BUTTER CHICKEN SALAD
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Introducing butter chicken… the lighter, fresher way! This butter chicken salad is a great summery alternative to a heavy curry.

Butter chicken salad with spiced yoghurt, pickled red onion and garlic naan bread.

It’s packed with just as much flavour as a curry, and will still fill you up.

The salad sits on a butter chicken-spiced yoghurt, which acts as a sort of dressing and means there’s no shortage of sauce!

The chicken itself is coated in a butter chicken spice paste and oven baked until juicy and tender.

Instead of rice, we serve the salad with way-more-delicious garlic naan bread. Crunchy roasted cashews add the perfect finishing touch.

 

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Butter chicken salad with spiced yoghurt, pickled red onion and garlic naan bread.

BUTTER CHICKEN SALAD

Difficulty: Easy
Ready In: 35 minutes
Serves: 4

Butter chicken, the lighter, fresher way! This butter chicken salad is a great summery alternative to a heavy curry. It’s packed with flavour and will still fill you up.

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Ingredients

QUICK PICKLED ONION

  • 1 red onion
  • 1/3 cup water (80ml)
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar (80ml)
  • 1 Tbsp caster sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt

CHICKEN

  • 50 g butter chicken curry paste (1.8oz)
  • 600 g boneless, skinless chicken thighs (1lb 5oz)
  • 2 tsp olive oil

SALAD

  • 2/3 cup plain, unsweetened yoghurt (160ml)
  • 100 g baby cos lettuce (3.5oz)
  • 200 g cherry tomatoes (7oz)
  • 1 Lebanese cucumber
  • 2 large handfuls fresh coriander
  • 80 g feta cheese (2.8oz)
  • 300 g garlic naan bread (from chilled section) 10.6oz)
  • 1/2 cup roasted salted cashews (75g)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC (360ºF) fan bake and line a large oven tray with baking paper.

  2. PREPARE ONION

    Thinly slice onion into half rings. Whisk together water, vinegar, sugar and salt in a small-medium bowl. Add onions and stir. Set aside.

  3. COOK CHICKEN

    Take 2 teaspoons of the curry paste and set aside in a small-medium bowl (this is for the salad, so keep it away from the raw chicken!). Place remaining curry paste in a medium-large bowl. Dice chicken into 2cm / 0.8in pieces and season with a little salt and pepper. Add to the larger bowl of curry paste and stir until well coated. Arrange in a single layer on prepared oven tray and drizzle with oil. Bake for 20 minutes, until cooked through.

  4. MAKE SALAD

    Meanwhile, stir together reserved curry paste and yoghurt. Season with a little salt and pepper to taste. Spread onto 4 individual serving plates or shallow bowls. Top with lettuce.

  5. Cut tomatoes in half, thinly slice cucumber and roughly chop coriander. Arrange tomatoes and cucumber on top of lettuce. Crumble feta over the top. Toast, pan fry or oven bake naan bread (check instructions on pack).

  6. SERVE

    Drain onion well. Add to salads, then top with chicken, cashews and coriander. Serve with naan bread on the side.

Recipe Notes

WINE MATCH: A Sauvignon Blanc.
GLUTEN-FREE OPTION: Make sure curry paste is gluten-free. Choose gluten-free naan bread (if available) or spread garlic butter onto warmed gluten free pita bread / wraps / rolls.
INGREDIENT SWAPS / NOTES: Tikka masala curry paste would be a good alternative to butter chicken curry paste.
STORING AND REHEATING: Store salad, chicken and bread separately. Reheat chicken in the microwave. Add chicken and bread to salad just before serving. Cashews are best added just before serving too.

 
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