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vegan butter chik'un

This easy butter chik’un recipe tastes authentic and it’s totally vegan! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword basmati rice, vegan butter chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2
Author Lauren Toyota


  • 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


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Add coconut milk and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer. Add crushed tomatoes and sea salt and simmer for 15 minutes.

  5. 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.