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Keto Chicken Tikka Masala

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This Keto Chicken Tikka Masala is my most favourite recipe I have made. 

So simple and so delicious! Even with what looks like a lot of ingredients this is mostly a recipe that any of us can make with what we have in the pantry. 

All ingredients are simple to source from the local supermarket. Most of what is included in this recipe you could very well have in your pantry right now.

chicken curry in a black bowl on a black table

KETO CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA

What is keto chicken tikka masala? A chicken tikka masala is basically chunks of chicken meat marinated in spices and cooked or baked with a creamy spiced sauce. Making this a keto dish was not hard as it really is naturally so.

As mentioned above I personally love this dish. The use of a marinade and cooking in the sauce gives you a deliciously soft and juicy chicken that is made all the more perfect served with a dollop of greek yoghurt, a heap of fresh coriander leaves (yes I am team coriander 👊) and some delicious keto flat bread.

bowl of chicken curry and naan on a plate

TIKKA MASALA INGREDIENTS

There are just a few spices in the keto tikka masala recipe. Most of them I am sure you will have in the pantry already if not all of them. All ingredients are super easy to source as well. If you are missing any leave them out if you wish.

  • chicken breast – you can use any cut of chicken you prefer. On the bone is also delicious.
  • Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • garlic 
  • ginger paste, I love having a tube of ginger paste in the fridge to add to my cooking. I find it convenient and I never waste any.
  • turmeric
  • ground cumin
  • coriander
  • paprika
  • tandoori red colour (optional)
  • ground nutmeg
  • ground cloves
  • ground cinnamon
  • sambal oelek
  • salt flakes
  • ground black pepper
  • crushed tomatoes
  • butter or ghee
  • olive oil
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HOW TO MAKE KETO CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA

In the below recipe I have included steps for a how to cook a Thermomix Chicken Tikka Masala as well as conventional method. Either way of cooking results in a delicious chicken curry.

I totally recommend leaving the chicken to marinate overnight. This helps to really deliver a truly tasty curry. After marinating, fry the chicken in batches. Frying in batches allows the room for the cooking juices to be cooked out so you aren’t stewing the chicken. This makes the chicken a lot more tender.

In the ingredients and method I have mentioned I prefer to use The Best Enchilada Sauce rather than tinned tomatoes. It may seem a weird pairing of Mexican and Indian flavours but trust me on this one.

Keto Chicken Tikka Masala in a bowl on a blue background

WHAT TO SERVE WITH CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA

For me I always love a good spoonful of Greek yoghurt and any of the follow sides and garnishes.

  1. Cauliflower Rice
  2. Hemp Share Naan
  3. Fresh coriander leaves
  4. Cauliflower Wraps
  5. Greek yoghurt
Cauliflower rice and lime in a brown bowl

OUR BEST IN CURRIES

Here are just a few of my favourite keto curry recipes. If you are wondering what the bread is that is shown in the images it is my very popular Hemp Share Bread. If you have my Keto Breads eBook you will not only have access to it but also to a Stuffed Hemp Naan as well. It is the best keto bread I know of by far!

  1. Saffron Chicken Korma
  2. Thai Penang Chicken Curry
  3. Chiang Mai Chicken Curry
  4. Malaysian Meat Curry Powder
  5. Thai Red Curry Paste
  6. Massaman Chicken Curry
  7. Butter Chicken
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Chicken Tikka with Hemp Naan

Chicken Tikka Masala

This Chicken Tikka Masala is easily one of my most favoured recipes. If you are yet to try it then put it on your list. You will not be sorry.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Course: Lunch and Dinner
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: keto chicken tikka masala, thermomix tikka masala, tikka masala
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 446kcal
Servings: 4 Serves
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Ingredients

CHICKEN MARINADE

  • 800 g chicken breast cut into 3cm cubes
  • 125 g Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic crushed
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon tandoori red colour optional
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon sambal oelek
  • 1 teaspoon salt flakes
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

TO SERVE

  • Fresh coriander leaves
  • Extra Greek yoghurt

SAUCE

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 40 g butter
  • ½ large onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon ginger finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon tandoori red colour optional
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 400 g crushed tomatoes – for full disclosure I substituted Enchilada Sauce – aaahhhmazing!
  • 1 teaspoon salt flakes
  • 50 g thickened cream

Instructions

CONVENTIONAL METHOD

  • Combine chicken and all the marinade ingredients in a large non-reactive bowl. Marinate for 1 hour (or overnight).
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large frypan over medium-high heat. Fry chicken pieces in batches making sure not to crowd the pan. Fry until lightly brown on each side. Remove from pan. Reserve.
  • Heat remaining oil and butter in pan. Fry onion until translucent.
  • Add garlic, ginger, cumin, turmeric, chilli powder, coriander, tandoori colour (if using) paprika, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon. Fry until fragrant, while stirring continuously.
  • Add tinned tomato (or Enchilada Sauce) and salt. Simmer stirring occasionally for 10 minutes.
  • Add the marinated chicken, marinade and cream. Cook 7 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  • Serve with coriander and yoghurt.

THERMOMIX® METHOD

  • Combine chicken and all the marinade ingredients in a large non-reactive bowl. Marinate for 1 hour (or overnight).
  • Place olive oil, butter, onion, garlic and ginger into bowl and mix 20 seconds/speed 5.
  • Scrape sides of bowl. Add all dry spices and cook 2 minutes/110℃/stir.
  • Insert butterfly. Add tinned tomato (or Enchilada Sauce) and salt. Cook 10 minutes/100℃/reverse/stir. Basket on top to stop splattering.
  • Add the marinated chicken, marinade and cream. Cook 10 minutes/100℃/reverse/stir. Basket on top to stop splattering. Serve with coriander leaves and yoghurt.

Notes

Store in fridge for up to 3 days or freeze in individual portions. 
Add some paneer cheese if desired.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serve | Calories: 446kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 168mg | Sodium: 906mg | Potassium: 857mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 740IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 2mg | Magnesium: 60mg | Net Carbs: 5g
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