Easy Butter Chicken Recipe

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Easy keto butter chicken recipe – a creamy, rich, and delicious chicken dish with creamy curry flavor that everyone loves that is naturally gluten free and low carb!

If you love butter chicken… you’re going to love this recipe and my twist on my favorite Indian food dish – with chicken thighs!

This rustic, hearty butter chicken dish is bursting with creamy curry flavors and lots of fresh garlic and fresh ginger.

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Is There Butter in Butter Chicken

Butter isn’t a traditional part of Indian curries – so many people wonder if there is even butter in butter chicken. Unlike garam masala, or other popular Indian curries, there is actually butter in butter chicken.

While the dish can be made with coconut cream and other non dairy options, butter chicken does often contain butter and heavy whipping cream mixed into the spicy, savory tomato sauce.

Butter chicken isn’t an old dish in Indian cuisine – it was created in the now world renowned Moti Mahal restaurant in Delhi, India when they mixed leftover chicken in a tomato based gravy with butter and cream.

Butter Chicken is now one of the most popular curry dishes in India, and across the world!

Chicken Thighs Butter Chicken Recipe

Traditionally, chicken thighs aren’t used in butter chicken recipes – as they use chunks of chicken breasts, or leftover Chicken Tikka.

I love the rich, savory flavors of butter chicken – but often buy chicken thighs since my husband is on a keto diet and chicken thighs work better into his macros.

Chicken thighs offer a higher fat content for those on a keto diet – and are a much more economical cut of chicken for those on a budget.

This method is in no way traditional – but does bring the flavor of my favorite Indian chicken dish to chicken thighs, for a rich and hearty meal that will blow you away with flavor.

This recipe is built off my Best Baked Chicken Thighs Ever recipe – you will pan sear and then bake the chicken thighs, while making the butter sauce in the pan you browned the chicken on as the chicken thighs bake.

Keto Buter Chicken Recipe

Butter Chicken is an excellent keto friendly dish for those on a keto diet, since the ingredients (like many Indian food favorites) are gluten free and lower in carbohydrates.

This keto Indian chicken recipe is one you will love making over and over again!

I recommend serving this keto butter chicken recipe with my recipe for the Best Cauliflower Rice ever – or with Keto Naan Bread (recipe coming soon!)

Be sure to double check ingredients – make sure you use olive oil and not a vegetable oil, and opt for fresh herbs for the most flavor, where possible.

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Easy Keto Indian Butter Chicken made with chicken breasts.

Easy Butter Chicken Thighs Recipe

Yield: 10

Easy keto butter chicken recipe - a creamy, rich, and delicious chicken dish with creamy curry flavor that everyone loves that is naturally gluten free and low carb!


  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons garam masala
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 3 pounds chicken thighs, on the bone
  • ¼ pound unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 medium-size yellow onions, peeled and diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh diced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 medium-size tomatoes, diced
  • 2 red chiles, like Anaheim, or 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • ⅔ cup chicken stock, low-sodium or homemade
  • 1 ½ cups cream
  • 1/2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • ½ bunch cilantro leaves, stems removed, chopped


  1. Whisk together the lemon juice, turmeric, garam masala and cumin in a large bowl for the chicken thigh marinade.
  2. Put the chicken in the marinade, and make sure it is evenly coated. Cover, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to one day.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. In a large pan over medium heat, melt the butter in the oil until it starts to foam.
  5. Remove chicken from marinade, and quickly brown chicken on all sides.
  6. When chicken is browned, remove pan from heat. Do not clean out pan, we will make sauce in it.
  7. Add chicken to a baking sheet with a metal rack placed over the top and bake until cooked through (when chicken reaches 175 internal temperature with a digital thermometer inserted into the thickest part of thigh (do not touch bone.)
  8. Return pan to medium high heat.
  9. Add the onions, and cook, stirring frequently, until translucent and soft.
  10. Add the cumin seeds, garlic, and fresh ginger and cook until the onions turn lightly brown and are soft - be sure to stir occasionally and don't let garlic burn.
  11. Add the cinnamon stick, tomatoes, chiles and salt, and cook until the chiles are soft, about 10 minutes.
  12. Add chicken stock.
  13. Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, for approximately 30 minutes.
  14. If you prefer a smooth sauce, add to blender and blend completely. While I prefer a slightly textured sauce, my kids prefer it to be very, very smooth. Return back to pan when desired texture is met. Sauce will be very liquid until cream and tomato paste are added.
  15. With heat on low, stir in the cream and tomato paste, and add cooked chicken to pan, tossing to coat in sauce, and let sauce reduce approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
  16. Remove from pan and plate with naan, rice, or riced cauliflower and garnish with the cilantro leaves.
  17. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Yield 10 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 555Total Fat 44gSaturated Fat 20gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 23gCholesterol 239mgSodium 352mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 2gSugar 3gProtein 35g

Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.

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    1. I must say this recipe tastes pretty authentic, and quite like you would get at Indian restaurants. I am indian my self and have tried many many many internet butter chicken recipes, even some from indian chefs, but this one honestly beats them all for me and is now my go to recipe. The ideal way to make it is to blend up the ingredients after cooking for 30 minutes and then adding back chicken. I cook my chicken in foil to keep it extra tender and juicy. You can also add 1/2 tsp kashmiri chili if you can find it while cooking other spices, and a pinch of crushed Kasuri methi leaves at the end when adding the cream if you can find it.
      Thank you for the recipe