Keto chicken Garam masala

Keto chicken Garam masala

Meet your new favorite spice blend! Garam masala makes every meal sing with earthy, punchy flavors. Throw in silky coconut cream, sweet bell peppers and chicken, and you’ll want to make this keto dish over, and over, again. And then over again!

Keto chicken Garam masala

Meet your new favorite spice blend! Garam masala makes every meal sing with earthy, punchy flavors. Throw in silky coconut cream, sweet bell peppers and chicken, and you’ll want to make this keto dish over, and over, again. And then over again!
4 servingservings


  • 25 oz. 650 g chicken breastchicken breasts
  • 3 tbsp 3 tbsp butter or ghee
  • salt
  • 1 1 red bell pepper, finely dicedred bell peppers, finely diced
  • 1¼ cups 300 ml coconut cream or heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
Garam masala
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 - 2 tsp 1 - 2 tsp coriander seed, ground
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp ground cardamom (green)
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp turmeric, ground
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 pinch 1 pinch ground nutmeg


You can buy ready-made Garam Masala in the grocery store (about 2 1⁄2 tablespoons). Just make sure that the spice mix is sugar and additive free.


Instructions are for 4 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Mix the spices for Garam masala.
  3. Cut the chicken breasts lengthwise. Place a large skillet over medium high heat and fry the chicken in butter until golden brown.
  4. Add half the garam masala mix to the pan and stir thoroughly.
  5. Season with salt, and place the chicken, including the juices, in a baking dish.
  6. Finely chop the bell pepper and add that to a small bowl along with the coconut cream and remaining garam masala mix.
  7. Pour over the chicken. Bake in oven for about 20 minutes.
  8. Garnish with parsley and serve.


Not in the mood for chicken? Use lamb or pork instead.

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  1. Jennifer Burke
    I didn't see the measurements for sour cream in the recipe but it says to add it in the instructions. How much should I use? I followed another similar recipe and did 5 1/2 tablespoons!
  2. Jamie
    How do I find the nutrition facts?
    I really want to try this recipe, but I NEED to know the calorie count, carbs, fats and protein.
    Replies: #53, #71, #78
  3. Peter Biörck Team Diet Doctor
    Hi Jamie!

    We don't want to promote to much "counting" that's why we only have the carbs in gram.

    But If you feel that this is important to you then use the formula below to calculate, a bit complicated though. ;-)

    (%PROTEIN / %CARB) * gram_CARB = gram_PROTEIN

    (%FAT / %CARB) * 4/9 * gram_CARB = gram_FAT

    gram_CARB * 4 + gram_PROTEIN*4 + gram_FAT*9 = CALORIES

    How do I find the nutrition facts?
    I really want to try this recipe, but I NEED to know the calorie count, carbs, fats and protein.

  4. Wayne
    Is the chili powder in the recipe ground chili or chili powder that contains spices such as garlic and oregano, usually used for making chili and Mexican food?
  5. Danny Lee
    LOL. I'm on day three of a water fast, so you'd think looking at all of these amazing recipes would be hell, but I'm actually thoroughly enjoying looking at some awesome future meals! THANKS!!!
  6. Margaret
    Any chance you might compile all these recipes into an affordable/discounted Diet Doctor Recipe Book for members?
  7. Allison
    I made this recipe with several changes. I added green onion, tomato, and a bit of chicken broth. Instead of baking, I simmered it on the stove for a good 1/2 hour. It turned out soooooo good!
  8. Redsnapperuk
    Made this tonight - Day 1 of our Keto journey (me and hubby) and the family loved it! Looking forward to cooking up more amazing meals from this awesome website! Thank you x
  9. Paula
    Had this tonight loved it!! I had it with prawns and my daughter had it with chicken, added spinach to get that bit of extra veg in and added more spice and was absolutely gorgeous! I used single cream and cut the chicken into small pieces and fried it in a wok first with the pepper then I added the cream and let it thicken, then poured it all into a dish with the spinach and let just keep warm in the oven and make sure the chicken was cooked through, I added fresh prawns aswell
  10. James
    Do you think that if I swapped out the garam masala, for lets say a vindaloo spice blend that it would work? I like this dish but i prefer my curry much, much hotter ;)
    Reply: #61
  11. John
    Do you have a vindaloo spice recipe?
  12. John
    The recipe was pretty good. I think I'll add in some tomatoes and onions next time.
  13. Angel
    This was good, but I made some changes. I thought coconut cream would be gross in this (too sweet), so I subbed coconut milk (as suggested by a previous reviewer), which was perfect! It also seemed ridiculous to heat up the oven and bake this in another pan, so I just added everything to the chicken after browning it, covered it and cooked on low for about 20 mins. Delicious and no need to dirty additional dishes! Served with some bok choy and cauliflower rice to soak up the delicious sauce. Next time, I might try cooking uncovered for a few mins at the end to see if the sauce thickens slightly.
  14. DeLila
    I am really new at this..........where in the world do the 6 carbs come from?
  15. Pauline
    When I first tried this recipe it used sour cream - why the change to heavy cream / coconut cream?
  16. Maryana
    I used Greek yoghurt instead, it doesn't smell like garam massala. But it tastes very nice, and looks so much better then the one I am used to! And I KNOW what is inside of it! Thanks a lot!
  17. William
    Super good especially to sauce which is thick and delicious with the chicken. A great main dish for company. Will make this a lot
  18. Heather
    Can someone tell me do I use ALL the Garam Masala this tells me to make up? there is no amount in the Ingredients list? thanks
    Reply: #74
  19. Michelle
    Has anyone tried this with pork? Do the flavors work together? Thanks
  20. Ryan
    How do I keep the coconut cream thick when baking? Mine just melts.
  21. Jeffrie Story
    You will also see on the left side of the page the word Nutrition. Click the + sign and the macros will appear. Slick.
  22. Chassidy R
    Made this tonight with a few modifications and we really liked it. I cut the chicken into cubes, I used a combination of coconut milk and heavy cream, I added onions, and I also did not put it in the oven. When I added the liquid, I just put a top on the skillet and let it simmer about 30 minutes. I also used store bought garam masala seasoning. Will definitely make again.
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  24. Maria
    You don't Jamie!!! It's not that kind of diet and you need more than anything to enjoy eating not doing a pile of maths for everything you eat. Just count carbs as is recommended and keep it simple. Good luck!
  25. Helen
    Very tasty, will make again. Portion size was rather small though so feel it needs the low-carb nan. Didn't have the ingredients for it this time.
  26. jeff
    Very tasty. Used coconut milk for the cream. The second day the sauce thickens nicely and it is flavorful enough to enjoy cold if you box some up for lunch. Great over spinach. I fix up a big casserole dish so I have meals prepped all week.

    If you need exact nutritional info... I suppose you could enter the ingredients of the recipe into one of those food tracker websites like (was free last I checked) that compile it for you.

  27. Anna
    Winner winner chicken dinner! Five stars from me....I loved it & the kids loved it :)
    Served it with the garlic naan recipe from this site - delicious!
  28. Francoise
    Hi Jamie,
    At the bottom of the left column you will see “Nutrition” with a + sign. Press the plus sign and you will get the nutritional values,
  29. January
    I just made this but I didn’t have any cardamom. I used coconut milk instead of cream and chicken thighs instead of breasts. I also added a tiny bit of curry powder. I served it with fried cabbage. My family was in heaven! It was sooooo good!!!
  30. Amanda
    Made this for the first time. Loved it. I was a little suspicious taking it out of the oven, the oil from the coconut cream had separated, still it was very good. Served with Keto Naan (I still need to work on that). My non-Keto peeps had it on rice. Everyone happy.
  31. Jo
    Do u need to whip the cream first or does it thicken when cooking?
    Reply: #82
  32. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor
    It thickens as it reduces during cooking.
  33. Jesse
    Hi, this looks really good.
    It says it has 6g carbs per serving but the only thing with carbs in there is the 1/4 bell pepper, which is 1g of carbs. Where do all the other carbs come from?
    Reply: #84
  34. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor
    Coconut cream/whipping cream has carbs, as do all of those spices. They can add up quickly!
  35. karen
    a quck note about garam masala: there are two kinds one for poultry and meats and another for fish and vegetables. Neither uses tumeric which is added to your dish later for colour more than taste. I make my own plus a more generic curry powder with tumeric.
  36. Charnaé
    Tried this for the first time and it was delicious! I used coconut cream and expected more of a sauce (as seen in the pic) but mine didn't have that much sauce. Not sure if changing the servings to 2 had anything to do with it. Had it with the cauli rice which was so yummy! Looking forward to tomorrow's lunch :)
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