primal Butter Chicken Recipe.

We absolutely have gone cray cray for curries this winter! ESPECIALLY when they are this easy!

Healthy Primal Butter Chicken Recipe 
We have this AMAZING curry place down the road from us and their entire menu is gluten free… which we totally love. It’s one of the take aways that doesn’t make us feel sick #winning! Yeeha! Because sometimes you just don’t feel like cooking, right?

Healthy Primal Butter Chicken Recipe
BUT for days when you DO feel like cooking up your own curry, maybe for a week worth of delish work lunches, or a fun friend gathering, this Healthy Primal Butter Chicken should be your go to recipe!

We vote serve this baby with a side of caulirice! OR Cauli Pita Bread (you can pretend it’s cauli naan bread! Yay for soaking up all the sauce!).

Always merrymaking,

Emma + Carla

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Healthy Primal Butter Chicken Recipe

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healthy primal butter chicken
Serves 6
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
  1. 1 kg (2 lbs.) chicken thighs cubed
  2. 1/3 cup ghee
  3. 1/3 cup coconut milk
  4. 3 tomatoes chopped
  5. 1 onion chopped
  6. 2 cloves garlic crushed
  7. 1 lemon juiced
  8. 2 tsp. fresh ginger grated
  9. 2 tsp. turmeric
  10. 2 tsp. paprika
  11. 2 tsp. garam masala
  12. 1 tsp. chilli powder
  13. 1 tsp. coriander seed
  14. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  15. Fresh coriander leaves
  1. In a large saucepan on medium heat melt the ghee.
  2. Add the chicken thighs and cook until they just turn white. Set the chicken aside.
  3. In the same saucepan add the onion, garlic, lemon juice, ginger and all the spices.
  4. Cook for around 5 minutes until all the spices start to smell amazing!
  5. Add the chicken back to the saucepan along with the coconut milk and tomatoes.
  6. Turn the heat down to low and allow to simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  7. Serve with fresh coriander leaves and caulirice (our recipe link is above!).
Merrymaker tip
  1. Be sure to make enough of this curry for lunch leftovers! Curry is always better the next day!
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  2. Is this an updated version of my favourite first ever Merrymaker recipe? Cause I’ve got it on rotation on my list of dinners, and we’re having it this Friday! Might need to try this one if it’s updated cause the last one was awesome so I can only imagine this one is even better. Hooray for curry! The BEST!!

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  4. It was my first ever paleo win with my husband so he was much less skeptical after he’d had this curry! I did wonder if you’d just improved the pics of it. Hehe!

  5. This is delicious Emma & Carla! I found I needed to add some salt. Maybe your garam masala has salt while mine doesn’t. My fiance insisted he wasn’t hungry, then went back for seconds. There is nothing lost in this tasty paleo version. This will be making a regular appearance on our table. Thank you.

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  7. Yum!! I have been perusing butter chicken recipes and I keep finding them using too much cream or even canned soup – yuck!

    So glad you guys posted this, because it sounds perfect and simple! Thanks 🙂

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    Hi Lindsay! We’re so glad you love the sounds of this recipe! We really don’t need to add all the cream and a huge amount of butter to get a delish curry! 🙂 And easy recipes are the best ones we say! hehe. 🙂 🙂

  9. I have followed the exact steps but mine has only the tiniest bit of soup/broth. How did you get yours to have so much liquid? (via the picture)

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