Vegan Chickpea Butter Chicken, Fast And Easy 30 Minute

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Satisfy your cravings for Indian-inspired flavors with this mouth-watering vegan chickpea butter chicken recipe. This dish is the perfect recipe for a fast and easy weeknight dinner. It can be made in just 30 minutes. Made with a butter chicken spice blend, this recipe will tantalize your taste buds and have you coming back for more. Versatile in terms of protein and vegetables, you can use chickpeas or tofu. Add any peppers or veggies of your choice. The recipe calls for a butter chicken spice blend. This blend can be prepared in advance for added convenience. This recipe includes mostly pantry items, making it a great option for those who don’t have many fresh ingredients on hand. So, fire up your stove. Savor the delicious, vegan butter chicken recipe that is sure to be a hit with your family and friends. Try it today and you won’t be disappointed!

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Want to add a boost of nutrition to your Vegan Chickpea Butter Chicken?

The answer is yes, you can! Incorporating vegetables is a great way to elevate the dish and add more flavor and texture. Experiment with your favorite peppers or veggies and customize the dish to your taste. If you’re adding vegetables, we recommend using only 1 can of chickpeas to keep the dish balance and not too overpowering. Add some color and crunch to your vegan butter chicken recipe and enjoy a wholesome and delicious meal.

Looking for a nut-free alternative to ground cashews in your Vegan Chickpea Butter Chicken?

Tofu is a great substitute that can be used to make the dish. The tofu version of this recipe is a delicious and protein-packed alternative that is perfect for those who are looking for a nut-free option. If you’re interested in trying the tofu version of this recipe, let us know by commenting below. We’ll be happy to share it with you. So, don’t let nut allergies stop you from enjoying this delicious and satisfying meal!

Worried about not being able to find a butter chicken spice blend for your Vegan Chickpea Butter Chicken recipe?

Don’t let that stop you from enjoying this flavorful, Indian-inspired dish! A butter chicken spice blend is a convenient ingredient that makes the recipe a little easier, but it’s not necessary. You can certainly use another brand or make your own blend with the following spices: Coriander, Red chili, Salt, Cumin powder, Black pepper, Turmeric, Cassia, Cardamom green, Cloves, Nutmeg, Mace, Star Anise. My personal favorite is the MDH butter chicken spice mix from a superstore. But you can use any other brand that you find. With these spices in your pantry, you can easily whip up a delicious and authentic butter chicken spice blend that will make your vegan chickpea butter chicken recipe taste even better.

Looking for a delicious and nutritious meal?

Look no further than this vegan butter chicken recipe made with chickpeas! This dish is easy to make with mostly pantry items. It’s also packed with health benefits. Chickpeas are a great source of vegan protein, help reduce cholesterol, provide fiber, calcium, iron, and fight inflammation. They’re also great for hair and skin, and may even help control diabetes.

Serve this vegan butter chicken with basmati rice and garlic naan for a complete meal that’s not only delicious but also packed with nutrients. And if you love this recipe, be sure to check out our one pot lentil curry recipe too! So, dig in and enjoy the taste of good health with every bite.

Best Chickpea Vegan Butter Chicken Recipe

Chickpea Vegan “Butter Chicken”. If you're missing butter chicken, try out this delicious substitute.  It's creamy, tangy and savoury, and hits the spot when you're craving this Indian take-away favourite.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Chickpea Butter Chicken, indian vegan recipe, Vegan Butter Chicken, vegan indian food, vegan main dishes, vegan one dish recipe
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp vegan butter (or oil)
  • ½ onion diced large onion
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tbsp salt free butter chicken spice blend
  • 1 ½ cans chickpeas (based on a 19oz or 540 ml can)
  • 6 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 can coconut milk (full fat)
  • 1 tbsp hot chilli flakes or powder (optional)
  • 10 cashews (optional, but gives it such a nice flavour and a thicker, creamier consistency!)

Items to serve with

  • cliantro (optional)
  • rice
  • naan

Instructions

  • Add 2 Tbsp vegan butter (or oil) to a pan on medium heat
  • Add 1/2 diced large onion
  • Cook the butter and onion on medium heat for 3-4 minutes
  • Next add 1 heaping Tbsp of minced ginger
  • And 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • Cook another 1-2 minutes
  • Next add 1 heaping Tbsp of salt free butter chicken spice blend
  • Mix it up then add 6 tbsp tomato paste
  • Add 1 and 1/2 cans of rinsed and drained chickpeas (based on a 19oz or 540 ml can)
  • Add a little salt to taste and mix it well till the chickpeas are coated in the mixture
  • Add 1 can of full fat coconut milk
  • Add hot chilli flakes or powder to your preferred spice level (optional, you know I like a lot!! 😝 🔥)
  • Reduce to a simmer for about 10 minutes – stirring often
  • Add 10 ground up cashews (optional, but gives it such a nice flavour and a thicker, creamier consistency!)
  • Serve with fresh cilantro and rice or naan. Enjoy!

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Notes

Chickpea Vegan “Butter Chicken”. If you’re missing butter chicken, try out this delicious substitute.  It’s creamy, tangy and savoury, and hits the spot when you’re craving this Indian take-away favourite. It’s one of my favourite one-dish vegan meals, and it’s jam packed full of flavour and protein. 
Note: if you want more sauce, use only 1 can of chickpeas.
Q: Can I add vegetables to this vegan butter chicken?
A: Absolutely! Feel free to add any peppers or veggies that you like. If you do add veggies, I’d recommend only using 1 can of chickpeas.
Q: What can I substitute for ground cashews?
A: If you don’t have cashews, ground up almonds work too.
Q:What can I use instead of chickpeas?
A: This dish can be made with tofu as well. If you’d like to see the tofu version – comment below. ☺️
Q: What if I can’t find butter chicken spice blend? What is in butter chicken spice
A: Having butter chicken spice blend on hand helps make this recipe a little easier. I like using the MDH butter chicken spice mix from superstore. But you can certainly use another brand, or make your own butter chicken spice blend. 
Here’s an example of spices used in butter chicken spice mix:
  • Coriander
  • Red chili
  • Salt
  • Cumin powder
  • Black pepper
  • Turmeric
  • Cassia
  • Cardamom green
  • Cloves
  • Nutmeg
  • Mace
  • Star Anise
Q: What are the benefits of eating chickpeas?
A: I’m not a doctor 😉 but here are some of the potential health benefits of eating chickpeas: 
  • Great source of vegan protein 
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Great source of fiber 
  • Rich in calcium
  • Great source of iron
  • Helps fight inflammation 
  • Great for hair and skin
  • May help control diabetes 
I love that this can be made with mostly pantry items. This vegan butter chicken is even better served with basmati rice and garlic naan. It’s the most delicious “I’m almost out of groceries” meal. 🥰Enjoy!
If you love this recipe, check out our one pot lentil curry recipe!  😗👌
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