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Keto Butter Chicken

If you’ve never had keto butter chicken before then you are in for a treat! Butter Chicken is a mildly spiced Indian curry dish that is easy to make and packed full of flavor. This keto butter chicken doesn’t disappoint.

You can have dinner on the table in just 30 minutes with this quick and easy recipe. Start by melting butter in a large skillet. Add onions and saute until they are lightly golden, about 3-4 minutes. Next, add ginger and garlic, then cook for an additional minute until fragrant. Stir the tomato paste in to the onion mixture.

Now, add the chicken to the hot pan. Sprinkle with garam masala, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Cook for 5-6 minutes, tossing periodically in order to brown all sides of the chicken.

Slowly add the heavy cream and stir to incorporate all of the ingredients. Simmer on low for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened. I love to serve keto butter chicken over top of sautéed cauliflower rice and garnish it with cilantro for a fresh, bright flavor.

Another great thing about this dish is that it reheats really well as leftovers. Like chili, Butter Chicken is sometimes even better the second day! You can store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2-3 days. (Sidenote: it never lasts that long in our house!)


This keto Butter Chicken recipe is similar to the mildly spiced Indian curry dish that is easy to make and packed full of flavor.

This keto Butter Chicken recipe is similar to the mildly spiced Indian curry dish that is easy to make and packed full of flavor.

Butter Chicken

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 471kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger peeled and minced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into 3/4 inch strips
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • chopped cilantro optional

Instructions

  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and saute until they are lightly golden, for about 3-4 minutes. Add ginger and garlic, then cook for an additional minute until fragrant.
  • Stir the tomato paste in to the onion mixture. Next, add the chicken to the hot pan. Sprinkle with garam masala, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Cook for 5-6 minutes, tossing periodically in order to brown all sides of the chicken.
  • Slowly add the heavy cream and stir to incorporate all of the ingredients. Simmer on low for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees and sauce has thickened. Serve over cauliflower rice and garnish with cilantro.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 471kcal | Total Carbs: 7g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 35g | Fiber: 1g | Net Carbs: 6g
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You’ll find more simple, delicious chicken recipes here. This Salsa Chicken recipe is a spicy flavor-packed meal too! This Curry Chicken Salad is another family favorite.

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    Kim A
    February 28, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    This was delicious! My 5 year old loved it and gave it 2 thumbs up, and even my husband (who thinks he doesn’t like indian food) said it was really good. I even got a spoon to scrape up all the leftover sauce. I will absolutely be making this again!

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    Angela
    March 8, 2020 at 8:02 am

    This was fantastic! I didn’t bother ricing my cauliflower, just steamed a head and served as a side. I wanted to thank you especially for just getting to the recipes in your posts. I do not have time or patience to read 10 paragraphs and scroll past 10 pictures of the food, I just want to plan my meals and then cook!

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    Sonia Sharp
    May 1, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    Yum Yum! It was delicious. It was easy to make because I don’t have much patience when cooking. I’m so glad I found the recipe to get my Indian Food fix during this pandemic.

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    Alicia G Carrillo
    May 3, 2020 at 10:15 am

    Can you make it without the garam masala? I don’t know what it is!

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      Suzanne
      May 4, 2020 at 1:20 pm

      Hi Alicia, garam masala is the main flavor in this dish so it really wouldn’t be butter chicken without it. You can find it in the spice aisle in most grocery stores.

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    ALICIA
    May 21, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    Got it! I ordered from Amazon! Can’t wait to make it!!!

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    Alicia
    May 24, 2020 at 11:36 am

    This is the most delicious recipe ever! My family almost licked their plates!!! This will become a favorite weekly dish!
    And it is so very easy to make!

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    lee
    June 6, 2020 at 11:03 am

    Really tasty and simple to follow, better than a take-away and will have again, goes really well with Coconut Keto Naan-

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