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Keto Chicken Tikka Masala

Take in or fake out - call it what you wish! This is my version of the Indian curry favourite.... keto chicken tikka masala! Packed with flavour and cosy comfort food at its best. Enjoy with a side of cauliflower rice or a fluffy keto naan bread.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Marinating 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 385kcal


  • 5 skinless chicken breasts 750g, diced into 2cm cubes
  • ½ cup plain yogurt 120g
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger grated (6g)
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp each cumin, paprika
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice optional


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 small yellow onion diced (70g)
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger grated (6g)
  • 1 tsp each garam masala, cumin, ground coriander
  • ½ tsp each turmeric, paprika, chili powder
  • 1.5 cups passata sauce (360g)
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¾ tsp golden erythritol (So Nourished) optional
  • water to thin


  • Add the diced chicken to a large bowl with the chicken marinade ingredients and mix to combine. Leave to marinade for at least 15 minutes or ideally overnight, covered in the fridge.
  • Heat 1 tbsp of butter or oil in large non-stick frying pan. Fry the chicken for about 3 minutes per side, or until golden and almost cooked through. About 8 minutes in total. Remove from the pan.
  • Add the remaining 1 tbsp of butter to the pan and fry the onions for 3 minutes on a medium heat until golden. Add the garlic, ginger and spices and fry for 1 more minute until fragrant. Add the passata. Turn the heat down to a simmer and cook for a further 10 minutes or until thick.
  • Add the cream and optional low carb sweeter. Put the chicken back in the pan and cook for about 5 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked through and warm.


Net carbs: 7g per portion. Makes 6 portions of 1 cup each. 
Serve with fresh coriander / cilantro and cauliflower rice or Keto Naan.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 385kcal | Total Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 32.3g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 13.5g | Fiber: 2.1g | Sugar: 5.1g