Easy Healthy Butter Chicken Sauce Recipe | Dairy Free, Vegetarian Option

This easy healthy butter chicken sauce recipe has been on high rotation on our family menu plan since creation, and once you try it you’ll quickly see why!

Not only is it SUPER EASY to make, but it’s also healthy, versatile and free from artificial preservatives, colours, flavours and other unnecessary stuff that comes from jar/packet sauces.

My from-scratch healthy butter chicken sauce recipe was featured in one of my Healthy On a Budget video series (tradie meal prep) and my husband has been obsessed ever since!  Much to my surprise (relief) it’s also a recipe that has been approved by my two toughest critics (aka toddlers).

Once you’ve made the sauce you can use it as you would a jar or packet butter chicken sauce, meaning you can add what you need to suit your dietary or lifestyle requirements.  I personally love adding steamed cauliflower and chickpeas to create a delicious vegetarian butter chicken, but my husband loves having his with baked chicken, peas and sweet potato.


  • Steamed cauliflower florets, cooked and drained chickpeas and finely chopped spinach
  • Steamed pumpkin, meat free ‘meat balls’ and served with a side of steamed green vegetables
  • Grilled tofu and cauliflower ‘rice’


  • Baked chicken (sliced), frozen peas and steamed sweet potato
  • Chicken meatballs, finely chopped spinach and steamed pumpkin with cauliflower ‘rice’

Here’s the healthy butter chicken sauce recipe you NEED in your life!

Easy Healthy Butter Chicken Sauce Recipe | Dairy Free, Vegetarian Option
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A delicious, easy and healthy butter chicken sauce recipe that the whole family will love.
Recipe type: Lunch and Dinner
Cuisine: Indian Inspired
Serves: 4 serves
  • 1 tsp crushed ginger
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp paprika (sub chilli powder if you prefer hot)
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • ¼ red onion, finely sliced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tsp pure maple syrup (sub rice malt syrup)
  • 1 tbsp smooth almond butter or cashew butter (sub peanut butter for budget-friendly option)
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • Optional: 2 heaped tbsp natural unsweetened coconut yogurt
  1. In a pan, heat the onion, garlic, ginger and spices over a medium heat for approximately 1 minute, stirring regularly.
  2. Reduce the pan heat to low and add the canned tomatoes, almond butter (or alternative) and maple syrup. Allow to simmer, stirring regularly, for approximately 3-4 minutes.
  3. Stir through the coconut milk and allow to simmer for a further 3-4 minutes or until sauce thickens slightly.
  4. Remove the sauce from the heat and (optional) stir through the coconut yogurt.
  5. Serve with your choice of protein and vegetables (options provided above) and rice, cauliflower 'rice', quinoa or alternative.
  6. Store left over sauce in the fridge or freezer.

You can watch me make this easy healthy butter chicken sauce recipe in this video too!


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Krissy Ropiha is a Certified Nutrition and Health Coach specialising in early childhood nutrition and a Psychology graduate (BScPsycHons).  She is passionate about supporting, inspiring and empowering busy mums to take back control of their family’s health, get nourishing meals on the table in less than 30 minutes and achieve happy and successful family meal times.

Strive for nourishment, not perfection.