This is a quick and easy vegan butter chik’un recipe that tastes like the real thing. Promise! There’s a wonderful world of meat-free substitutes available these days, and I’m here to use them to my full advantage. There’s a ton of spices packed into this dish, and your tastebuds will thank me for it. Serve this on a bed of fresh basmati rice with some fresh cilantro on top for an impressive date night meal!
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vegan butter chik’un
This easy butter chik’un recipe tastes authentic and it’s totally vegan!
- 1/2 C basmati rice
- 1 C water
- 2 tbsp vegan butter
- 2 vegan chicken breasts
- 2 tbsp + 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1/2 finely chopped white onion
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1 tsp coriander
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 can full fat coconut milk
- 1/2 C canned crushed tomatoes
- 1 tsp sea salt
Bring basmati rice, water, and 1 tablespoon of vegan butter to a boil. Reduce to low/simmer, and cover with a lid. Once all the water is absorbed, fluff the rice with a fork, remove from heat and leave covered until ready to serve the butter chik’un.
In a pan, heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil over medium heat and add frozen vegan chicken breasts. Brown for 3 to 4 minutes a side and cut into small chunks. Remove chicken from the pan and aside.
Keep the same pan over medium heat, and add another 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and finely chopped onion. Sauté for 2 minutes. Add all the spices to the onions and sauté until softened and fragrant, for about another 5 minutes. At this point, you might need to add one more teaspoon of coconut oil if the mixture looks dry and is sticking. Add minced garlic and stir frequently for 1 minute.
Add coconut milk and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer. Add crushed tomatoes and sea salt and simmer for 15 minutes.
Stir in 1 tablespoon of vegan butter and add chunks of vegan chicken back into the pan. Reduce heat to low and stir occasionally for another 3 minutes. Serve immediately over rice and top with fresh cilantro leaves if desired.