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Keto Indian butter chicken recipe
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Low Carb (Keto) Indian Butter Chicken

This Indian Butter Chicken is a great low carb choice and delicious main dish.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Marinate2 hrs
Total Time3 hrs
Course: Chicken, Main Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: indian butter chicken, indian butter chicken recipe
Servings: 4
Calories: 694kcal
Author: Rachael



  • 1 ½ lbs chicken thighs boneless, skinless chicken thighs, chunked into one inch pieces
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp Garam Masala
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp fenugreek
  • 1 tsp ground cumin


  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion medium
  • 1/2 Tbs ginger paste or 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 cup tomatoes pureed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Garnish (optional):

  • Fresh cilantro leaves


  • In a gallon sized zip top bag, add all ingredients for chicken Squeeze the bag to mix it all together and coat the chicken. Refrigerate for 2 hours minimum.
  • Heat 1 Tbs olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and add onions to the skillet, cook until softened and starting to caramelize, about 20 minutes.
  • Then add the chicken (with the marinade) to the same skillet, and cook 3-4 minutes.
  • Stir in the garlic, ginger, and pureed tomatoes.
  • Turn temperature to low, put lid on, let simmer 20-25 minutes until chicken is cooked through and sauce is reduced and thicker.
  • Stir the heavy whipping cream into the sauce.
  • Serve garnished with fresh cilantro, if desired.


Adapted from: https://theketoqueens.com/low-carb-keto-indian-butter-chicken/?cn-reloaded=1


Calories: 694kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 59g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Cholesterol: 263mg | Sodium: 768mg | Potassium: 585mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1595IU | Vitamin C: 9.4mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 2mg