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Vegan Jack Fruit Butter Chicken

Vegan Jack Fruit Butter Chicken

Vegan Jack Fruit Butter Chicken

Vegan Jack Fruit Butter Chicken

Vegan Jack Fruit Butter Chicken

Butter Chicken is hearty and creamy, savoury and spicy. It’s one of the first dairy dishes I converted over to dairy free. We made ours with jack fruit to make it vegan. Pair this with our Plantain Naan Bread recipe and you have a lovely allergy free dinner.

Butter Chicken remains most peoples favourite Indian dish. Its typically made with lots of dairy and chicken. The chicken I can have but all that dairy is not going to work out well for me.

A couple of quick substitutions and it should be done the same as restaurant quality, right?

It wasn’t that easy. While every Indian restaurant has its own signature way of creating butter chicken, getting the spice blend correct was very hard. Butter chicken spice blends in the grocery store often have all sorts of things I can’t have hidden inside them or they suck.

After much trial and error, we (chef husband and I) have Vegan Jack Fruit Butter Chicken version that we are happy has enough flavour and no hidden ingredients. It’s dairy free of course, we made it vegan with jack fruit instead of chicken.

You could make it with chicken if you like, we like eating vegan 80% of the time, so we usually make it from jack fruit. Jack fruit can be found at most grocery stores. I find it in the natural foods aisle, it comes in a can. I’ve also seen it in the international foods aisle.

If you’ve never had jack fruit before: it is a relative of the fig. It grows in tropic areas and the tree bears 200-500 very large fruits per year. Its flavour is mild and texture is similar to meat. Jack fruit can be infused with the spices of butter chicken the same way chicken is seared. We toasted our spices to bring the flavours out before we added the jack fruit. This method makes each bite of jack fruit packed full of beautiful flavour. 

Vegan Jack Fruit Butter Chicken

A mildly spicy, rich and creamy classic tomato and cream based Indian dish, made vegan.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: coconut, vegan
Servings: 4 people

Equipment

  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • blender
  • skillet
  • wooden spoon

Ingredients

  • 2 cans jack fruit, 20 oz cans, drained and chopped
  • 1 tbsp butter flavoured coconut oil

Spice Blend

  • 3 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp coriander
  • 1 tbsp cardamom
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp cloves

Stock addition

  • 1 cup vegetable stock, see Cookin it Easy pro tip
  • 2 tsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp sea salt

Blended into Crushed Tomato

  • 1 can fire roasted crushed tomato, 19 oz. can
  • 1 medium onion, rough chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, rough chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, rough chopped

Added last

  • 1 can coconut milk, 14 oz can (but good quality coconut milk, please)

Instructions

Prep

  • Measure all spices out
    Vegan Jack Fruit Butter Chicken
  • Rough chop carrot, onion and celery.
    Blend chopped vegetables smooth with 1 - 19 oz can of crushed tomato
    Vegan Jack Fruit Butter Chicken
  • Drain 2 -20 oz cans of jack fruit and chop jack fruit into roughly ¾" pieces.
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Dry Toast spices

  • In a large skillet, heat up the pan without oil, add the measured spices.
    Keep them moving.
    Toast them until you start to smell their flavours give off their aroma (2-3 minutes)
    When it starts to smell delicious, it's done.
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Sear the flavours into the jack fruit

  • Add coconut oil and chopped jack fruit, keep this moving to cover the jack fruit with the spices.
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Deglaze

  • Add stock, salt and sugar too deglaze the pan. Stir until combined
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Tomato

  • Add the blended tomato and vegetables.
    Stir until combined and simmer for 5 minutes
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Coconut Milk

  • Add the coconut milk and stir until combined.
    Reduce to a low simmer and let the flavours merry for 30 minutes. You can eat it sooner but it tastes better if the flavours have a change to cook into each other.
    Vegan Jack Fruit Butter Chicken

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