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Keto Butter Chicken

Your next favourite meal, this Keto Butter Chicken is packed with flavour and easy to make! Prep it ahead of time for a quick weeknight meal.

Two plates of keto butter chicken with cauliflower rice and garnished with fresh cilantro.

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I am so crazy head-over-heels in love with this Keto Butter Chicken. I basically want to eat it for lunch and dinner ever single day. Lucky for me, my husband loves this deliciousness as well, almost as much as I do!

It’s super easy to mix up the marinade and can be left in the fridge for 1 -24 hours before being cooked up. I like to make the marinade in the morning whenever I have a few minutes, then it is all ready for dinner time. If you will be busy all day, the marinade can be made the night before!

The sauce is super creamy and flavourful and besides the spices, you’ll only need a few ingredients. I think it is best served with Cauliflower Rice but is also great with Keto Naan Bread or on a Fathead Pizza Crust! SO GOOD!

I hope you love this Keto Butter Chicken as much as we do!

Plate of keto butter chicken with cauliflower rice and garnished with fresh cilantro.

Why this recipe works

  1. This Keto Butter Chicken can be prepped whenever time allows, making it a quick weeknight meal.
  2. The creamy sauce is packed with flavour and pairs perfectly with the texture of the chicken.
  3. It’s one of those dishes you actually want to have for leftoversyeah, it’s that yummyit can be reheated and eaten straight up, or try this deliciousness on a pizza!

Keto Butter Chicken Ingredients

  • boneless skinless chicken breast
  • plain greek yogurt
  • lemon juice
  • garam masala
  • turmeric powder
  • cayenne
  • chili powder
  • sea salt
  • butter
  • heavy whipping cream
  • tomato paste
  • onion
  • garlic
  • ginger

How to make Keto Butter Chicken

Start with the marinade.

This can be made 1 – 24 hours before it is cooked, whatever works best for you! I always try to give it at least 3-4 hours but if you can only fit in 1 hour, that is totally cool too.

Combine yogurt, lemon juice, garam masala, turmeric, chili, cayenne and salt in a bowl and whisk until fully combined. Add chopped boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs and toss until the marinade has been fully mixed in.

Scrape the entire contents into a ziploc bag and squeeze the air out. Refrigerate 1-24 hours.

Keto butter chicken marinade.

Once you are ready to make dinner, Heat a skillet on medium heat with 2 tbsp butter. Empty the contents of the bag into the skillet, cover and cook until the chickens internal temperature reaches 180°.

Marinade in the skillet, fully cooked.

Heat a medium saucepan on medium high and add 2 tbsp butter. Toss in a chopped onion and cook until translucent, then add the minced garlic and ginger.

Saucepan filled with cooked onion, garlic and ginger.

Stir for a moment or two then add the remaining butter, heavy whipping cream and tomato paste. Stir, then carefully puree until smooth with an immersion blender.

If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can cool the sauce and puree in a blender until smooth, or skip this step all together. Butter Chicken is supposed to have a soft, silky texture, but if you don’t care about that, save yourself a step. Personally, I love the texture of the smooth sauce.

Bring the sauce back up to a simmer, then add in the cooked chicken and stir to combine.

Keto Butter Chicken in a saucepan, fully cooked and ready to be served.

Serve over Cauliflower Rice with freshly chopped cilantro.

Watch the whole thing go down:

Expert Tips

  1. I am usually the kinda gal that goes for chicken thighs, however, I actually prefer chicken breast in this recipe. Have you ever deboned your own? I don’t buy boneless often, because it’s so much more expensive, so I remove the bone myself. Check out this video if removing the bone is something you’ve never done before.
  2. Chop the chicken into small, bite sized pieces. This not only makes the dish easier to eat, but then there is more chicken pieces to go around.
  3. My immersion blender is one of my very best friends. It is essential in this recipe as well as others like this Keto Italian Dressing or other soup and sauce recipes.
  4. Fresh cilantro brings life to this dish, but I know there are some major haters out there – are you or your guest one of them? Try basil instead.

How to Make Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower is super easy to make a so versatile. I can’t believe how much of the stuff I’ve eaten, even just in the last month. I LOVE it!

Two wooden bowls of keto sweet and sour meatballs with cauliflower rice.
Keto Sweet and Sour Meatballs

I used to make rice for my family and cauliflower rice just for myself, but my husband started ‘stealing’ my cauliflower rice, so now I don’t even bother making rice, just the cauliflower rice.

Besides Keto Butter Chicken, cauliflower rice is also excellent with Peanut Chicken, Korean Beef, Sweet and Sour Meatballs, Teriyaki Chicken and more!

Learn How to Make Cauliflower Rice.

Two plates of keto butter chicken with cauliflower rice and garnished with fresh cilantro.

Keto Butter Chicken Pizza

This pizza is absolutely crave worthy. I always try to save some Keto Butter Chicken so that I can make it.

I make this Fathead Pizza Crust then load up the pizza with warmed Keto Butter Chicken, sliced red onion and diced tomatoes. After it’s baked I like to garnish it with fresh cilantro.

This pizza is a MUST try; it’s soooo delicious!!

Keto Butter Chicken garnished with fresh cilantro.

Slow Cooker Keto Butter Chicken

Can this recipe be made in the slow cooker? Why yes, it can! Here’s how:

Heat a skillet on medium high heat and add 2 tbsp butter. Once hot, fry the cubed chicken and chopped onion until the onion is translucent.

In the slow cooker combine the yogurt, lemon juice, tomato paste, heavy whipping cream, garam masala, turmeric, chili powder, cayenne, salt, garlic and ginger, then mix well to combine.

Stir in the chicken and onion and cook on low for 5-6 hours or high 3-4 hours.

Remove the chicken with a slotted spoon, puree the sauce using an immersion blender, then place the chicken back into the slow cooker and stir well.

Serve hot over cauliflower rice and garnish with freshly chopped cilantro.

Love this recipe? Try these next:

Keto Shepherd’s Pie

Crunchy Low Carb Baked Chicken Tenders

Keto Teriyaki Chicken

Crispy Keto Chicken Burger

Keto Sweet & Sour Meatballs

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Two plates of keto butter chicken with cauliflower rice and garnished with fresh cilantro.

Keto Butter Chicken

Get your YUM on with this Keto Butter Chicken, featuring chicken breast drenched in a flavour packed and velvety smooth sauce, served over Cauliflower Rice.
5 from 9 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Marinade: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Aleta

Ingredients

Marinade

  • 1 ½ lb boneless skinless chicken breast or boneless skinless thighs
  • ¾ cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 ½ tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne
  • 1 ½ tsp sea salt

Sauce

  • ½ cup unsalted butter divided
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger minced or grated
  • 3 cloves garlic minced or pressed
  • 5.5 oz tomato paste
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Garnish

  • freshly chopped cilantro

Instructions

Equipment Needed

Directions

    Marinade

    • In a medium bowl combine the yogurt, lemon juice, garam masala, chili powder, turmeric, cayenne and salt, then mix well.
    • Chop the chicken into bite sized cubes and toss with the yogurt. Scrape into a large ziploc, remove the air then refrigerate for 1-24 hours.

    Keto Butter Chicken

    • Heat a skillet on medium heat with 2 tbsp butter. Once hot, empty the contents of the bag into the skillet, cover and cook until the chickens internal temperature reaches 180°.
    • Heat a saucepan on medium high heat and add 2 tbsp butter. Chop the onion and add to the hot butter. Cook until translucent then stir in the minced garlic and ginger. Stir for a moment or two then add the remaining butter, heavy whipping cream and tomato paste.
    • Stir, then carefully puree until smooth with an immersion blender. Bring the sauce back up to a simmer, then add in the cooked chicken and stir to combine.

    Notes

    • If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can cool the sauce and puree in a blender until smooth, or skip this step all together. Butter Chicken is supposed to have a soft, silky texture, but if you don’t care about that, save yourself a step. Personally, I love the texture of the smooth sauce.
    • See post above for a drool worthy pizza idea to use up any leftovers.
    • See post above for slow cooker instructions.
    Nutrition Facts
    Nutrition facts are an estimate only! The ingredients you choose could have different nutritional values than the ingredients I have used.  
    Deduct fibre ( 2.6 g ) from the total carbs to get 7.4 g net carbs per serving.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 6servings | Calories: 519kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 41.3g | Fat: 34.1g | Sodium: 817mg | Fiber: 2.6g

    24 Comments

    1. Homemade butter chicken is a staple in our house – a keto version would be great for when my mom comes over!

    2. These keno butter chicken are so amazingly delicious. What a great recipe. Our family is a huge fan of butter chicken and I can’t wait to try this version.

    3. 5 stars
      I am sure it can easily become my favorite – that flavor that fills in the kitchen when cooking this dish must go through the roof – and that is what I like to see in my favorite recipes! 🙂

    4. What a smart way to dress up chicken! Looks very moist and flavorful

    5. 5 stars
      Hehe. I love my immersion blender too! I love butter chicken and your keto version looks so delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

    6. 5 stars
      I just love this recipe! It’s so easy to make for busy weeknights, but it’s also so full of flavor. And I love that it’s served with cauliflower for an extra healthy twist. Thanks for sharing!

    7. 5 stars
      OMG, I love butter chicken and the option of making it ahead is just perfect for me! I might be eating this tonight. Just saying. Thanks for sharing!

    8. 5 stars
      I always get butter chicken when we eat out, but now I can make it at home! I love this more than the version at my local restaurant!

    9. 5 stars
      Love this recipe. I am so intrigued to see how your have tweaked the recipe to make it Keto.

    10. This looks SO delicious! Wishing I could dive into this right now! Love that it’s Keto friendly as well!

    11. 5 stars
      I’ve had butter chicken many times at restaurants, but have always been afraid to try it at home. But with your detailed instructions and pictures, I can definitely give this a shot!

    12. 5 stars
      Butter chicken is one of my favorite dishes! I’ve never tried making this at home but always order it when I go out. Definitely going to give it a go, thanks for all the tips.

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