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Slow Cooker Butter Chicken (Hint: There’s No Butter!)

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, finely minced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 (14oz) can coconut milk
  • 1 (6oz) can tomato paste
  • juice of 1 lime

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a medium sauté pan, heat coconut oil over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and sauté until translucent. Add garlic, ginger, spices, and salt and cook for another minute.
  3.  Stir in coconut milk and tomato paste and stir until well combined.
  4. Add chicken to the slow cooker. Pour sauce over everything.
  5. Cook on high heat for 3-4 hours or on low heat for 6-8 hours.
  6. Squeeze lime juice on top, and serve with your favorite vegetable or cauliflower rice!
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Recipe adapted from http://www.onelovelylife.com/slow-cooker-butter-chicken/

By Functionally Simple Nutrition

Ariana Cucuzza, RDN, LD is the founder of functionallysimplenutrition.com. She is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in Functional Medicine Nutrition and sports nutrition.

Ariana holds a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition sciences from Ohio University and went on to complete her dietetic internship at The Cleveland Clinic. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Cleveland chapter of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She also is an active member of the Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) and Dietitians in Functional Medicine (DIFM) Practice Groups of the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has been featured in Health Magazine, Live Science, Rally Health, YouBeauty, US News & World Report and Cleveland Clinic's Health Essentials as well as live appearances with WKYC news.

In her previous role as a public health and community-based dietitian, she led “food as medicine” initiatives in coordination with health care providers to provide nutritious food to low-income patients with diet-related health challenges. She also led nutrition workshops, cooking demonstrations, and assisted with menu planning for afterschool programs and senior meals.

Ariana enjoys cooking, trying new things, and staying active with yoga and Crossfit!

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