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Keto Indian Butter Chicken

By Jason Fung, MD

Keto Indian Butter Chicken

Known as Makhan murg, this dish from India’s capital, Delhi, was invented as a way to repurpose leftover Tandoori chicken, reviving it by drenching it in luxurious, fragrant, creamy-buttery sauce. Recipe from Keto-Mojo
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dinners + Mains
Cuisine American, Asian, Indian
Servings 4
Calories 572 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt full-fat
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 lb chicken thighs boneless, skinless, cut into 1-inch thick strips
  • 6 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tbsp ginger fresh, grated
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 Roma plum tomato diced
  • 2 Serrano peppers seeded and minced
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup almonds toasted, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro fresh, leaves

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl with a lid, add the yogurt, lemon juice, turmeric, garam masala, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Whisk to combine, then add the chicken and toss to coat. Cover, and refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight.
  • In a large saucepan, melt the ghee over medium heat. Add the ginger, cumin seeds, onion powder, garlic powder, and chili powder and cook, stirring often, until golden and fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, Serrano pepper, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook until the tomatoes and chiles soften, about 3 minutes. Add the chicken and its marinade and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup water. Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer, and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.
  • Stir in the cream and tomato paste, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened up a bit more, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the almonds, garnish with the cilantro leaves, and serve.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Keto Indian Butter Chicken
Amount per Serving
Calories
572
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
49
g
75
%
Saturated Fat
 
22
g
138
%
Cholesterol
 
175
mg
58
%
Sodium
 
140
mg
6
%
Potassium
 
515
mg
15
%
Carbohydrates
 
10
g
3
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Protein
 
24
g
48
%
Vitamin A
 
851
IU
17
%
Vitamin C
 
7
mg
8
%
Calcium
 
115
mg
12
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword American, Asian, Dinners + Mains
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Jason Fung, MD

By Jason Fung, MD

Jason Fung, M.D., is a Toronto-based nephrologist (kidney specialist) and a world leading expert in intermittent fasting and low-carb diets.

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