Easy Butter Chicken

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This naturally Low Carb Butter Chicken Recipe is BOMB! I’ve cut out a lot of the unnecessary steps to make this meal easier to prepare without sacrificing flavor.

There are a lot of Butter Chicken recipes out there but so many of them include waaaaay too much butter and will leave you feeling less than terrific after the meal is over. This version is more dependent on spices and the cooking method. It’s all flavor baby….

Served Low Carb Butter Chicken Recipe

Butter chicken is an internationally LOVED dish and so much easier to make than I used to believe. In the interest of respecting your time I won’t go into the history of how this dish came to be. But, if your into that sort of thing you can read about it here….

🥘Ingredients:

Easy Butter Chicken Marinade

  • 24 oz Chicken cut into bite sized pieces

Use boneless, skinless breast or thighs. I like to use breasts in this recipe since it’s served with such a sumptuous sauce.

  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt *full fat – or sour cream

I use sour cream in place of yogurt on the regular because I don’t usually keep yogurt on hand.

Sauce

  • ½ cup onion sliced o
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp ginger about a two inch piece
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon coriander ground
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cumin ground
  • 14 oz Tomatoes diced or crushed
  • 1 tsp red chili powder *to taste – I use a spicy indian chili powder.
  • One tsp salt or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Allulose
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream

For Cooking the Butter Chicken

👩🏾‍🍳How to make the Butter Chicken:

Easy Marinade

  • Cut chicken into bite sized pieces.
  • In a large ziplock bag, combine the yogurt and all of the spices for the marinade. Knead with your hands to combine.Add chicken and knead until all of the pieces are coated. Marinate for at least 30 minutes and overnight if time allows. The longer, the better.

Make the Sauce – this is an nontraditional method that works well:

I don’t know why a lot of recipe developers over complicate the methods. I’m all for it if it makes a taste difference. But in this case, there’s no reason to make this more complicated.

  • Add all of the sauce ingredients EXCEPT ghee and heavy cream to a blender and blitz until smooth. Set aside.
  • Pour the sauce in a medium sauce pan and simmer on medium/low for 10-15 minutes while you start browning the chicken. It will reduce and get deeper in color. Stir occasionally and TASTE it.

Adjusting the seasoning and heat to your liking is all up to you.

Put it together

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet or wok pot over medium/high heat. When the oil shimmers, add chicken pieces.

2. Discard any marinade leftover in the bag.Fry chicken until browned for only few minutes on each side. The point is to get some browning on all of the pieces, not to worry about cooking all the way through. This is important to the flavor.

(Don’t worry, you’ll finish cooking the chicken to perfection in the sauce.)

3. Turn the heat off of the sauce and add the heavy cream and ghee.

4. Pour the sauce and kasoori methi over the top of the chicken and simmer on medium/low, stirring occasionally for another 10 minutes or so until simmering, thickened, hot and cooked through.

5. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve with fresh, hot riced cauliflower or sides of choice.

🍽️Equipment

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📋Tips & FAQ’s:

Can I make this Butter Chicken recipe ahead of time?

Absolutely. The flavors deepen and it keeps well for 3-4 days at least.

But, it’s an easy recipe and if you are PLANNING to make it ahead of time for a busy week coming up, just make the sauce and keep it sealed in a jar until you’re ready to cook.

Can I freeze the sauce if I want to make a big batch?

Yes! You can freeze this sauce and use it when you like. Just don’t forget it’s about it…it’s too good for freezer burn.

For super quick meals on busy days we sometimes use organic Butter Masala Sauce from ThriveMarket. IT’S AMAZING, Keto friendly and you can get 25% off of your first order with them here.

Whats good with the Butter Chicken?

Heavy, distinctive Indian dishes go amazingly well with fruity, tart desserts.

That’s it for the amazing Butter Chicken recipe!

I really hope that you try this recipe soon. You won’t regret it but you might be sad if you wait.

Caution: You are going to want to eat this all the time.

Someone in my house wanted to lick the pan clean…I’ll protect their identity for now but it happened and that isn’t a “thing” that happens at our table on the regular😎.

बाद में फिर मिलेंगे (Catch ya later),

Brandy

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Low Carb Butter Chicken

Low Carb Butter Chicken

Brandy
The Easy Butter Chicken Recipe embodies the distinguished flavors of India without the traditional fuss. This is an addictive recipe and you won't soon forget the warm spices dancing across your tounge. You can bet that your whole family will love this amazing dish and ask for it again.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Marinating time – Miniumum 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 people
Calories 383 kcal

Equipment

Large pan
Chefs Knife

Ingredients
  

Chicken Marinade

  • 24 oz Chicken cut into bite sized pieces – boneless, skinless thighs or breast.
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt *full fat – or sour cream works well too.
  • 2 tsp garlic granulated
  • 1 tsp ginger ground
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin ground
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Sauce

  • ½ cup onion sliced o
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp ginger about a two inch piece
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon coriander ground
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cumin ground
  • 14 oz Tomatoes diced or crushed
  • 1 tsp red chili powder *to taste – I use a spicy indian chili powder.
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Allulose
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream

For Cooking the Chicken

Optional Garnish (Highly Recommended)

Instructions
 

Marinade

  • Cut chicken into bite sized pieces.
    Chicken ready to be cut up
  • In a large ziplock bag, combine the yogurt and all of the spices for the marinade. Knead with your hands to combine.
    Add chicken and knead until all of the pieces are coated and chill in the fridge. Marinate for at least 30 minutes and overnight if time allows. The longer, the better.
    Combined marinade ingredients in a ziplock bag

Make the Sauce – this is an nontraditional method that works well

  • Add all of the sauce ingredients EXCEPT ghee and heavy cream to a blender or food processor and blitz until smooth. Set aside.
    Blended Butter Chicken Sauce
  • Pour the sauce in a medium sauce pan and simmer on medium/low for 10-15 minutes while you start browning the chicken. It will reduce and get deeper in color.
    Pan

Put it together

  • Heat oil in a large skillet or wok pot over medium/high heat. When the oil shimmers, add chicken. Discard any marinade leftover in the bag.
    Fry chicken until browned for only few minutes on each side.Let brown on one side before stirring or flipping.
    The point is to get some browning on all of the pieces and not to worry about cooking all the way through. This is important to the flavor.
    (Don't worry, you'll finish cooking the chicken to perfection in the sauce.)
    Browning butter chicken
  • Turn the heat off of the sauce and add the heavy cream and ghee. Stir until combined.
    Heavy Cream
  • Pour the sauce and kasoori methi over the top of the chicken and simmer on medium/low, stirring occasionally for another 10 minutes or so until simmering, thickened, hot and cooked through.
    Added simmering Chicken and butter sauce
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro or chives and serve with fresh, hot riced cauliflower or other sides. Suggestions in post.
    Served Low Carb Butter Chicken with cauliflower rice

Nutrition

Serving: 8ozCalories: 383kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 14gFat: 33gSodium: 851mgFiber: 2gNet Carbs: 5gFat Ratio per Serving: 77.55%Protein Ratio per Serving: 14.62%Carb Ratio per Serving: 5.22%
Keyword chicken, gluten free
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