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BYO Takeaway – Paleo Butter Chicken Recipe.

Ever since starting our fit + healthy journey, a simple dinner invitation is nightmarish. Don’t get us wrong, we LOVE being invited over to any meal, enjoying good company and having tonnes of fun. But now a simple dinner is a little more complicated. It involves always checking what’s on the menu first, and sometimes requesting ingredient lists. Most (actually all of our friends and family) now cater for a merrymaker approved meal, which is great! Not only are we eating well but we are influencing the ones we love too (winning!)

So maybe it’s not the homecooked meal we fear anymore…but it’s the invitation for takeaway. Chinese, pizza, fish and chips etc. are definitely off the cards for us. Why? Well there are too many reasons to list but to put it simply: these foods make us sick. After eating, we don’t feel good (and this lasts for a good two days!) So for us, we don’t see the point in eating these kinds of food. Plus the thought of canola oil bubbling away (deep fried foods) sounds like the start to a horror film!

Friday nights is ‘family dinner’. We all catch up, have a homecooked meal and chat about the week that was. Last week we got the invite and when we asked what was on the menu, the reply was… ‘takeaway’ (insert horror film sound track…think Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho).

Where are we going with this? Well—it’s our simple message of do what works for you and what makes you feel good. So, naturally, we brought our own takeaway! We made an afternoon of it and created the most delicious paleo butter chicken (yes… Indian is back on the menu!) The whole family was jealous and have now requested that we BYO merrymaker takeaway once a month! Next on the menu? Burgers and fries (minus the guilt!)

Oh, still drooling at the thought of butter chicken? Here’s our take on it!

Always merrymaking,

e + c

paleo butter chicken.
Serves 6
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
stuff you need
  1. 2 tbs. coconut oil
  2. 50g ghee (can be substituted for butter or more coconut oil)
  3. 2 full chicken breasts, cubed
  4. 1 brown onion chopped
  5. 2 tbs. fresh grated ginger
  6. 1 clove crushed garlic
  7. 3 tbs. ground coriander seed
  8. 3 tsp. ground cumin
  9. 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  10. 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  11. 1/2 tsp. chilli powder
  12. 1 zucchini diced
  13. 1 red capsicum diced
  14. 4 tbs. tomato paste (check the ingredients and make sure it is 100% tomatoes!)
  15. 1 large can pureed tomatoes (same as above)
  16. 400ml coconut milk
  17. 2 cups baby spinach
  1. now what.
  2. Heat half the coconut oil and half the ghee in a medium-high fry pan.
  3. Add half the chicken and cook for about three minutes (making sure all sides are sealed).
  4. Put this chicken aside into a bowl and repeat with the other half of the ingredients.
  5. Place this chicken into the chicken bowl.
  6. Reduce the heat to medium and sauté the onion, garlic and ginger.
  7. Add all of the spices and cook for a further minute or two.
  8. Add the tomato paste to the pan.
  9. Now add your zucchini and capsicum and cook for around two-three minutes.
  10. Place the chicken back into the fry pan along with the pureed tomatoes and coconut milk.
  11. Mix well and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
  12. Stir through the baby spinach until wilted.
  13. Check a piece of chicken and make sure it is cooked through.
  14. And that's it!
merrymaker tip
  1. Add turmeric to your cauli-rice or cauli-mini pita bread for that authentic Indian taste!
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Serve with fresh coriander and a side of your choice of cauli-rice and/or cauli-mini pita bread.

Comments 28

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  2. Thanks for that, I do love being able to make a batch of something and freeze it for later!

  3. I just made this (slight variations) and in the slow cooker. So delicious and so full of flavour. Thank you so much girls, work lunches are sorted for the week and a great recipe on hand for paleo dinner parties. Now for dessert…. Hmmmmmm!!! 🙁

  4. I made something inspired by this recipe, mostly because I didn’t have all of the ingredients listed…and it came out delicious. I used broccoli as my source of vegetable. The combination of tomato paste and coconut milk is so great. Next time I made this though, I want to add plantains! Thanks for the recipe.

  5. Hi Skylar, fantastic! It’s fun swapping up ingredients (especially when it works out!) We don’t use plantains over here very much! What are they like? e & c

  6. Ohhh they are the best- I’m currently obsessed with them. Although they look like bananas, they are considered a vegetable. Starchy, low in sugar, and a good source of potassium, vitamin A & C. They are great when they are either fried with some coconut oil or baked. If you get a chance, you need to try one. Thanks again for all of the great recipes. I’m going to try making the Superfood bar today or tomorrow!

  7. They sound just delicious and nutritious! We will keep our eyes open for plantains…we have never seen them at our local markets or grocer. 🙁
    Let us know how your superfood bars go!! e & c

  8. Another question (sorry to be a pain), how long would you cook this in the slow cooker for?

  9. Hi Tim, no pain at all! We haven’t tired it in the slow cooker yet but we are thinking 8 hours on low would work. Let us know how it goes! e & c

  10. Hi Tim
    I did mine in the slow cooker on the ‘auto’ setting for about 6 hours!
    The chicken was really tender when it was done and fell apart but that is what I liked about it! Hope this helps!

  11. Thanks so much, this is such a great recipe and so easy to prepare – my kids even love it!

  12. Fantastic recipe. The kids loved it and want it every night. Keep up the great work. I never post comments but feel this recipe deserves a wrap.

  13. Thanks for your feedback Di! We are so happy the kids approve and it is definitely one of our favourites as well. e & c

  14. Hi e & c, I just made this for dinner & served it with caluirice. Wow! It was amazing. So full of flavour & easy to make. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. Yummy

  15. Hey Sarah! Did we see your creation on Instagram?! If so, it looked AMAZING! Wish there was such thing as Instasmell – because we bet it smelt all kinds of delish! 😀 😀 Or maybe Instataste 😀 hehehhe! Thanks so much for sharing! e + c

  16. Yes, that was my dinner on Instagram. It was so delish???? I had it again for lunch today & all my workmates were soooo jealous of my fantastic lunch. Keep up the good work!

  17. Hi Matt, thanks so much for your comments today! We loved receiving them! 🙂 🙂 We are seriously so super glad you like the curry! You’ll have to try our new one that we just posted! 🙂 e + c

  18. Great recipe. Can’t wait to try it. Is there an alternative way without tomatoes. Im ok with the paste. Just not the plum tomatoes. Ty

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