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Butter Chicken Clay Pot Recipe

Gut-Friendly and Gluten-Free Butter Chicken Clay Pot Recipe

Credit: Lee Holmes

Everything just tastes better in a clay pot — even this tasty, gluten-free butter chicken recipe! This version will help give your Friday-night curry a gut-friendly upgrade.

Serves: 4



  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large brown onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3cm knob fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Celtic sea salt
  • 750g boneless, skinless chicken thighs, halved or cut into pieces
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 400mL tomato passata
  • 250mL coconut cream
  • 100g roasted unsalted cashews, crushed or finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • Coriander leaves, to serve
  • Cauliflower rice or cooked rice, to serve
  1. Heat olive oil in large clay pot or heavy-based saucepan over medium heat. Sauté onion for 3–4 mins, or until softened. Add garlic and ginger and sauté for 1 min.
  2. Stir in ground spices and salt and sauté for about 2 mins, or until fragrant.
  3. Add chicken and cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 mins, before adding bay leaf, passata, coconut cream and cashews.
  4. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 20–25 mins, or until chicken is cooked through.
  5. Stir in lemon juice, scatter with coriander leaves and serve with cauliflower rice or your choice of accompaniments.


Lee Holmes

Lee Holmes is a nutritionist, yoga and meditation teacher, wholefoods chef, Lifestyle Food Channel’s Healthy Eating Expert, blogger and author of the best-selling books Supercharged Food: Eat Your Way to Health, Supercharged Food: Eat Yourself Beautiful, Eat Clean, Green and Vegetarian, Heal your Gut, Eat Right for Your Shape and Supercharged Food for Kids.

Lee’s food philosophy is all about S.O.L.E. food: sustainable, organic, local and ethical. Her main goal is to alter the perception that cooking fresh, wholesome, nutrient-rich meals is difficult, complicated and time-consuming. From posting recipes, her passion to share her autoimmune disease story and help others has snowballed and the blog has recently taken home the overall prize at the Bupa Health Influencer Awards as well as the best blog in the Healthy Eating category. She also runs a four-week online Heal Your Gut program.