Indian Butter Chicken with Olive Oil

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A healthier version of Indian Butter Chicken.  Olive oil replaces the butter and reduces the saturated fat keeping all the flavor.

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Serendipity!  I just love that I can use that beautiful word about a recipe. It perfectly describes how this recipe came together.  You see,  I’d been working on a heart healthy version of Indian Butter Chicken for my husband, who had a heart attack almost 2 years ago.  He is from India and it gives me great satisfaction to be able to cook some of his favorite comfort foods in more healthy ways.  As you can guess, Butter Chicken has a lot of butter, ghee, in it.  I had tried a version with just a tablespoon of butter but they were not providing that luxurious feel this dish needs.

Then the stars aligned, the sky opened and I heard about Star Butter Flavored Olive Oil.  You better believe I did a happy dance.  Olive oil is heart healthy and has no cholesterol.  Now I could use butter flavored olive oil.  This could be the answer I needed.  Since Star Butter Flavored Olive Oil is only available as Walmart, I kept my fingers crossed that the Walmart by me would have it in stock.  As luck would have it, I did find it.  Another quick stop at Publix for some Greenwise chicken thighs and I was ready to rock and roll.



I knew very little about Indian food before I met my husband.  One bite and I was hooked though.  Indian food is so flavorful and full of spice.  It is sometimes “blow your mind” spicy hot and other times it is chock full of spice flavor but not heat.  Part of coming to terms with hubby’s heart attack is finding new ways to enjoy old things.  I want to be able to give him a taste of home but in a way that keeps his heart healthy.  I cannot tell you how excited I was to find butter flavored olive oil.

When it comes to eating Indian Butter Chicken for dinner, my husband has some stiff competition from our little one.  She adores it and will devour everything on her plate than look for more.  I will see each of them, with a piece of naan in their hand, trying to get to the leftover gravy first.  I’ll hear “It’s mine.  No, it’s mine!” being bantered between the two of them.  Then fits of giggles will escape my little ones red gravy covered mouth.


That is why I love to cook for my family.  It’s not just that the food tastes delicious and is healthy.  It’s about having some time to escape the day and bond with each other.  It gives us a break from stress and responsibility and reminds us what is important in life, each other.  The “cherry on the sundae” is that they are getting heart healthy food and hopefully, we are instilling healthy eating habits into our little one.  I also love that food can transport you to another place and time.  Since we live in the US, my little one doesn’t get a lot of immersion into the Indian culture.  By cooking Indian food, she can learn and be part of both parts of her heritage.

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I was really thrilled with the results of this recipe using Star Butter Flavored Olive Oil.  It gave me the butter flavor I wanted without adding any cholesterol.  That is a huge win in my book. It’s just another way that we are taking our life back from heart disease instead of being controlled by it.   My little one liked it too.  She named it “Spicy Good Chicken”.  Try Indian Butter Olive Oil Chicken for dinner and bring a little bit of our family to yours.
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Indian Butter Olive Oil Chicken

Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 276 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla


To Marinade Chicken:

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into large chunks
  • 1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 piece of ginger 3 inch, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 dried chili seeds removed for less spicy heat

For gravy:

  • 4 tsp Star Butter Flavored Olive Oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes 15 oz., pureed
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ¼ cup soy or coconut creamer or fat-free half and half
  • Lime wedges


  1. Place ingredients for marinade into a food processor and puree.
  2. Add chicken to large plastic bag along with marinade. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to overnight.
  3. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat with Star Butter Flavored Olive Oil.
  4. Add onion, garlic, and ginger and cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Add coriander, garam masala, turmeric, tomato paste and salt. Cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute.
  6. Add tomato puree and honey, and bring to a simmer.
  7. Add chicken (without the marinade). Cover and cook for about 15 minutes, or until chicken is done.
  8. Add cream and cook until just warmed.
  9. Serve with lime wedges, rice and raita.
Nutrition Facts
Indian Butter Olive Oil Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 276 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 11g
Protein 31g 62%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Looks delicious Christie! I've never tried butter-flavored olive oil - and love the idea of getting the flavor or butter with the health benefits of olive oil!
  2. Paula - bell'alimento says
    You had me at butter and now I'm already thinking about dinner and I haven't even had breakfast yet.
  3. Oh, this sounds so good. It's really hard to switch up your cooking to make things healthier, but think of all the good you are doing your sweet family. Yay you!!
  4. This looks fantastic! I'll be on the look out for that oil - sounds like a great choice!
  5. This looks amazing! The recipe sounds simple too! I'm not very familiar with Indian cuisine, but the couple of times I've had it, I loved it! Is the "dried chili" just a red chili that you can find on a spice aisle?
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Tia, You can use red pepper flakes if you would like or a generic red chili from the spice aisle. I sometimes find them cheaper in the international section of my grocery store.
  6. I am so excited to learn about this product! What a great idea! Deb
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Debbie, I wished I had known about this olive oil before. I would have been using it. I'll be keeping it in my pantry from now on.
  7. Yumm this looks so great and glad to find out about this olive oil! I LOVE Indian Food as well pinning this recipe for sure!
  8. Theresa @DearCreatives says
    I didn't know there was a butter flavored olive oil. Your recipe sounds yummy!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Theresa, I didn't know about it either. Wish I had. I would have been cooking with it a long time ago.
  9. I have to try this Christie! My hubby loves Indian food, but I prefer things a bit lighter!
  10. Oh the possibilities with this oil! I've been trying to switch up my cooking to use more oil so this will be perfect. Your Chicken sounds delish!
  11. Looks so yummy! I've never even heard of butter-flavored olive oil. I'll have to give it a try.
  12. Christie this recipe looks amazing and I can't wait to see if I can find this oil locally! I loved your story about your little one and your husband fighting over the last bits of gravy. It reminds me of my Dad and Brother hiding the last piece of cake, cookie or whatever baked good was most recently made. Fun times!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Thanks so much Tammy. I'm sure my little one knows that my husband will give her the last of the gravy but it is fun to watch them fight over it. Love all the memories food can provide.
  13. I love indian food! This looks amazing!
  14. wow that looks good
  15. I read this on my phone yesterday Christie and have been waiting to come comment. What a beautiful recipe and post! Taking on another culture's cooking, especially when it's a loved one's 'home cooking' is a challenge that you have mastered with aplomb! Love knowing about the olive oil blend too; thanks!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Thanks so much Toni. I have to say I fully enjoy cooking Indian food now. It feels like comfort food to me too now.
  16. Can't wait to give this a try! I love butter flavor...but ya, that cholesterol. Glad to know there's a healthy alternative!
  17. Ellen Schabes says
    What a great idea! I'll have to check it out! But is there a sub for the yogurt? I keep kosher no meat and milk) Thanks


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