Keto Butter Chicken, Garlic Naan & Coconut Rice

Keto Butter Chicken, Garlic Naan & Coconut Rice

I am really excited to share this recipe! It has been a while in the making and (in my opinion!) has the perfect combination of spice to recreate your favourite Indian takeaway. We really love Indian food in Australia, and so I just had to make a Keto Butter Chicken recipe.


Enjoy this with my Keto Naan Bread and Keto Coconut Rice for the ultimate Keto friendly feast. You can make this in larger batches and feed a crowd, freeze it or have it for lunches all week.


I had this for lunch the day after finalising the recipe, and the curry flavours continued to develop and became even better – the true sign of a good curry is the next day!


A couple of quick notes on Keto Butter Chicken

  • This is a higher carb meal, so balance this with a low carb menu for the rest of the day to keep your keto going
  •  I use food colouring here to get that deep red colour. This is what takeaway shops do – you can either use red food colouring (choose your brand wisely), or tandoori food colouring, or have a less red butter chicken
  • If you enjoy Indian cooking or other curries, it is worthwhile investing in the spices used in this dish. Using your own spices over a jar of sauce is hugely rewarding, you can tweak any dish to your liking and reduce the carbs massively
  • I highly recommend you marinate the chicken for at least 4 hours, but ideally 24 hours. This will make the flavour much deeper


Ketp Butter Chicken

Keto Butter Chicken

Prepare the chicken and marinade ahead for a deep flavour. The tastiest Keto butter chicken recipe out there - accompanied by garlic naan and coconut rice! 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 507 kcal



  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste or minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste or minced
  • 1/2 cup yoghurt full fat
  • 1 tablesoon olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes optional
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 drop red food colouring
  • 1 drop yellow food colouring
  • 600 grams chicken thigh diced

Butter Chicken Sauce

  • 1/2 brown onion finelay diced
  • 125 grams butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste or minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste or minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 5 cardamom pods
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder optional
  • 1 400 gram tin crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 50 grams almond meal/flour
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 5 drops liquid stevia optional
  • 1 small bunch coriander to serve, optional


  1. Combine the marinade ingredients in a small bowl. Pour over the diced chicken thigh, and marinate for 4 - 24 hours in the fridge, covered. *Note, don't use a white plastic bowl as it will be stained!* 

  2. Measure out your spices in a small bowl excluding the garam masala (this gets added separately)

  3. Place a large, deep frying pan over medium-high heat and add half the butter (approx 65grams) and the chopped onion, crushed garlic and ginger. Saute the onion is lightly browned.

  4. Add the prepared spices (excluding garam masala) and stir to combine. Fry off for 2 - 3 minutes until fragrant. 

  5. Add the marinated chicken and combine with the onion and butter mixture. Continue to cook for 5 - 7 minutes until the chicken is lightly browed and you cannot see any pink bits. 

  6. Add the tin of tomatoes and tomato paste. Stir to combine thoroughly and coat the chicken. 

  7. Simmer for 20 minutes uncovered, stirring occasionally. *Prepare your garlic naan and coconut rice now if you wish* 

  8. Add the almond meal, cream and sweetener and stir to combine. Let simmer for a further 5 minutes until thickened to your liking. 

  9. Serve with coriander, coconut rice and garlic naan for a keto feast!

Nutrition Facts
Keto Butter Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 507 Calories from Fat 405
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 45g 69%
Saturated Fat 22g 110%
Cholesterol 186mg 62%
Sodium 877mg 37%
Potassium 358mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A 26.6%
Vitamin C 4.4%
Calcium 7.3%
Iron 7.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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