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Nutrition Information for Butter Chicken

author image Jill Corleone, RDN, LD
Jill Corleone is a registered dietitian and health coach who has been writing and lecturing on diet and health for more than 15 years. Her work has been featured on the Huffington Post, Diabetes Self-Management and in the book "Noninvasive Mechanical Ventilation," edited by John R. Bach, M.D. Corleone holds a Bachelor of Science in nutrition.
Nutrition Information for Butter Chicken
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Indian cuisine is meant to provide the diner a spectrum of flavors, with its recipes often including a multitude of spices. Butter chicken, also known as murgh makhani, is a spicy, creamy tomato Indian dish flavored with a variety of seasonings that may include chili powder, garlic, garam masala, ginger, coriander and fenugreek. This decadent dish also features cream and butter, and knowing its nutrition information can help you make adjustments to your diet to fit it in.

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Nutrition information can vary depending on your recipe and serving size. On average, one serving consisting of one boneless chicken breast with sauce, about 4 to 5 oz., may contain 438 calories. Be sure to balance your daily calorie intake to maintain your weight. Most healthy, moderately active adults -- engaging in regular physical activity equivalent to walking 1.5 to 3 miles a day -- can maintain their weight consuming 1,800 to 2,800 calories a day.


Butter chicken contains butter, and sometimes cream, making it a high-fat meal choice. Depending on your recipe, one serving of butter chicken may contain about 28 g of total fat, 12 g of saturated fat. Both butter and cream are high in saturated fat. High intakes of saturated fat increase blood cholesterol levels and risk of heart disease. Keep your daily saturated fat intake to less than 10 percent of calories, or about 22 g per day on a 2,000 calorie diet.


One serving of butter chicken contains 14 g of carbohydrates and close to 3 g of fiber. Carbohydrates in food provide your body with energy and should make up most of your calories. A balanced diet contains 45 to 65 percent of its calories from carbohydrates.


Butter chicken is a high-protein meal, with one serving containing about 30 g of protein. A healthy diet should contain 10 to 35 percent of its calories from protein, or about 50 to 175 g a day on a 2,000-calorie diet. One serving of butter chicken can meet more than half of your daily protein needs.


Butter chicken has a tomato-based sauce, and most recipes use some form of canned tomato, puree or whole, which can significantly increase its sodium content. One serving of butter chicken contains about 763 mg of sodium. Your daily sodium intake should be limited to 2,300 mg a day, and if you are over the age of 51 or have a history of high blood pressure or diabetes, you should limit your sodium intake to less than 1,500 mg a day. Read food labels to help monitor your sodium intake. Too much sodium in your diet increases your risk of high blood pressure.

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