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Saffron Chicken Korma – A low carb keto recipe

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A simple chicken korma that delivers a beautiful mouthful of fresh flavours with every spoonful.

I love my little twists on traditional Indian recipes.  I think playing with the gravy’s balance on spice, heat and creaminess gives me a different kind of curry each time, and I just love them all.

This chicken korma is delicious! The macadamias some great healthy fats and help with the gravy but I also had mine still with a little bit of crunch and it was great.  I also love a bit of heat (a lot) in mine so have added a sedate amount of spiciness should you so choose.  It is very easy to add your spice at the end and adjust to your palate.

Mad Creations Saffron Chicken Korma #glutenfree #grainfree #ketodiet_

Mad Creations Saffron Chicken Korma #glutenfree #grainfree #ketodiet_

I created this recipe just relaxing last week trying to have my first weekend off “work”. I fail pretty miserably at tools down, but of course with any recipe I need to record it just in case it is a winner.  Sadly I did write this down on a little piece of paper, in my short hand that has been called authentic hieroglyphics, and then promptly lost said piece of paper.  After scrounging around everywhere I was lucky to final find it pretty much where I thought I had left it but it had just got caught up in Stormy’s blanket.  I have to say I am totally hopeless with little pieces of paper.  Mind you I am totally hopeless recording my recipes anywhere.  I am big on losing them that is for sure.

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Saffron Chicken Korma

This recipe is made from the heart and cooked from my belly.  Yep that is right!  I made this recipe with what my heart, my head, and my belly wanted to eat.  Pure success! Delicious and nourishing in every way!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Course: Curry
Cuisine: Australian Keto, Indian
Keyword: Korma
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 540kcal
Author: Megan Ellam
Servings: 6 serves
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  • 15 g ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 90 g macadamias
  • 40 g tomato paste
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 pinch saffron
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 200 g Greek yoghurt I use Meredith Dairy sheeps milk yoghurt


  • 600 g chicken thigh fillets sliced into large cubes
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 50 g butter
  • 35 g oil
  • 100 g thickened cream


  • 2 tbsp hot sauce or
  • 1 tbsp hot chillies thinly sliced

To serve

  • Fresh coriander leaves
  • Extra yoghurt



  • Add garlic, ginger and macadamias to a blender and pulse until finely chopped. Add all marinade ingredients and blend for 20 seconds.  
  • Pour marinade into large bowl with chicken. Combine well, cover and refrigerate for minimum 2 hours or overnight.
  • Finely chop onion and sauté gently in butter and oil over medium heat.
  • Add chicken and marinade, turn the heat down to low and cook for 20 minutes or until chicken is just cooked through.
  • Add cream and chilli if using and cook for further few minutes to heat through.
  • Serve immediately.


  • Place ginger, garlic and macadamias in bowl and process 5 seconds/speed 10.
  • Add rest of marinade ingredients and blend 10 seconds/speed 10.
  • Pour marinade over chicken in non reactive bowl and combine. Leave to marinate for 2 hours or overnight.
  • Add onion to bowl and chop 3 seconds/speed 5. Add butter and oil and cook for 4 minutes/90℃/reverse stir/MC off.
  • Add chicken and marinade to onion mix and cook 20 minutes/98℃/reverse stir.
  • Finally add cream and chilli, if using and cook for further 4 minutes/98℃/reverse stir.
  • Serve immediately.


1. This recipe is suitable to freeze.
2. Curry can be kept in airtight container up to 4 days.
3. The is recipe is best started the night before.
4. Marinade can be made in bulk and frozen in individual portions, or ice cube trays until needed.
5. For a dairy free option please substitute ghee for butter, and coconut yoghurt for Greek yoghurt.
6. Macadamias can be substituted for almonds or pepitas(for nut-free variation)


Serving: 1serve | Calories: 540kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 140mg | Sodium: 211mg | Potassium: 382mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 840IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 1.7mg | Net Carbs: 6g
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Mad Creations Saffron Chicken Korma #glutenfree #grainfree #ketodiet_

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  • Bernie Martin says:

    5 stars
    At what point do you add the macadamias and should they be chopped? Thanks!

    • Megan says:

      Hi Bernie, if you are cooking the conventional way I have just adjusted the recipe, as I had indeed left out the first step. Thanks for letting me know

  • penny b says:

    5 stars
    Made this tonight and it was a hit. I used almonds instead of Macadamia nuts (as thats what I had on hand) the kids thought it was a bit “gritty”. Ill give the Macadamia nuts a try next time. The flavour is quite mild and easy for heat up with added chilli if needed. A definite must make and will be on rotation in our house. Also an easy recipe for the adult kids to recreate without relying on a jar or packet mix! Thanks Megan, truly delicious.

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