Butter Chicken (Low Carb, Keto)

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This Indian Butter Chicken is a great low carb choice and delicious main dish.

Butter Chicken (Low Carb, Keto)

Butter Chicken (Low Carb, Keto)

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Marinate: 2 hours

Total Time: 3 hours

Servings: 4



  • 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.

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Butter Chicken (Low Carb, Keto)

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