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keto tikka masala
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Keto Chicken Tikka Masala

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Resting Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: Appetizer, dinner, Lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: diet, Indian, keto
Keyword: chicken, garam masala
Servings: 3
Calories: 445.4kcal


  • Frying Pan


For the Chicken Marinade

For the Curry

  • 1 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 medium Onion, diced
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp Coriander ground
  • 1 tsp Fennel seeds optional
  • 1 tsp Fenugreek, ground optional
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • ½ tsp Turmeric
  • ½ tsp Garam masala
  • ½ tsp Chili powder
  • 1 cup Tomato sauce
  • ½ cup Heavy cream

Optional Toppings

  • Fresh Cilantro (optional)
  • Fresh Coriander (optional)


Marinating the Chicken

  • Combine the following ingredients: Cubed Chicken, Coconut Milk Yogurt, minced garlic & ginger, and garam masala. Mix together well. Let it sit for at least an hour.
    Pro tip: For best results, you can marinate the chicken for 4 hours or overnight.

Browning the Chicken

  • Medium-high heat a frying pan. Wait a couple of minutes for it to warm up. Add in the avocado oil and let it heat up for another minute. You can splash a few drops of water in the pan to test if it's ready. If the oil sizzles, then you can add the pieces of marinated chicken in. Saute each side for about 2-3 minutes or til they become brown. Once brown, move them over to rest on a separate plate. Reduce heat to medium.
    Pro tip: Put the chicken in one by one, make sure there's some space in between them, and once they're on the pan don't move them so they can brown easier. You don't have to do all the chicken at once if your pan is too small. You can do them in batches and don't worry if the chicken isn't cooked all the way. You're just browning it.
    Browning the chicken

Making the Curry

  • In the same pan, add in the ghee. After it melts or heated, add in the diced onions, garlic and ginger. Saute until onion turns golden brown. Add in the spices: Coriander, fennel seeds, fenugreek, cumin, turmeric, garam masala, chili powder. Stir in together with the onion mix for about 30 seconds.
    Note: You're going to notice some burnt parts from browning the chicken. Using your spatula, scrape it off. Do not dispose them. They will give the curry more flavor. Scrape and mix them in with onion.
  • Pour in the tomato sauce. Mix it in with the onion and spices. Saute for about 5 minutes or until onion becomes orange in color.

Simmering Time

  • Finally pour the heavy whipping cream. Add the browned chicken back in. Stir in pan. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes.
    Adding in the heavy whipping cream and chicken
  • Move to bowl, top with fresh cilantro. Enjoy!


Nutrition info is approximate using the sparkpeople.com recipe calculator, and the carb count does not count sugar alcohols. It is your responsibility to check the accuracy of all nutritional facts posted here, especially if you have a medical condition, in which case you should consult with your doctor before using any of the recipes.


Calories: 445.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 12.2g | Protein: 23.7g | Fat: 33.3g | Saturated Fat: 15.7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10.2g | Cholesterol: 184.8mg | Sodium: 701.2mg | Potassium: 172.2mg | Fiber: 3.4g | Sugar: 5.7g