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Low Carb Keto Butter Chicken – The best ever recipe

The very best low carb keto butter chicken recipe you are going to love it! So easy and a dish big on flavour.

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I wanted to create the absolute best low carb keto butter chicken recipe and I believe I have! Not only does this butter chicken recipe have loads of flavour but it is also so easy!

With all the keto recipes I create flavour is always number one followed closely by ease of recipe. We all lead very busy lives and no dish should take hours in the kitchen. This keto butter chicken recipe is all of the above (and more).

Butter Chicken, also known as Murgh Makhani is easily one of the most popular curry recipes around the globe. And, let me tell you this butter chicken sauce is a show stopper. Read below for more tips on making yours the very best butter chicken too.

butter chicken in a metal bowl with grey backdrop

low carb keto butter chicken

Butter Chicken recipes always look like there is lots of ingredients but trust me, you are likely to have a lot of them in your pantry now.

There is just 3 ingredients in our low carb keto butter chicken recipe that you may have to source from an Indian or Asian grocer. Oh yeah there is an optional 4th ingredient not found in most supermarkets as well (see below).

  1. Brown/Black Cardamom Pods – check out the picture below of what these look like. They are not the same as the smaller green pods.
  2. Fenugreek Leaves (are also known as Methi) – the leaves make all the difference in this recipe. Seeds or fenugreek powder are just not the same.
  3. Kashmiri Chilli Powder – is actually a mild chilli powder that adds colour to the dish as well.
  4. Tandoori colour (completely optional – does not affect the flavour)
brown caramom pods
This is what a brown or black cardamom pod looks like they are not the same as the green ones.

Here is the complete list of butter chicken ingredients.

butter chicken marinade

½ teaspoon ground cumin

½ teaspoon garam masala

1 teaspoon salt flakes

Optional ½ teaspoon red Tandoori food colouring (optional)

½ teaspoon ground turmeric

½ teaspoon hot chilli powder I use Kashmiri chilli powder

70g Greek yoghurt plus extra to serve

900g chicken breast or thigh, cut into 3 -4 cm cubes. I really recommend using chicken thighs in the butter chicken. They are so much softer and less likely to be over-cooked.

A spoonful of chicken curry held up with a fork

the butter chicken sauce

2 tablespoons (40g) ghee or melted unsalted butter

½ onion, (100g) finely minced

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 teaspoon ginger paste, or fresh grated ginger

2 brown/black cardamom pods, bruised

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 teaspoon garam masala

1.5 teaspoons ground turmeric

1 teaspoon Kashmiri chilli powder

1 tablespoon fenugreek leaves, please do not omit these they add so much to the butter chicken sauce flavour

400g tomatoes, crushed

2 tablespoons tomato paste

40g butter or ghee

100g thickened cream, or coconut cream (for dairy free)

3 tablespoons almond meal (or use 1 tablespoon of gelatin to thicken)

Salt and pepper, to taste

TO SERVE

Fresh coriander leaves cauliflower rice and extra yoghurt.

butter chicken in a wood bowl

how to make keto butter chicken

Like I mentioned above I wanted to create an easy butter chicken recipe. A recipe that doesn’t require a huge amount of kitchen time (and less ingredients). Butter chicken is one of the most popular curries in the world and when you have a good recipe it is all the better.

So in keeping with how I like to roll and keeping you happy, I have created this low carb keto butter chicken recipe to cook 3 ways.

Firstly, we have good old fashion Butter Chicken cooked on the stove. While I am sure we would all love to cook our butter chicken in a tandoor it is not necessarily easy for most of us.

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Secondly, I have created the very best Thermomix Butter Chicken recipe. I have tried them all and yes I would say this is the best butter chicken cooked in a Thermomix. Plus it is a keto butter chicken recipe, where you can see the nutritional values per serve.

a bowl of butter chicken on a wood backdrop

Lastly, I had to add a how to make butter chicken in the Instant Pot. I am a big Instant Pot fan, and cooking a slow cooked butter chicken or and Instant Pot pressure cooked butter chicken is great either way. It still requires very little effort from me to have an amazing dish to serve.

CONVENTIONAL METHOD

1. Combine marinade ingredients in a non-reactive bowl coating chicken well. Cover and chill for 3-4 hours.

2. Melt ghee in a pan over moderate heat. Add onion, garlic, ginger, cardamom, coriander, garam masala, turmeric, and chilli powder. Stir well and sauté for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.

3. Add fenugreek leaves, tomatoes and tomato paste. Bring to a simmer and reduce by a third. Add the chicken to the pan and reduce heat to a low simmer. Simmer chicken for 10-12 minutes or until cooked through.

4. Add the butter, cream and almond meal. Stir continuously until the butter has melted and the sauce is thick and velvety. (Add more almond meal as needed if sauce is not thick enough). Season to taste. Serve with Saffron Cauliflower Rice, coriander leaves and extra yoghurt.

THERMAL METHOD

1. Combine marinade ingredients in a non-reactive bowl coating chicken well. Cover and chill for 3-4 hours.

2. Place onion and garlic into mixer bowl and chop 3 sec/speed 5. Add ghee, ginger, cardamom, coriander, garam masala, turmeric and chilli powder to mixer bowl and cook 2 min/100℃/MC off/stir.

3. Add fenugreek leaves, tomatoes and tomato paste and continue to cook 14 min/100℃/MC off/basket on top/stir.

4. Add the butter, cream almond meal and chicken. Stir using a spatula to ensure chicken is completely covered in the sauce. Cook 12 min/100℃/ basket on top/reverse /stir. (Add more almond meal as needed if sauce is not thick enough). Season to taste. Serve as above.

INSTANT POT METHOD

1. Combine marinade ingredients in a non-reactive bowl coating chicken well. Cover and chill for 3-4 hours.

2. Add all ingredients to Instant Pot except butter, cream and almond meal. Set Pot to 10 minutes high pressure. Allow to naturally release for 10 minutes then release remaining pressure

3. Add the butter, cream and almond meal. Stir continuously until the butter has melted and the sauce is thick and velvety. (Add more almond meal as needed if sauce is not thick enough). Season to taste. Serve with Saffron Cauliflower Rice, coriander leaves and extra yoghurt.

Bowl of butter chicken on marble backdrop

what to serve with butter chicken

To be honest I can just eat this butter chicken straight from the bowl.

When I was going through all the testing I had just placed the Thermomix butter chicken I was testing on the kitchen bench to cool just a bit before refrigeration. I reached over to just test a little more. Then I got a small bowl. Then I added a little bit more after finishing it. Haha! Yep that was my meal for the day.

Anyway, I digress… I recommend a small serving of Cauliflower Rice, extra Greek yoghurt (or our 2 Ingredient Yoghurt) and coriander leaves. Simple and delicious. It does team exceptionally well with our Stuffed Keto Naan that you will find in our Keto Breads eBook.

This low carb butter chicken will also store in the fridge for up to 3 days. Otherwise freeze in individual serves in an airtight container for when you need an easy meal. Then it will just be just like the best keto takeout meal ever.

butter chicken in a pottery bowl

hungry for more keto curry recipes?

I do love a good keto curry myself. Here are just a few of my favourites.

  1. Saffron Chicken Korma
  2. Massaman Chicken Curry
  3. Thai Penang Chicken Curry
  4. Red Curry Chicken Chiang Mai Style
  5. Malaysian Meat Curry Powder
bowl of korma on green background

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A spoonful of chicken curry held up with a fork

Low Carb Keto Butter Chicken Recipe

I wanted to create the absolute best low carb keto butter chicken recipe and I believe I have! Not only does this butter chicken recipe have loads of flavour but it is also so easy!
4.96 from 43 votes
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Course: Lunch or Dinner
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Keto Butter Chicken, low carb butter chicken
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 533kcal
Author: Megan Mad Creations Hub
Servings: 6 serves
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Ingredients

CHICKEN MARINADE

  • 1 teaspoon salt flakes
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon red Tandoori food colouring optional
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon Kashmiri chilli powder See
  • 70 g Greek yoghurt plus extra to serve
  • 900 g chicken breast or thigh fillets (I recommend thigh) cut into 3 -4 cm cubes

CURRY SAUCE

  • 2 tablespoons (40g) ghee or melted unsalted butter or coconut oil
  • ½ onion (100g) finely minced
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 2 brown/black cardamom pods bruised. See Note 8
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1.5 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri chilli powder See Note 7
  • 1 tablespoon fenugreek leaves See Note 9
  • 400 g tomatoes crushed
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 40 g butter
  • 100 g thickened cream or coconut cream. See Note 10
  • 3 tablespoons almond meal or use 1 tablespoon of gelatin to thicken
  • Salt and pepper to taste

TO SERVE

  • Fresh coriander leaves cauliflower rice and extra yoghurt

Instructions

CONVENTIONAL METHOD

  • Combine marinade ingredients in a non-reactive bowl coating chicken well. Cover and chill for 3-4 hours or leave overnight.
  • Melt ghee in a pan over moderate heat. Add onion, garlic, ginger, cardamom, coriander, garam masala, turmeric, and chilli powder. Stir well and sauté for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add fenugreek leaves, tomatoes and tomato paste. Bring to a simmer and reduce by a third. Add the chicken to the pan and reduce heat to a low simmer. Simmer chicken for 10-12 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Add the butter, cream and almond meal. Stir continuously until the butter has melted and the sauce is thick and velvety. (Add more almond meal as needed if sauce is not thick enough). Season to taste. Serve with Saffron Cauliflower Rice, coriander leaves and extra yoghurt.

THERMAL METHOD

  • Combine marinade ingredients in a non-reactive bowl coating chicken well. Cover and chill for 3-4 hours.
  • Place onion and garlic into mixer bowl and chop 3 sec/speed 5. Add ghee, ginger, cardamom, coriander, garam masala, turmeric and chilli powder to mixer bowl and cook 2 min/100℃/MC off/stir.
  • Add fenugreek leaves, tomatoes and tomato paste and continue to cook 14 min/100℃/MC off/basket on top/stir.
  • Add the butter, cream almond meal and chicken. Stir using a spatula to ensure chicken is completely covered in the sauce. Cook 12 min/100℃/basket on top/reverse /stir. (Add more almond meal as needed if sauce is not thick enough). Season to taste. Serve as above.

INSTANT POT OR PRESSURE COOKER METHOD

  • Combine marinade ingredients in a non-reactive bowl coating chicken well. Cover and chill for 3-4 hours.
  • Add all ingredients to Instant Pot except butter, cream and almond meal. Set Pot to 10 minutes high pressure. Allow to naturally release for 10 minutes then release remaining pressure.
  • Add the butter, cream and almond meal. Stir continuously until the butter has melted and the sauce is thick and velvety. (Add more almond meal as needed if sauce is not thick enough). Season to taste. Serve with Saffron Cauliflower Rice, coriander leaves and extra yoghurt.

Notes

  1. I recommend a small serving of Cauliflower Rice, extra Greek yoghurt (or our
  2. 2 Ingredient Yoghurt) and coriander leaves. Simple and delicious.
  3. It does team exceptionally well with our Stuffed Keto Naan that you will find in our Keto Breads eBook.
  4. This low carb butter chicken will also store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  5. Otherwise freeze in individual serves in an airtight container for when you need an easy meal. Then it will just be just like the best keto takeout meal ever.
  6. This recipe makes 6 generous serves.
  7. Kashmiri chilli powder is a very mild Indian chilli powder. It adds flavour and colour to the low carb Butter Chicken without adding heat.
  8. Please look above in the blog post to see what a brown cardamom pod looks like. Sometimes also labelled as a black cardamom pod. They are available at Indian/Asian grocers and have a different flavour profile than green cardamom pods.
  9. Fenugreek leaves are authentic to a butter chicken gravy. They are completely different to the powder or seeds for adding flavour and I strongly recommend sourcing them and using them in this recipe.
  10. To make this into a dairy free butter chicken or paleo butter chicken recipe simply replace the butter with coconut oil and the cream with coconut cream.
  11. The flavours will develop more when refrigerated overnight as well.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serve | Calories: 533kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 198mg | Sodium: 614mg | Potassium: 565mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1264IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2mg | Magnesium: 41mg | Net Carbs: 6g
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    89 Comments

  • Khushnuma Fitter says:

    Hi Megan
    I have tried the butter chicken recipe and the only thing I did that was different from the recipe was i blitz the curry sauce before adding the chicken because otherwise it was too chunky for my liking and added a bit more almond meal to thicken the curry but apart from that followed the recipe to the T
    I realised that my colour was different from yours as it was much lighter. It taste good however next time I will try adding slightly more chilli as it was a bit mild for me. The recipe however with a few tweaks to suit my liking is a really good recipe thank you 😊

  • Jacquie Kehoe says:

    5 stars
    Best Butter Chicken recipe l wouldn’t change a thing. What a winner Megan!

  • Karen Harris says:

    5 stars
    Loved this – one of the best butter chickens I have ever made. I used the conventional method. Really yummy! Thank you Megan

  • Lynda H says:

    5 stars
    What a MARVELLOUS dish you have created Megan ❤️
    I used a pressure cooker this afternoon to make it .
    Love how the chicken thighs are cooked in 10mins.
    What’s a head spinner for me 💫.
    Keep creating hun you and your test team are brilliant 🥰

    • Megan Mad Creations Hub says:

      Thanks so much Lynda. I am so happy you are enjoying the Butter Chicken. Also thanks for taking the time to leave such a nice review.

  • Donna says:

    5 stars
    Yes I agree – this is the best authentic butter chicken recipe – love it – takes me back to my time in England – now just need a recipe for the English traditional dish of Chicken Tikka Masala 😋😋

  • Cristina says:

    Omg this is the best and easiest butter chicken recipe ever!! Already made it 3 times in 2 weeks!! Love love love it!! Thank you Megan!

    • Megan Mad Creations Hub says:

      I am so glad you enjoyed it Cristina. Thanks so much for also taking the time to leave a review. It is very appreciated.

  • Kym S says:

    5 stars
    Yum! Yum! Yum! It’s unanimous… this is THE BEST tasting Butter Chicken ever cooked in our house… keto – non keto – thermie – conventional. When the kids stop gaming to come and find out “What smells soooo good!” you know it’s going to be a hit. And SO EASY. Thank you for another fantastic recipe Megan xo

  • Susan Strachan says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! Best butter chicken recipe I have tried. It’s so easy and quick to make! My non keto family loved it! My hubby took some left overs from the freezer for his lunch and he thought it was leftovers from our local indian! Winner! Thanks Megan ☺️☺️

    • Megan Mad Creations Hub says:

      Woohoo Susan! So great to hear the positive feedback and that you all enjoyed the recipe. And a HUGE thanks for taking the time to leave a review and let me know you enjoyed the recipe. xx

  • Mat Steel says:

    5 stars
    I have two words Easy, Delicious.

  • jan K says:

    5 stars
    Delicious! delicious! Delicious! I used the conventional method with no changes to the recipe with the exception of leaving out the tandoori colour. Fabulous flavours and so easy

    • Megan Mad Creations Hub says:

      So happy you enjoyed the recipe Jan. Also a big thanks for taking the time to leave a review. It really is appreciated. I hope you find loads more recipes to enjoy on our site.

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