Keto Chicken Tikka Masala

Keto Chicken Tikka Masala

Keto chicken tikka masala are small boneless pieces of chicken marinated in spices and yogurt and baked then cooked in a creamy curry. This is one of my favorite dishes and goes great with cauliflower rice or my keto garlic naan. The history of this dish is interesting and controversial. There is no doubt chicken tikka originated in India, but many sources say that chicken tikka masala originated in Scotland. Where ever it originated it is delicious. The dish is inherently keto friendly, but I used ingredients to further decrease the carbs better fit for the keto lifestyle. This recipe consists of first making the chicken tikka, then taking it and cooking it in a curry on the stove top.

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Keto Chicken Tikka Masala

Keto Chicken Tikka Masala Instructions

Marination

In a bowl add 1 1/2 lbs of boneless chicken cubes, 1/2 tbsp dried crushed fenugreek leaves, 1/2 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp yogurt,1/2 tsp turmeric, 1 tbsp chili powder, 1 tbsp tandoori masala, 1/2 tbsp ginger paste, 1/2 tbsp garlic paste, 1/2 tbsp olive oil and 1/2 tsp salt. Then mix well and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Air Fry/Bake Keto Chicken Tikka

Preheat oven to 375°F if going to use oven to bake chicken. Otherwise, fill chicken in a single layer in Air Fryer. Then Air Fry at 375°F for 18-20 minutes flipping halfway through. If baking in oven, bake at 375°F for 20-22 minutes, flipping halfway through. Set aside

Keto Chicken Tikka Masala

In a blender bowl add 1/2 roughly chopped onions and 1/2 roughly chopped tomotoes. Then blend until a smooth paste and set aside. Heat pan on stove on medium heat Then add 2 tbsp olive oil. Then add 1/2 tsp cumin seeds. Next, add the onion and tomato paste blended earlier and stir. Then add 1 tsp garlic pate and 1 tsp ginger paste and stir. Then add 1/2 tsp coriander powder, 1/2 tsp cumin powder, 1 tsp garam masala and 1/2 tsp turmeric and mix well. Add 1/4 cup water and mix well. Then add 1/2 tbsp ketchup. Then add 1/2 tsp monk fruit sweetener. Add 1/2 tsp salt (adjust to taste). Then add 1 cup heavy whipping cream and mix well. Then add 1 tbsp of crushed fenugreek leaves and mix well. Garnish with 1 tbsp chopped cilantro.

Enjoy with riced cauliflower or keto friendly naan, paratha or roti!

NOTES

  • I use Shan Tandoori masala powder.  You can use any brand of tandoori masala.  These are available at any Indian grocery store.  If you do not have it available substitute with 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder, 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp black pepper powder, 1/2 tsp coriander powder, 1/2 tsp garam masala and 1/2 tsp monk fruit sweetener.
keto chicken tikka masala

Chicken Tikka Masala

A keto chicken tikka masala recipe made of small boneless cubes of chicken marinated with spices and yogurt that is cooked in a curry.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Marination: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: chicken tikka, chicken tikka masala, keto, keto chicken tikka masala, keto recipes, low carb, low carb chicken tikka masala, low carb recipes
Servings: 6
Calories: 293.5kcal
Net Carbs: 4.5g

Equipment

Ingredients

Masala

Instructions

Marination

  • In a bowl add 1 1/2 lbs of boneless chicken cubes, 1/2 tbsp dried crushed fenugreek leaves, 1/2 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp yogurt,1/2 tsp turmeric, 1 tbsp chili powder, 1 tbsp tandoori masala, 1/2 tbsp ginger paste, 1/2 tbsp garlic paste, 1/2 tbsp olive oil and 1/2 tsp salt.
    chicken tikka marinade ingredients
  • Then mix well and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
    chicken tikka marinade

Air Fry/Bake Keto Chicken Tikka

  • Preheat oven to 375°F if going to use oven to bake chicken.
  • Otherwise, fill chicken in a single layer in Air Fryer.
  • Then Air Fry at 375°F for 18-20 minutes flipping halfway through. If baking in oven, bake at 375°F for 20-22 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • Set aside
    chicken tikka done

Masala

  • In a blender bowl add 1/2 roughly chopped onions and 1/2 roughly chopped tomotoes.
    tikka masala - onion tomato
  • Then blend until a smooth paste and set aside.
    tikka masala - tomato onion paste
  • Heat pan on stove on medium heat
  • Then add 2 tbsp olive oil. Then add 1/2 tsp cumin seeds.
    tikka masala - cumin seeds
  • Next, add the onion and tomato paste blended earlier and stir.
    tikka masala - onion tomato paste
  • Then add 1 tsp garlic pate and 1 tsp ginger paste and stir.
    tikka masala - garlic ginger pastes
  • Then add 1/2 tsp coriander powder, 1/2 tsp cumin powder, 1 tsp garam masala and 1/2 tsp turmeric and mix well.
    Spices
  • Add 1/4 cup water and mix well.
    tikka masala - water
  • Then add 1/2 tbsp ketchup.
    tikka masala - ketchup
  • Then add 1/2 tsp monk fruit sweetener.
    tikka masala - monk fruit
  • Add 1/2 tsp salt (adjust to taste).
    tikka masala - salt
  • Then add 1 cup heavy whipping cream and mix well.
    tikka masala - heavy whipping cream
  • Then add 1 tbsp of crushed fenugreek leaves and mix well.
    tikka masala - fenugreek
  • Garnish with 1 tbsp chopped cilantro.
    Keto Chicken Tikka Masala cilantro garnishing

Notes

  • I use Shan Tandoori masala powder.  You can use any brand of tandoori masala.  These are available at any Indian grocery store.  If you do not have it available substitute with 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder, 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp black pepper powder, 1/2 tsp coriander powder, 1/2 tsp garam masala and 1/2 tsp monk fruit sweetener.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25lbs | Calories: 293.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.9g | Protein: 12.1g | Fat: 24.9g | Saturated Fat: 11.8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 95.6mg | Sodium: 765.3mg | Potassium: 233.2mg | Fiber: 1.4g | Sugar: 1.4g | Vitamin A: 1337.7IU | Vitamin C: 4.3mg | Calcium: 55.1mg | Iron: 1.4mg | Net Carbs: 4.5g
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