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Vegan butter chicken

Vegan Butter Chicken

  • Author: Alison Andrews
  • Prep Time: 45 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegan


This vegan butter chicken recipe is made with tofu and cashews for a deliciously creamy version that tastes a lot like the classic Indian dish. It’s easy, and it’s better than take-out! 


For the Tofu:

  • 14 ounces (400g) Extra Firm Tofu

For the Vegan Yogurt Sauce: 

For the Sauce: 

  • 2 Tbsp Vegan Butter
  • 1 Medium Onion (White, Yellow or Brown, Chopped)
  • 3 Cloves Garlic (Crushed)
  • 1 Tbsp Ginger (Freshly Grated)
  • 1 Tbsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 cup (240ml) Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 cup (240ml) Coconut Cream (Canned)*
  • 1/2 Tbsp Coconut Sugar
  • Sea Salt (To Taste)

For Serving: 

  • Basmati Rice
  • Fresh Chopped Cilantro
  • Lemon Slices


  1. Press the tofu either using a tofu press or by placing the tofu onto a plate, put another plate on top of it, and then stack something heavy on top of that, like a heavy pot or stack of books. Then leave it to press for 30 minutes. This makes the tofu as firm as possible. 
  2. When the tofu is pressed roughly chop it and place it into a mixing bowl. 
  3. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). 
  4. Prepare the vegan yogurt sauce. Add the raw cashews, water, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and garam masala into a blender jug and blend until smooth. 
  5. Pour this out over the tofu in the mixing bowl and gently toss the tofu pieces in the sauce so that the tofu is evenly spread with the sauce.
  6. Transfer the tofu carefully to a parchment lined baking tray and spread it out evenly. 
  7. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes until lightly browned. Remove from the oven and set aside. 
  8. Prepare your sauce. While the tofu is baking you can begin your sauce. Add vegan butter to a pot on medium heat and melt the butter. Add chopped onions and sauté until softened. 
  9. Now add crushed garlic, grated ginger, garam masala, turmeric, cumin and cayenne pepper and sauté with the onions. 
  10. Add crushed tomatoes and coconut cream and stir well. Bring to a gentle simmer and let it simmer for a few minutes.  Reduce the heat and stir in the coconut sugar (for flavor balance). Add salt to taste. 
  11. Finally, add the baked tofu pieces and fold them into the sauce. 
  12. Serve with basmati rice, fresh chopped cilantro and lemon slices.


*Firm or ideally extra firm tofu is needed for this recipe. And then we still press it for 30 minutes to make it super firm. 

*You can also use canned, full fat, unsweetened coconut milk instead of canned coconut cream. 

*Coconut sugar can be replaced with brown sugar. 

*Keep any leftovers stored covered in the fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave. 

*You can also freeze it if you like for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge and then reheat on the stovetop or microwave. 

*Prep time includes the time spent pressing the tofu. 

*Nutritional information excludes rice. 

  • Category: Entree, Savory, Gluten-Free
  • Method: Oven and Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vegan


  • Serving Size: 1 Serve (of 4)
  • Calories: 467
  • Sugar: 8.8g
  • Sodium: 439mg
  • Fat: 35g
  • Saturated Fat: 16.6g
  • Carbohydrates: 21g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 18.5g

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