Keto Chicken Curry
This Keto Chicken Curry is an incredibly creamy keto coconut curry with juicy chicken tikka masala pieces, aromatic Indian spices, and only 5.4 grams of net carbs per serving.
This keto coconut curry recipe will turn your home into an Indian restaurant and all your family will enjoy it!
What’s A Keto Chicken Curry?
A Keto Chicken Curry is a keto Indian meal made with juicy boneless chicken thighs cooked in fragrant Indian spices and tomato creamy Masala sauce.
What Is Masala Sauce?
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, and cilantro and it’s the combination of all these spices that makes this Masala sauce flavorsome.
Are Indian Curries Keto-Friendly?
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 the carbs in keto Indian curry recipes.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
This recipe is one of my go-to Indian Keto recipes, it’s also:
- Keto-Friendly (5.4g of net carbs)
- Vegetarian Option
- Vegan Option
How To Make Keto Chicken Curry
This Keto Curry with Masala spices is very easy to make and your whole family will enjoy it.
The trick to making the best keto curry with chicken is to first marinate the meat with acidic food like lime or lemon juice and yogurt.
Marinating the meat
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!
Meat Marinade Ingredients
So the best way to marinate chicken for a keto curry recipe is to combine your chicken pieces along with:
- Chicken Breast – I prefer free-range organic chicken. Slices the breast into small cubes. If you like chicken, try my other keto chicken recipes.
- Lemon juice – did you know you don’t need a juicer to get all the juice of a lime? Read my simple instructions to juice a lime with just a fork!
- Dairy-free coconut yogurt – this has no lactose so no sugar and it is made of 100% coconut cream and probiotics which results in a very low-carb high-fat base for a keto meat marinade. Other options are heavy cream or full-fat unsweetened yogurt.
- Cilantro – Also known as coriander
- Garam Masala – a delicious curry powder.
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 for meal prepping for your next day’s keto meal.
Baking The Chicken
The next day, bake the chicken on a large baking dish in 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.
Preparing The Keto Curry Paste
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:
- Coconut Oil – coconut oil is one of the healthiest oils.
- Onion – the small quantity of onion used is fine for a keto diet.
- Garlic – mince it and crush it under the blade of your kitchen knife.
- Tomato Paste – even though tomatoes aren’t the lowest-carb vegetable, adding a small quantity to this recipe doesn’t affect the carbs much.
- Garam Masala – garam masala is a delicious blend of spices. You can find it in your local Indian grocery.
- Cilantro – also known as coriander.
- Chilli flakes – only if you want your keto curry spicy!
- Salt and Pepper
- Almond flour or almond meal – this is the keto-approved thickener in your keto curry recipe! No cashews or starch only low-carb almond flour.
Cooking The Curry Paste
When the paste is fragrant and unsticks from the sides of the pan, it is time to create the curry sauce by adding:
- Water or chicken stock
- Crushed canned tomatoes – make sure there is no sugar added in the ingredient list
Bring to a gentle boil for a few minutes until the chicken is baked and ready to go in the sauce.
Bring the meat back to the pan
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.
Serving Keto Chicken Curry
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.
You can store this keto chicken curry in the fridge for up to 3 days in an airtight container.
This curry can also be frozen in an airtight container for up to 1 month.
Defrost the keto chicken curry the day before by leaving your curry in the fridge.
Then, rewarm it in a saucepan under medium heat or in a microwave for your work lunch.
It can be defrosted and warmed up in the same container that you used to freeze the curry. Make sure it’s a microwave-proof container.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Make A Keto Vegetarian Curry Recipe?
Yes, you can use this recipe to make a vegetarian keto curry.
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 6 grams of net carbs per 100 grams, which can be approved on a low-carb diet plan but not on keto.
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.
Can I Use Another Meat?
Yes, you can replace the chicken with pork or a beef cut like a flank.
Is Indian Chicken Curry Keto?
No, most chicken curries you can buy in Indian restaurants are not keto-friendly. The sauce is often made with sugar and high-sugar vegetables.
More Keto Dinner Recipes
If you like simple keto dinner recipes, you’ll love these:
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Keto Chicken Curry
Want My Kitchen Equipment?
- 28 oz Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs diced
- ½ cup Coconut Yogurt or regular full-fat yogurt or heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons Lime Juice
- 2 small Garlic Cloves minced
- 1 tablespoon Ground Cilantro
- 1 tablespoon Minced Ginger
- 1 tablespoon Ground Turmeric
- 1 tablespoon Ground Garam Masala
- 1 tablespoon Ground Cumin
Curry Indian Masala paste
- 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil or vegetable oil of your choice
- ¼ cup Onion finely diced
- 2 cloves Garlic Clove finely chopped
- 3 tablespoons Tomato Paste
- 1 piece Fresh Ginger
- 1 teaspoon Ground Garam Masala
- 2 teaspoons Ground Cumin
- 1 teaspoon Ground Cilantro
- ¼ teaspoon Chilli Flakes optional adjust to taste
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- 3 tablespoons Almond Flour or ground almonds
- 13.5 fl.oz Crushed Tomatoes (1 can)
- ½ cup Water
- 1 cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk warm, microwave 1 minute
- ¼ cup Fresh Cilantro optional
Marinate the chicken
- In a small mixing bowl, place the diced chicken, yogurt, lime, garlic, and add all the marinade spices. Toss until all pieces are well coated with the yogurt marinade. Set aside in the fridge – the longer the better I like to keep it for 1 hour in the fridge. Meanwhile, prepare the sauce.
- Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C), broil mode.
Meanwhile, prepare the healthy Tikka Masala sauce
- In a large frying pan, under medium heat melt the coconut oil. Add the onion and fry for 2-3 minutes until slightly brown and fragrant. Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
- Stir in all the spices: ginger, garam masala, cumin, cilantro, chili (if used), salt, and ground almond. Cook for 1 minute until it forms a paste. Remove from heat. Set aside.
- Add the tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, and water, and bring the sauce to a boil. Reduce to low heat, cover partially and simmer the sauce until slightly thickened, about 15 minutes.
Bake the marinated chicken
- Place the marinated chicken on a baking tray. Slightly spray the tray with olive oil to prevent the chicken from sticking to the tray. Broil for 15–20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through/charred. Make sure you stir the chicken pieces a few times while cooking to cook each side properly.
Prepare the Tikka Masala
- When the chicken is baked transfer into the pan with the sauce. Return to medium heat and stir in the hot coconut milk.
- Cover with a lid and simmer on medium heat for 5 more minutes or until the sauce is thick.
- Stir in fresh coriander before serving if you like.
- Serve hot with brown rice or cauliflower rice for a low-carb dinner.
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If was really good, if I make it again I’ll add more coconut flavor m, extra ginger and take out a little of the tomato sauce
The nutritional information doesn’t help me as I don’t know how many “servings” this recipe makes. How much is a serving, containing the nutrients you list (that is, how many servings in the recipe)? 4 or 6, maybe?
The recipesize of any recipe on the blog appears on top of the recipe card. The nutrition panel is for one serving. For this curry, it says on top of the recipe serve 8. Enjoy, XOXO Carine
Can the almond flour be replaced with something else? Allergy to almonds and nuts sadly. Love the recipes btw!
You use coconut flour or arrow root flour
The recipe doesn’t use any of these flour, I am using almond flour.
You can use sunflower seed flour or sesame flour instead. Enjoy! XOXO Carine
Can I add to my review, I had left overs the next day and it was even better. A delicious curry dish worth the effort. Making it Friday for Saturdays meal. Thanks a million.
I am very happy to read your review on my keto curry recipe ! Thanks for sharing. XOXO Carine
Lovely curry, a bit of work involved as you cook the Quorn (vegetarian) in the oven but it tasted very nice.
Happy to see that qorn taste good in the recipe. I agree that it take a bit of time to bake the marinated chicken (or quorn), but it definetly make all the difference in taste ! Enjoy, XOXO Carine
Hi, would the recipe work with chicken breast rather than chicken thighs?
Sure, it is simply less juicy. Enjoy! XOXO Carine
This was an amazing recipe!!!! Yes it was time consuming but it was so worth it! Thank you so much!
Great! I glad you love it ! Enjoy the recipes on the blog, XOXO Carine.
Thanks for the recipe! I’m excited to make it but I don’t have almond meal. Would flaxseed meal or almond flour be good alternatives?
Yes sure, almond flour will work but I won’t use flaxmeal it will make the sauce too slimy. Enjoy, XOXO Carine.
Made this tonight for my husband and he loved it. I used soy yogurt, low-fat UHT coconut milk and opted for fresh parsley instead of fresh coriander since we’re not too big on that. Need to make the vegan version next time so I can eat my fair share too 🙂 thanks for the recipe!
Yeah ! I love when hubby is on board with healthy food. Not everyone appreciate the flavor of coriander indeed so parsley is a great swap. You will love making this with tofu or even try roasted eggplant that is amazing. XOXO Carine.
It was an interesting dish, really easy to make and restaurant-like result. Nevertheless, personally, I did not get the satisfaction I was looking for. Definitely, a recipe that I will play with by changing either the spices or the meat because it is a really every-day-kitchen-skills plate.
Hi, This looks yummy! Just curious…Is there spinach in the one pictured here?
HAHA yes well spotted! I did not mention it in the recipe because it is an extra tweak I give to the recipe to make my kids eat there greens. I just added a handful of spinach at the end, stir and cook until soft like 2-3 extra minutes. It is very optional, just like the extra greens ! Enjoy. XOXO Carine.
I love your curry recipe Carine! I hate soaking cashews to make a creamy nut curry – time consuming- almond meal was the best alternative. Plus it is not too spicy the kids love it too.
I am making it right now and it smells wonderful in my house. The recipe is very easy, I used tofu instead of chicken to make it vegan. Thanks for the lovely recipe Carine.
Thanks Myriam ! I love the tofu option too. I am glad you love this simple indian curry recipe. See you soon on the blog, xoxo, Carine.
Made it twice already and just wanna say how easy and tasty was this curry. Thanks for sharing!
I am vegan so I made it with tofu instead of chicken. Turn out great!