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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.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Canadian, Indian, Low Carb
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marinade 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 519kcal
Author Aleta



  • 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


  • 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


  • freshly chopped cilantro


Equipment Needed



    • 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.



    • 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.


    Serving: 6servings | Calories: 519kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 41.3g | Fat: 34.1g | Sodium: 817mg | Fiber: 2.6g | Net Carbs: 7.4g