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A bowl filled with keto butter chicken and palmini rice.

Low Carb Keto Butter Chicken Recipe

Megan Ellam
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 46 votes!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Lunch or Dinner
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 serves
Calories 533 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

CHICKEN MARINADE

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon Kashmiri chilli powder See notes
  • 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
  • 2 teaspoons ginger paste
  • 2 brown/black cardamom pods bruised. See Nots
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri chilli powder See Notes
  • 1 tablespoon fenugreek leaves See Notes
  • 400 g tomatoes crushed
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 40 g butter
  • 100 g thickened cream or coconut cream. See Notes
  • 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
  • Palmini Rice optional, use link to order online

Instructions
 

CONVENTIONAL METHOD

  • Combine marinade ingredients in a non-reactive bowl coating chicken well. Cover and chill for 1-2 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 begins to thicken. Leave to rest, covered, for 10-15 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken. Season to taste. Serve with cauliflower rice, coriander leaves and extra yoghurt.

THERMAL METHOD

  • Combine marinade ingredients in a non-reactive bowl coating chicken well. Cover and chill for 1-2 hours.
  • Place onion and garlic into mixer; chop 3 sec/speed 6. Add the ghee, ginger, cardamom, coriander, garam masala, turmeric, and chilli powder to mixer; cook 2 min/100℃/MC off/stir.
  • Add fenugreek leaves, tomatoes and tomato paste; 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. Leave to rest, covered, for 10-15 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken. 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 1-2 hours.
  • Add all ingredients to Instant Pot except butter, cream and almond meal. Set Pot to 10 minutes high pressure/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 thickened. Leave to rest, covered, for 10-15 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken. Season to taste. Serve with cauliflower rice, coriander leaves and extra yoghurt.

Notes

TO SERVE
 
STORING
  • 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.
 
INGREDIENTS & SUBSTITUTES
  • Kashmiri chilli powder is a very mild Indian chilli powder. It adds flavour and colour to the low carb Butter Chicken without adding heat.
  • Black or brown cardamom pods are available at Indian/Asian grocers and have a different flavour profile than green cardamom pods.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The flavours will develop more when refrigerated overnight as well.
  • Swap breast or chicken on the bone, if preferred.
  • The chicken can be grilled before adding to the gravy.
  • For a vegan butter chicken alternative use tofu or cauliflower.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serveCalories: 533kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 28gFat: 44gSaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 198mgSodium: 614mgPotassium: 565mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1264IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 56mgIron: 2mgMagnesium: 41mgNet Carbs: 6g
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