Creamy chicken makani aka butter chicken in a rich sauce made of almonds and coconut cream! Well, since this recipe has no butter in it I thought chicken makani was a better title for it. This recipe is super creamy and loaded with fat! Healthy fat from coconut and almonds! Traditionally butter chicken is made with butter and cream so coconut cream and almonds are a good substitute. If you want a healthier version of this recipe, check out my heart healthy butter chicken made with olive oil and Greek yogurt. I blogged that a few years back when I first started blogging so excuse the rusty pictures :)! Since then, I have tried out this improvised version with coconut cream which my family seems to like better. It’s more like restaurant style chicken makani I guess. I make this dish a few days back for an international potluck at work and it was quite a hit. No leftovers! It’s an easy recipe and only needs a few key ingredients that you can pick up at any Indian store. Coconut cream is available in most grocery stores, but you may have to look for it in the specialty foods aisle. If you cannot find coconut cream, use cream. Boneless chicken chunks simmered in a sauce made of tomatoes and ground almonds with some coconut cream stirred into it. That’s all there is to this recipe! Next time you get the craving for something spicy, creamy and exotic, make this reasonably healthy butter chicken or chicken makani and indulge!! You can eat it with over some rice or dunk some bread into it! I like eating it with naan or Indian bread. Check out all that creamy goodness!
Chicken is a good source of lean protein, vitamin B, zinc and iron. Coconut oil and coconut cream have fats that get burnt as fuel as soon they are eaten and a healthy dose of MUFA (Mono unsaturated fatty acids) that support a healthy immune function and healthy brain function. Almonds add a boost of vitamin E and healthy fats. This chicken makani packs a powerful punch.