No Butter Butter Chicken – Using Rotisserie Chicken, Coconut Milk

Who doesn’t pick up a rotisserie chicken?  I know it’s easy to roast your own, but I need the balance of convenience of cooking too.  So, after a recent jaunt to the mall where there was a new Indian food place, Franklin had a small sample of the Butter Chicken and was raving about it, it inspired me to actually try to make it.  I’ve been meaning to try it for a while ever since I bought Club House Indian Masala spice mix.

Using the left over chicken and the butter chicken motivation I doctored the recipe so Baby 2, with his allergy to dairy products could enjoy with us.  You can find the original recipe here with all the different spices listed here.


1/2 cooked chicken cubed (give or take.   I just used a breast and a bit of a leg)
2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
2 tbsp (30 mL) vegan margarine (butter if you can have it)
1 large diced onion (2 small or 2/3 cup (150 mL))
4 tbsp (60 mL) Club House Indian Masala Seasoning
1 can (19 fl oz) diced tomato
1/3 cup (75 mL) coconut milk

  1. Stir-fry onions in butter until golden (about 15 minutes).
  2. Add Club House Indian Masala Seasoning, tomato and coconut milk.
  3. Simmer 10 minutes.
  4. Add cooked chicken. Simmer 5 minutes.
  5. Serve over rice.

My Notes:

  • For the tomatoes I used 1/2 bottled Aurora crushed and strained tomatoes bought at Costco.   But, if you’re not interested in buying 6  bottles at a time, I’m pretty sure I bought one bottle at Walmart’s Super Store before.  It’s great!  It is a product of Italy and the ingredients are only tomato and salt.
  • I used coconut milk because that’s all I had on hand, but coconut cream would be delicious. Or a plain non-dairy yogurt.  They make yogurt made with coconut, soy yogurt, etc.  I’ve only bought the coconut yogurt at Nature’s Emporium.  A bit pricey but lots of vegan products, organic fruits and vegetables, cooked foods, huge vitamin section.
  • Instead of canned tomatoes I think I’ll try fresh tomatoes next time.
  • Going to try using chick peas instead of chicken next time.

Even Franklin liked it.  Which is just as ‘big’ as both pre-schooler and toddler liked it too.  Franklin doesn’t like leftovers.  Who does?  But, with his EPS episodes I tolerate his prima donna attitude.  I’d rather he eat something that won’t mess up his stomach.

Boy 1 even wanted to take it to school for lunch!  And Boy 2, whom I thought maybe the spices would be too strong for him, loved it.

Making it again tonight!


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