This keto chicken curry is an incredibly creamy keto coconut curry with juicy chicken pieces, aromatic Indian spices, and only 5.4g net carbs per serve. This keto coconut curry recipe will turn your home into an Indian restaurant and all your family will enjoy it!
Masala sauce is an Indian curry sauce made of tomato puree, cream, and lots of Indian spices including turmeric and garam masala that turn the sauce orange. Other delicious spices in Masala sauce are garlic, cumin, cilantro and it’s the combination of all these spices that makes this Masala sauce flavorsome.
A keto curry chicken Masala is a keto Indian meal made with juicy boneless chicken thighs cooked in fragrant Indian spices and tomato creamy Masala sauce.
Not all Indian curry recipes are keto-friendly. Some fast-food Indian curry sauces include sugar and even in good quality Indian restaurants, the sauce is thickened with cashews. Unfortunately, cashews are higher in carbs than other nuts and often raise up carbs in keto Indian curry recipes.
Keto curry with Masala spices is very easy to make and your whole family will enjoy it. The trick to make the best keto curry with chicken is to first marinate the meat with acidic food like lime or lemon juice and yogurt.
This is an important step to make a flavorsome keto curry with tender meat. The longer you soak the chicken pieces into the marinade the more flavorsome the curry will be. Plus, the tenderer and juicier the chicken will be too! So the best way to marinate chicken for a keto curry recipe is to combine your chicken pieces along with:
Since your keto curry will taste even better if it marinates longer, you can make this step the day before and leave the meat in the fridge overnight. It is perfect to meal prep your next day’s keto meal.
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The next day, bake the chicken on a large baking dish on broil mode. Turn the chicken pieces very often to broil all sides. Another tasty way to cook chicken for a keto curry is to barbecue the meat! If you have a barbecue, I highly recommend that option. The chicken will taste like Indian tandoori chicken.
While the chicken bakes, prepare your creamy keto curry Masala sauce. All you have to do is fry the tomato paste in coconut oil along with all the spices. The curry paste is what makes the curry sauce bursting in flavors so try to stick to all the spices listed below to achieve the best balance of flavors. All you need are:
When the paste is fragrant and unsticks from the sides of the pan, it is time to create the curry sauce by adding:
Bring to a gentle boil for a few minutes until the chicken is baked and ready to go in the sauce.
It is time to combine the flavors by adding your grilled chicken pieces into the Masala sauce. This is a keto coconut chicken curry sauce so to make the sauce creamy, I used full-fat coconut milk from a can in this recipe.
Always warm the coconut milk before adding it to the pan to ensure a super-creamy curry sauce. Another option is to use heavy cream or canned coconut cream. These two options provide an even creamier keto curry sauce.
Yes, you can use this recipe to make a vegetarian keto curry. Simply swap the meat with tempeh or tofu. Now you are probably wondering if you can also use paneer, a popular Indian cheese used in curry recipes. Is paneer keto-friendly? No, it is not as it contains 6g net carb per 100g which can be approved on a low-carb diet plan but not on keto.
The best keto curry sides are fried cauliflower rice to replace the carb-loaded rice usually served at the restaurant. Another option is to make my keto naan bread recipe
Of course, if your family is not on a keto diet, serve brown rice on the side for them, it will be a healthy choice and you can all enjoy the same meal with love.
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