An easy keto recipe for butter chicken, a wonderful Northern Indian dish of intense, complex flavors. Great over cauliflower rice!
The ingredients you’ll need
The list of ingredients isn’t particularly short – I usually aim for much shorter in my recipes.
But that’s the thing with Indian cuisine – all these amazing flavors need to come from somewhere. And that “somewhere” is lots of spices and aromatics.
However, don’t let that deter you. It takes just a few minutes to assemble everything. And once that’s done, the cooking itself is a matter of minutes
The exact measurements are included in the recipe card below. This is an overview of the ingredients needed to make this recipe:
- Heavy cream
- tomato paste
- Kosher salt
- Spices: garam masala, curry powder, paprika, and crushed red pepper
- Aromatics: onion, garlic, and ginger
- Chicken breasts
- Diced tomatoes
The recipe requires just 2 tablespoons of tomato paste. To avoid waste, either use the remaining tomato paste in another recipe (such as this ground beef meat pie).
Or divide it into small plastic containers and freeze for later use. An ice cube tray with a lid works well for this.
How to make keto butter chicken
- Start by mixing together the spices, the tomato paste, and some water, to create a thick paste.
- Cook the onion, garlic and ginger in butter.
- Add the chicken cubes and sautéte.
- Add the diced tomatoes and cook until the chicken is cooked through.
- The final step is to lower the heat and stir in the heavy cream. This creates a beautifully silky sauce.
- Garnish with parsley and serve.
How to serve this dish?
This flavorful, saucy dish is traditionally served on rice, which serves well to absorb the tasty sauce.
Is keto butter chicken healthy?
I think it is. Most would agree that chicken is healthy. The other ingredients here are real-food ingredients.
In addition to the basic nutrition info provided below, a serving of this dish has 660 mg of potassium. It also has 75% of your daily niacin requirements and 30% – 40% of vitamins A, B6, C, phosphorus and selenium.
Add the nutrition from the cauliflower rice, and yes, I would say that this is indeed a healthy choice.
However, a serving of this dish has 8 grams of saturated fat. So if you have a specific issue that requires you to minimize saturated fat, then it’s possible that this recipe is not the best fit for you.
If this is the case, you could possibly replace the butter with olive oil and the heavy cream with Greek yogurt.
What about leftovers?
Leftovers of this butter chicken recipe keep fairly well for 3-4 days in the fridge, in a sealed container, though they’re not as good as fresh.
To avoid drying the chicken, reheat the leftovers gently, covered, in the microwave on 50% power.
Keto Butter Chicken
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon fresh minced ginger
- 1 1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 (15 oz can) diced tomatoes, undrained
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley for garnish
- Measure out the cream and remove from the fridge, to bring it to room temperature.
- In a small bowl, use a small spatula or a fork to mix together the tomato paste, water, kosher salt, garam masala, curry powder, paprika and crushed red peppers, to create a thick paste. Set aside.
- Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat, about 2 minutes. Add the onion and cook, stirring often, about 4 minutes, until soft.
- Add the garlic, ginger and seasoning paste and cook 1 more minute, stirring.
- Add the chicken cubes. Stir well to coat. Sauté the chicken on all sides for 2 minutes.
- Add the diced tomatoes. Keep cooking over medium-high heat, stirring, 3-5 more minutes, until chicken is cooked through.
- Lower heat to low and stir in the heavy cream to create a silky, creamy sauce. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley.