Keto Indian butter chicken

Keto Indian butter chicken

Namaste! We have a confession to make... Butter chicken is one of our favorite Indian dishes and we know we're not the only ones! Luckily enough, we have Jill who invites you to try her keto version of this fabulous butter chicken, served with oven-roasted cauliflower.

Keto Indian butter chicken

Namaste! We have a confession to make... Butter chicken is one of our favorite Indian dishes and we know we're not the only ones! Luckily enough, we have Jill who invites you to try her keto version of this fabulous butter chicken, served with oven-roasted cauliflower.
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6 servingservings

Ingredients

Indian butter chicken
  • 1 1 tomato, choppedtomatoes, chopped
  • 1 1 yellow onion, choppedyellow onions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp fresh ginger
  • 2 2 garlic clove, choppedgarlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp garam masala seasoning
  • ½ tbsp ½ tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp salt
  • ¾ cup 175 ml heavy whipping cream
  • 2 lbs 900 g boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 oz. 75 g butter or ghee
  • ½ cup 125 ml fresh cilantro, for serving (optional)
  • ¼ cup 60 ml heavy whipping cream, for serving (optional)
Oven-baked cauliflower
  • 1 lb 450 g cauliflower, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tbsp ½ tbsp coriander seed
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 oz. 50 g butter

Instructions

Instructions are for 6 servings. Please modify as needed.

Indian butter chicken

  1. Add tomato, onion, ginger, garlic, tomato paste and spices in a food processor. Mix until smooth. Add the cream and mix for a couple of seconds.
  2. Marinate the chicken in the mixture for at least 20 minutes, but preferably more, in the refrigerator.
  3. Heat a third of the butter over medium-high heat in a large frying pan. Remove the chicken from the marinade (reserve the marinade), and fry in the butter for 5 minutes.
  4. Pour the marinade over the chicken and add the rest of the butter. Let simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked. Salt to taste.
  5. Garnish with fresh cilantro and drizzle with a splash of cream.
Oven-roasted cauliflower
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Spread the cauliflower out into an even layer in a large sheet pan.
  3. Season with the spices and butter. Bake for 15 minutes.

Tip!

If you have time, you can marinate the chicken the day before you're actually cooking it. The chicken will be incredibly soft and it's going to taste even more heavenly!

Slow cooker

This stew is excellent to make in a slow cooker. Place fried chicken in the cooker and add the marinade and butter. Cook for 4–6 hours on low temperature. Season with salt.

On the grill

You can also grill the chicken instead of frying it. Then thread the marinated chicken cubes onto skewers and grill on medium heat, turning occasionally, for about 15 minutes, or until the chicken is done.

Put the marinade together with the butter in a frying pan and let simmer for about 15 minutes. Serve the sauce with the grilled chicken and cauliflower.

Video

How to make Indian butter chicken

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58 comments

  1. Georgia
    I absolutely loved this dish! The chicken was so flavorful and tender and the cauliflower was delicious. I am not an Indian food expert as some here are but I do know what I like and this was wonderful. I also appreciated the ease of the dish.
  2. Maria
    Hi i have read all the comments so I apologize if my question has been answered already. How can I measure the serving sizes? I always end up overeating because I cannot figure out the correct portion size! Thank you
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  3. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Hi i have read all the comments so I apologize if my question has been answered already. How can I measure the serving sizes? I always end up overeating because I cannot figure out the correct portion size! Thank you

    All of our recipes list the number of servings that they make. For casseroles and soups and other items that can reduce as they cook there isn't an accurate way to gauge the actual size of the serving. You can always scale a recipe to change the number of servings that you make at one time.

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  5. Paul
    I agree, it's about simplicity, good flavours to suggest adding ingredients that complements the dish, share with the group.
    Not criticizing recipes. Positive input
    Good job Jill.
    It was good with a bit of cayenne. :))
  6. Lori
    Made this butter chicken tonight and the roasted cauliflower and it was fantastic! Everyone loved it. I will definitely make it again.
  7. Riccardo
    This was very simple and delicious, especially with the seasoned cauliflower as the side instead of rice. I found the flavors to be excellent. I prefer my foods on the mild side which is how I order when dining out with Indian cuisine, so I backed off accordingly with some of the spices and it worked for me. Also I substituted a 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes (drained) for the chopped tomato and 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger for the fresh ginger. All in all it worked great and I'll be keeping this for the future.
  8. Kathleen
    Loved it!
  9. Ronda
    I haven’t had Indian food since starting keto. ~6 months. This was AMAZING! Definitley going on my list of favorite keto recipes.
  10. Catherine
    OK - this recipe has changed my life! LOVED IT! The cauliflower was fragrant and tender. I'm not a Butter Chicken expert - although I do love it. This was such a fabulous approximation. I added a little more tomato paste and garam masala, and rice for the non-Keto kids and husband. Apparently I have to make this every week. Very happy to do so :) Thanks DD!!
  11. Donna Voldock
    It would be helpful if the recipes included the approximate serving size. It's easy to figure out what 6 servings are when it's something more solid like a casserole but a bit harder when it something saucy like this. It would be very easy to overeat something like this. I read the earlier response that there are too many variables to provide the serving size but if that's the case then how can you be sure that the nutritional information per serving is even accurate.
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