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Butter Chicken

If you’ve never had 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! I love to serve keto butter chicken over top of sautéed cauliflower rice. 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! Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2-3 days (Sidenote: it never lasts that long in our house!) Enjoy!

keto butter chicken

Butter Chicken

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


  • 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


  • 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.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 471kcal | Total Carbs: 7g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 35g | Fiber: 1g | Net Carbs: 6g
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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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    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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