Guided by Sarah Appleford

Butter Chicken With Chickpeas And Cauliflower Rice

40 min
21 ingredients
6 servings
This fragrant Butter Chicken with Chickpeas And Cauliflower Rice is full of flavour. Providing a great source of protein and fibre, this dish is the ideal one to prep in advance for the week ahead.
400 cals
19% of the average
persons daily intake.
Based 2080 cal daily avg.
400 cals
28 g
30 g
20 g
19% of the average
persons daily intake.
Based 2080 cal daily avg.


  • 500g chicken breast
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 200ml coconut cream
  • 400ml diced tomatoes
  • 400g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 850g cauliflower
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp ghee or butter
  • 1 bunch fresh coriander
  • 1 lemon


Step 1

Dice the chicken breast fillets into 1 cm cubes and place in a large bowl.

Step 2

Peel and grate the fresh ginger. Crush 3 garlic cloves and add with the ginger to the chicken.

Step 3

Add the ground turmeric and garam masala. Stir well to coat the chicken.

Step 4

Pour in 100mls of coconut cream and stir until well combined. Cover the chicken mixture and place in the fridge for a least 30 mins.

Step 5

Finely dice the onion and crush the remaining 2 garlic cloves.

Step 6

In a small bowl, combine the ground ginger, coriander, cumin, chilli and salt. Set aside.

Step 7

In a deep pan over medium heat, heat the coconut oil. Sautee the onion until translucent and slightly golden.

Step 8

Add the marinated chicken and fry until lightly brown.

Step 9

Add the spice mixture and stir for 1-2 minutes or until fragrant.

Step 10

Pour in the remaining coconut cream and diced tomatoes. Stir well until combined.

Step 11

Add the chickpeas and stir well. Turn down the heat to low-medium and simmer for 15 minutes.

Step 12

Meanwhile, prepare the cauliflower rice. Cut the cauliflower into rough florets.

Step 13

Add to a food processor and pulse until you achieve a rice grain-like texture.

Step 14

In a pan, melt the ghee or butter over medium heat. Add the cauliflower rice and the peas. Sautee until slightly soft.

Step 15

To serve, portion the cauliflower and pea rice and butter chicken. Add a generous portion of fresh coriander and a squeeze of lemon.
Sarah Appleford
Sarah Appleford
Sarah Appleford is a registered clinical nutritionist who believes achieving optimal health and wellbeing relies on living with intention.


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