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Keto Butter Chicken

Another Keto butter chicken?

Yes it’s another Keto butter chicken recipe! I first made butter chicken on the show for guitarist Andy James when we were still doing band interviews. The 2nd time was when I baconized it for Bacon tadka. The 3rd time was my special White Butter Chicken which was for my Keto peeps. Today I’m making another version of this Indian classic. So what’s different you ask? Well for starters I’m bringing back the tomatoes (skipped this in my White butter chicken recipe) and I’m also making a sort of cheats/easy to cook version of it. So it’s butter chicken, easy to make, in 1 pot and Keto friendly. You can serve this with some cauliflower rice or my Keto naan. It will be perfect!

Isn’t butter chicken supposed to be red or orange in colour?

Your typical butter chicken has a more orange colour and that’s determined by the ratio of cream to tomatoes. Tomato puree is red and the white from the cream turns it orange. Even though I did add tomatoes in this recipe I added a whole lot more cream and if you noticed, the colour of the puree itself was quite light. When I use tomato puree from a can/box it’s a much darker red which gives it a more orange colour. Of course none of this matters at the end of the day, it’s all about the tastes. Also the kasuri methi or dried fenugreek leaves are an integral part of this dish and the signature flavour of butter chicken. Without that, it’s just a chicken curry really. You can also replace the chicken with paneer in this recipe for a vegetarian version. A quick substitute of tofu, coconut cream, olive oil and you’ll have a vegan version too. So enjoy!

Keto Butter Chicken

Nutrition Info (Per serving)

  • Calories: 676
  • Net Carbs: 7g
  • Carbs: 9g
  • Fat: 49g
  • Protein: 48g
  • Fiber: 2g

This recipe makes 2 servings. Get this recipe on myfitnesspal.

Keto Butter Chicken
Keto Butter Chicken
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An authentic butter chicken recipe that's Keto friendly
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Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
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Keto Butter Chicken
Keto Butter Chicken
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Votes: 60
Rating: 4.27
You:
Rate this recipe!
An authentic butter chicken recipe that's Keto friendly
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 10 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Blend the ginger, garlic, onion and tomato into a puree.
  2. Cut the chicken into bite size pieces and marinate with the kasuri methi, salt, chilly powder, tumeric, garam masala and cumin powder.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a pan and fry the chicken, allow the chicken to sit without moving so that you get colour on one side.
  4. Flip each piece and while it's cooking add the butter at different spots in the pan. The give it all a good mix.
  5. Add in the puree and rinse out the blender with some water. Cover and cook for 10 minutes so that the spices and tomato can be cooked out.
  6. Once it's done turn off the heat and add in the heavy cream. (you can also cook it with the cream for a few minutes if you like) and then finish with coriander.
  7. Serve with Keto naan or cauliflower rice.

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51 Comments

  • Reply
    Gary Stamey
    July 7, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    Dear sahil Makhija, my wife and I REALLY like your Indian KETO recipes the best!
    However, we like KETO and it’s helped us stay healthy!!
    Thanks SO much for your good work!

    All the best..

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      Seetal
      September 20, 2019 at 11:27 pm

      I made this tonight. It is absolutely delish! I’m Indian and this is better than restaurant versions! Good job man and thanks for sharing your recipes and techniques.

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      Tracy
      October 27, 2019 at 11:41 pm

      I absolutely LOVE this recipe; I have made this many many times. Sahil thank you kindly for taking the time to have an unselfish act and make the videos to better everyone. That is truly God send, you are an Angel among us! Thank you again! Love the videos and the music.

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    Julie Fisher
    July 12, 2018 at 6:05 am

    This is amazing. I was sooo impressed! As good as any take away curry if not better! Rich and full of flavour. Thank you so much this is now one of my signature dishes for sure! X

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    Scynthea Ratliff
    July 22, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    I made this with a spinach cauliflower rice and I could eat this everyday. Thank you for the recipe. I cannot believe it. I may have to make it next week as well. I am meal prepping and will look forward to this meal. Issa WAOW!! πŸ˜πŸ˜˜πŸ‘ŠπŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸΎ

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    Emiko Yang
    July 24, 2018 at 1:25 am

    Thank you for the great recipe. I LOVE your Indian Keto recipes. Please teach me more!

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    TW
    July 24, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    Please keep the Indian Keto coming. Kheema is by far the best, but Butter Chicken Part Deux is a close….ummm….second.

    Thank you for the posts and site. Very helpful!

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    Rekha Balachandran
    July 25, 2018 at 11:31 am

    This is hands down one of the best butter chicken recipes – keto or otherwise. Made it for dinner tomorrow but it was so good, had to eat some tonight. Great job Sahil! HORNS UP!

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    Nina Purala
    July 29, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Horns up from New Jersey, USA! I had to adjust the ingredients a bit, since I’m on the Jersey shore and we don’t have everything available. I used tumeric,curry, cumin,paprika, fenugreek seeds, ginger, garlic, onion, tomatoes and a dashes of cayenne. DEEELICIOS! THANK YOU FOR YOUR VIDEOS, MUSIC AND COOKING WISDOM!
    NAMASTE
    NINA

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    Mark Entwistle
    August 4, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    I just made this recipe. I sliced up some green chili and added after taking the chicken off pressure when adding the creme, cooking for a few minutes longer. Served on a bed of fragrant cauliflower rice. It doesn’t get better than this. Thanks for your inspiration and enriching my family’s day and life with your sharing.

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      Sahil Makhija
      August 5, 2018 at 6:27 am

      Add green chillies to all my recipes for another level of spice. Most Indian recipes have them but I choose to skip them. Glad you enjoying the recipes.

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    pyasa
    August 7, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    Keto butter chicken recipe ROCKS! I love your style of sharing and your great recipes, Thank you!

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    Muniza Ghazali
    August 14, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    Just made it and the family loved it! Thanks for the recipe.

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    Kara
    August 22, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    Dear Sahil,

    Hello from Toronto, Canada! Thanks for the fantastic recipes and fun videos. I’ve made a bunch of your recipes (and always mean to take a photo for Instagram but it’s just too delicious that I usually forget)! The other day I made your butter chicken, palak paneer, and naan. The recipes were easy and so satisfying – I’d been craving Indian food! The leftovers tasted just as good. I have another block of paneer and look forward to trying another one of your recipes very soon! Thanks and keep the recipes coming πŸ™‚

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    Angharad Simmonds
    August 24, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    I can’t find this on My Fitness Pal in the UK, please help!!! πŸ™‚

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    Nora H
    August 30, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    Sahil, I made this last night. So delicious. My family was very happy. Even my non chicken eater loved it.
    I made your Naan recipe too. Yummy.
    Thanks again for yet another fabulous recipe!!!

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    Na2dacho
    September 2, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    Made this today…DELICIOUS! Now on to make your dinner rolls!

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    Sophie Richards
    September 6, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    This was AMAZING – a great mid-week, quick meal.
    Has anyone made this and frozen it? Am tempted to make a huge batch and freeze them (for an even quicker mid-week dinner)!
    Thanks so much for the recipe πŸ™‚

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      Sahil Makhija
      September 7, 2018 at 3:53 am

      You can freeze this, no problemo.

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    Radiance
    September 19, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Ive made this 3 times and it’s the best!! Thank you so much for this recipe!!!

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    Wenjia Tang
    September 29, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    Hi Sahil. Thank you so much for this amazing recipe! I’ve cooked it twice and both my partner and I adore it (we are also both headbangers)!
    It’s officially our weekly meal now :)) And your website kind of opened the door to a whole new world for me.
    Thanks again and keep cooking!

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    thibaut noah
    September 30, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Hello,
    is it possible to substitute the chicken legs/thigh by chicken breasts?
    That’s the only piece i can get at the meatshop, otherwise i need to buy it in the supermarket and the chicken comes with sugar in it :/
    Recipe looks awesome, can’t wait to test it with the naan (obviously creamcheese naan πŸ˜€ )

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      Sahil Makhija
      October 1, 2018 at 5:22 am

      Yes there is no problemo doing that.

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    thibaut noah
    October 2, 2018 at 3:13 am

    Can i use curcumin instead of tumeric ?

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    Bird
    October 18, 2018 at 1:31 am

    Holy fuck. I need this in my life.

  • Reply
    Leone
    October 24, 2018 at 5:20 am

    This is rockin’ awesome! So, so good!

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    Valorie Hill
    October 31, 2018 at 1:23 am

    I tried two stores. No fenugreek. I guess I’m making chicken curry.

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      Sahil Makhija
      October 31, 2018 at 2:15 am

      Oh that’s a shame. Have you tried ordering it from amazon?

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        Valorie Hill
        November 1, 2018 at 2:24 am

        Lots of Indian people in my area, so I should check one of their stores instead of the generic grocery stores. I made my chicken curry tonight, followed your spice amounts exactly, and it’s quite spicey to my wimpy palate. Tasty though. Next time I will reduce the chilli powder by half. I served it with so-called miracle rice. What an odd product that is!

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    William Kirk
    December 31, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    This was absolutely fantastic. My fiance and her kids enjoyed it. We served it with cauliflower rice and it was delicious. Just as good as a restaurant. Thank you so much for sharing, Sahil!

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    Gabrielle Gard
    January 16, 2019 at 8:11 am

    The chili powder is what you would use in chili correct?

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      Sahil Makhija
      January 16, 2019 at 10:37 am

      Yes. I generally use Kashmiri red chilli powder which is milder and not really spicy and it’s closer to paprika. I find the regular red chilli powder to be too spicy for me.

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    janz
    January 18, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    Hi, is there anything I could replace the garam masala with, as I am not keen on the taste – tandoori masala perhaps

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      Sahil Makhija
      January 19, 2019 at 2:55 am

      Just skip it then πŸ™‚

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    Jerry
    January 27, 2019 at 12:38 am

    I’m making this again tonight for the entire family … so good. I’ve tried cooking with these spices in the past with miserable results, but your instructions and recipe produced perfect results! Thank you.. keep it up!

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    chelitopadillaorozco
    January 29, 2019 at 6:28 am

    Hi Sahil,
    Thank you so much for sharing your AMAZING recipe! It’s absolutely fabulous! I served it with your cauliflower rice recipe. (I wish I could have made the naan too but I was missing ingredients). My family absolutely loved it. I want to make it again when I have company over! I have always wanted to learn how to cook Indian food. You make it so easy with your step-by-step instructions. You are an incredible chef and an excellent teacher. I am so looking forward to your cookbook! πŸ™‚

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    PAULA VEGA
    February 20, 2019 at 3:21 am

    This was delicious thank you Sahil, i didnt have the fenugreek leaves, i will try and order them from amazon for when i make it again.

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    Sherry Thomson
    March 5, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Simmering and nearly ready to go. If the taste is anything like the smell then I’m in for a treat. Thanks.

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    Andrew w
    March 9, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Does the fenugreek scale correctly I bumped it to 6 servings and it had 15gs I weighed it out it was a huge pile I checked a few other recipes and 6 servings had about 2tbsp. I was hesitant to toss in the giant pile;) have you ever done above the 2 servings and if so did u scale the fenugreek that high?

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      Sahil Makhija
      March 10, 2019 at 5:24 am

      Very honestly just eyeball it. If it looks too much add half, taste it, if you feel like it needs more then just add some. A lot of Indian cooking is just eyeballing the spices and things because it’s all about personal taste πŸ™‚

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    Ingrid
    May 23, 2019 at 3:29 am

    I’ve made this three times already, my husband and I can’t get enough of it, I even doubled the recipe (with the use of the handy dandy conversion chart)… It’s just so delicious and mild, plenty of room to spice it up and make it perfect for your pallet! Thank you so much Sahil, rock on!!

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    Calem
    June 4, 2019 at 1:39 am

    I swear by this recipe! I actually prefer it over the butter chicken from most of my local Indian restaurants! Packed with flavor, delicious juicy chicken bits, creamy buttery sauce, I just eat it straight from the pan! SOOOOOOOO DELICIOUS! I also add just a few more tsp of chilli because I like mine nice and spicy! Do you have a recipe for a Keto Vindaloo?

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    Rewari
    June 25, 2019 at 3:04 am

    I tried this last week and came out so delicious!

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    Suze
    September 3, 2019 at 6:00 am

    Loved this recipe! You saved me from keto boredom! Thank you so much for all the recipes you share!!

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    Simon
    September 7, 2019 at 6:31 am

    Sahil, thanks for this! I made it last night and it was absolutely amazing. I added some black pepper to the spices, cooked the meat on the bone for about 1 hour, then removed the bones. The outcome was rich and a bit spicy. I accompanied it with your coconut flour naan. I am now going to invite invite friends unaware of the keto universe and show off my skills (I will refer them to your website of course!)

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      Sahil Makhija
      September 7, 2019 at 7:24 pm

      awesome!! glad to hear that, thank you!

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    Sam
    September 7, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    ❀ Loved this recipe…it rocks! Thank you 😊😊

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    Serena
    September 21, 2019 at 1:34 am

    I love everything about this recipe! I was just wondering if it is okay to substitute the heavy cream with coconut milk? That you for all of your wonderful keto recipes!

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      Sahil Makhija
      September 22, 2019 at 4:54 pm

      Yes but the end result is fairly different. Delicious but different.

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    Karen
    October 14, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Just made this and it is delicious! – fussy husband ate the lot which is amazing in itself and says how tasty it is! thank you for sharing your fabulous Keto recipes:)

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