Keto Butter Chicken

by hungryelephant


I usually am not a big fan of Indian cuisine, but lately I’ve been coming around! Maybe because once I was sick after eating it, I decided to forgo all Indian food? Well, that was a mistake because I am falling in LOVE. Curries, butter chicken, naan. All are getting the thumbs up in my books!

One tip I have for you when making this, is get a biggg pan or pot. I used a decent sized pan but the butter chicken was almost overflowing!

What you’ll need:


  • 600g chicken – chopped
  • 1/2 cup (115g) full-fat yogurt (or sour cream)
  • 1 tsp garlic – minced or powder
  • 1/2 tsp ginger – minced or powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder


  • a heaping 3/4 cup butter (approx 86g)
  • a heaping 3/4 cup (15g) green onions (you could also use 1/2 regular onion – chopped)
  • 1 tsp garlic – minced or powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ginger – minced or powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 400g can tomatoes (no sugar added & crushed or chopped)
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream (200g)
  • tsp xanthan gum

In a large bowl, mix together the ingredients for the marinade. Add in your chopped chicken and stir. Make sure all your chicken is coated. Let that sit and marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes (but you can let it sit longer for more tastiness).

When you’re ready to make the sauce, heat up your butter on medium heat. Add in your green onions (or regular onions if you choose to use that instead). Cook for 2-3 minutes.

Time to add in your spices! Whisk in the garam masala, ginger, garlic, cumin, chili powder and cinnamon. Dump in your marinated chicken and cook on medium heat until cooked thoroughly.

Pour in the can of tomatoes and heavy cream. Let it simmer for 5-10 minutes. Sprinkle the xanthan gum on top and whisk into the mixture.

Take off heat and let cool down a bit (but not too much) – it will start to thicken.

Serve with cauliflower rice & keto ‘naan’ bread!

This recipe makes roughly 6 servings.


CALS: 246
FAT: 13.8
CARBS: 6.6
FIBRE: 1.1

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Michael Friend June 9, 2018 - 10:12 am

How is your new home influencing your recipe choices? This one sounds good! How about a recipe with palak paneer cheese in it at some point?

hungryelephant June 9, 2018 - 10:15 am

Hiiiii!!! so good to hear from you!!! Hope all is well in Canada! Everything is good here – yes I’ve been a little influenced by the amount of South Asian food here in Ireland 🙂 I will check out Palak Paneer cheese for sure!

Marc September 30, 2018 - 6:52 pm

Some great recipes. Wish there was a print button for recipe!

hungryelephant October 1, 2018 - 1:32 am

I know! I’m workin on it 🙂

Mare August 25, 2019 - 3:15 am

OMG, I just cooked this for dinner tonight … though I was skeptical how it was going to all turn out, it was so much better than I expected! Was so good, tasty and very easy to cook and put together. Thank you for this recipe. I will have placed this in my Keto Bible and will continue to enjoy cooking this on my Keto journey! God bless.


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