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Keto Butter Chicken

Super easy to make and packed with flavour, this Keto Butter Chicken is a house favourite; for good reason! Marinate chicken in the morning and then you’ll just need 20 minutes to complete the dish, perfect for an easy weeknight meal for busy days.

A stone bowl with cauliflower rice and Keto Butter Chicken, beside a spoon.

This post was originally published on June 18, 2019, and has been updated with fresh content and images, plus we’ve added a video!

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.

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 to be cooked 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!

Why you’ll love it

  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 yummy – it can be reheated with cauliflower rice, or made into a Keto Butter Chicken Pizza using a Chicken Pizza Crust or Fathead Pizza Crust!

Ingredients

Ingredients used to make Keto Butter Chicken

Chicken – I like to use chicken breast in this Keto Butter Chicken, but thighs work great too. Be sure to remove the bone and skin from the breasts/thighs.

Garam Masala is an Indian spice blend, one that is essential in making this Low Carb Butter Chicken. Find a good quality, authentic spice blend to purchase, or make your own.

How to make Keto Butter Chicken

Marinade

The marinade can be made 1 – 24 hours before it is cooked. 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.

Marinating chicken in a ziploc bag.

Cook it

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 internal temperature has reached 180°.

Iron skillet with cooked chicken.

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.

Stir for a moment or two, then stir in the remaining ¼ cup butter until melted.

Saucepan with fried onions, ginger, garlic and melted butter.

Stir in the heavy whipping cream and tomato paste, 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.

Pureed sauce in a saucepan.

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

Saucepan filled with Keto Butter Chicken.

Serve over Cauliflower Rice with freshly chopped cilantro.

Stone dish with cauliflower rice, Keto Butter Chicken and cilantro.

Watch the whole thing go down:

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I don’t have an immersion blender?

Butter Chicken is supposed to have a velvety smooth sauce, which is where the immersion blender comes in to play. The sauce can be pureed in a flash while still hot. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you’ve got two options.

  1. Leave the sauce as is. It won’t be silky smooth because of the onion, ginger and garlic, but it will still be delicious!
  2. If you must have that traditional velvety smooth sauce, cool the sauce completely before pureeing in a blender, then heat back up before the chicken is added.

How many carbs are in butter chicken?

You’ll often find added sugar in the butter chicken sauce and it’s almost always paired with rice and naan bread.

This is why it’s best to make Keto Butter Chicken at home! Per serving it comes in at just 7.4g net carbs, and you can pair it with Cauliflower Rice and/or Keto Naan Bread!

How to reheat Keto Butter Chicken

It can be reheated on the stovetop or in the microwave. My favourite way to use up leftovers is to make a Butter Chicken Pizza!

Keto Butter Chicken Pizza

Make a Fathead Pizza Crust and then load it up with reheated Keto Butter Chicken, shredded mozzarella, diced red onion and diced tomato. Once it’s out of the oven, garnish the pizza with chopped cilantro.

Keto Butter Chicken garnished with fresh cilantro.

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A stone bowl with cauliflower rice and Keto Butter Chicken, beside a spoon.

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 11 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 *see note 1
  • ¾ cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 ½ tbsp garam masala *see note 2
  • 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 *see note 3
  • 3 cloves garlic minced or pressed
  • 5.5 oz tomato paste
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Garnish

  • freshly chopped cilantro *see note 4

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. *see note 6

    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

    1. I like to use chicken breast in this Keto Butter Chicken, but thighs work great too. Be sure to remove the bone and skin from the breasts/thighs.
    2. Garam Masala is an Indian spice blend, one that is essential in making this Low Carb Butter Chicken. Find a good quality, authentic spice blend to purchase, or make your own.
    3. Don’t make the mistake of using dried, ground ginger in place of fresh ginger. There is no comparison in flavour; be sure to use fresh ginger in this Keto Butter Chicken!
    4. Fresh cilantro brings life to this dish, but I know there are some major haters out there – are you one of them? Try basil instead.
    5. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can cool the sauce and puree in a blender until smooth, or skip this step altogether. 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.
    6. I usually try to allow my chicken to marinate for at least 3-4 hours, though 1 hour totally works too. My favourite is to marinate the chicken in the morning, and then come home from a busy day with only 20 minutes left of work to finish off the dish.
    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 | Net Carbs: 7.4g
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    28 Comments

    1. 5 stars
      Wow! This recipe looks so yummy and easy. I love curry and have been wanting to create a recipe of my own, but looks like you guys have done all the hard work for me! Can’t wait to try it out. Thank you.

    2. 5 stars
      Absolutely beautiful. Will have this every weekend from now on instead of a takeaway

    3. 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.

    4. Karyl Henry

      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!

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

    6. 5 stars
      Love this recipe. I am so intrigued to see how your have tweaked the recipe to make it Keto.

    7. 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!

    8. 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!

    9. 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!

    10. 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!

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

    12. 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! 🙂

    13. 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.

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

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