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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
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
Keto Butter Chicken
Keto Butter Chicken
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Votes: 10
Rating: 4.4
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
Ingredients
  • 450 grams Boneless Chicken Leg and Thigh Meat
  • 120 grams Tomato
  • 80 grams Onion
  • 5 grams Ginger
  • 7 grams garlic
  • 50 grams Butter
  • 100 grams Fresh Cream (Heavy Whipping Cream)
  • 5 grams Cilantro/Coriander
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 5 grams Kasuri Mehti/Fenugreek Leaves I recommend this one
  • 1/2 Tsp Tumeric
  • 1 Tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • 1 Tsp Cumin Powder
  • Salt to Taste
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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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17 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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    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!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ

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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 doesnโ€™t get better than this. Thanks for your inspiration and enriching my familyโ€™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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Angharad Simmonds
    August 24, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    I canโ€™t find this on My Fitness Pal in the UK, please help!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Sahil Makhija
      September 7, 2018 at 3:53 am

      You can freeze this, no problemo.

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