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Keto Chicken Tikka Masala – Low Carb Chicken Tikka Masala

Keto chicken tikka masala – This low carb chicken tikka masala is a classic Indian restaurant-style dish that is so rich and flavorful with amazing finger-licking red creamy sauce served over cauliflower rice or any low carb veggies.

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If you aren’t familiar with Indian dishes, don’t worry! I will guide you to make this awesome keto friendly chicken tikka masala from scratch. This recipe can be made in just 20 minutes of cooking time.

Can I Eat Chicken Tikka Masala on Keto?

The traditional chicken tikka masala that I have already shared a year back contains a lot of carbs because of the ingredients and also it is served over white rice or naan bread. A No No on the keto diet!

But the recipe I am sharing today is 100% keto approved and this chicken tikka masala low carb recipe only contains 5 g of net carbs.

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Can I Make This Recipe with Boneless Chicken Thighs?

Yes, you can use boneless skinless chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts and that is what I am using in this recipe, but make sure to trim any excess fat from the thighs before using them.

But believe me if you think that using chicken breasts will dry out and get rubbery, then no, it’s not the case here, the chicken pieces will be so tender, juicy from inside and you will love it. (i have already tried this)

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How To Make This Low Carb Chicken Tikka Masala in Slow Cooker?

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  1. Take a large bowl, add all the marinade ingredients and mix well until well combined.
  2. Add the chicken pieces and mix or until well coated and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  3. Heat a pan over high heat. Add the chicken with the marinade and cook for 4-5 minutes or until charred, stirring and flipping the chicken in between to sear all sides.
  4. Transfer them to the slow cooker (don’t put the marinade sticking to the pan, if any). Add all sauce ingredients, except the cream, stir to combine well. Secure the lid and cook on high for 2 hours.
  5. After its cooked, add the coconut cream and stir to combine until the sauce turns orange.
  6. Done! Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot over a bed of cauliflower rice.

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What to Serve With This Low Carb Chicken Tikka Masala?

This dish is so delicious that I can eat it all alone without any rice or bread but enjoy it with keto naan bread, cauliflower rice, roasted vegetables. spinach, and broccoli.

Low Carb Keto Chicken Tikka Masala

Serves 4


Keto Chicken Tikka Masala (Low Carb)

This restaurant style low carb keto chicken tikka masala is a classic Indian restaurant-style dish that is so rich and flavorful with amazing finger-licking red creamy sauce served over cauliflower rice or any low carb veggies.

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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    Chicken marinade
  • 1 pound chicken thighs boneless & skinless, bite-sized chunks, about 1/2 to 1 inch (or chicken breasts)
  • 2 tbsp sour cream full fat (or full-fat greek yogurt)
  • 1 clove of garlic crushed or minced
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice & zest
  • Salt and pepper, or to taste
  • Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tbsp butter or ghee
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 ginger finely chopped ( about 1 inch)
  • 1 tsp coriander powder (or seeds)
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom pods
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 (15 ounces) can of coconut milk , full-fat (or canned coconut cream / heavy whipping cream)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Fresh coriander leaves for garnishing


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 F degrees
  2. In a large bowl, add all the marinade ingredients and mix well. Add the chicken pieces and coat well with all the spices and cream. Set aside and marinate for at least an hour or two.
  3. Transfer the marinated chicken into the baking tray or wire rack and bake for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet large over medium heat. Add ghee or butter and let it melt, add chopped ginger, onion, coriander powder, and cumin seeds.
  5. Saute for 4-5 minutes, add coconut milk or cream, garam masala, paprika, curry powder, cardamom, salt and pepper. Stir until all the spices are well combined.
  6. Add the tomato paste and stir again. Reduce the heat to low and and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until the sauce thickens and reaches or desired consistency.
  7. Now add the chicken pieces and stir to combine with the sauce.
  8. Turn off the heat, cover and let sit for 5 minutes.
  9. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves or mint and serve with low carb naan bread or cauliflower rice.


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gluten free
egg free
soy free
wheat free
seafood free
treenut free
sesame free
mustard free



295 cal


17 g


8 g


25 g
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