Keto Butter Chicken in the Instant Pot

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Keto Butter Chicken is protein-packed, full of natural spices, and low in carbs and sugar. Plus it's made in an Instant Pot to provide a healthy, lip-smacking dinner in under 30 minutes.

Keto Butter Chicken In The Instant Pot Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter or ghee, divided
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken thighs, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 inch ginger root, grated
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons Garam Masala
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 (13.5oz) can full fat coconut milk

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Indian food is among the most flavorsome in the world and keto butter chicken is a delish example. Despite the healthy twist, the dish promises buttery spices and saucy curry. This flavorful meal makes for a delicious and easy keto dinner.

Butter chicken is synonymous with masalas. The thick gravy, when eaten with cauliflower rice, makes a satiating dish. If you also are a fan of its rich flavors, adapting to a keto diet might feel discouraging. The good news is that in my quest for a fair loophole, I finally found an excellent recipe – keto instant-pot butter chicken.

Despite using these simple ingredients, which are all easy to find in the nearest supermarket, the keto instant pot butter chicken turns out to be creamy and savory. It takes less than 30 minutes to cook this keto dinner recipe. Note that the curry is not hot but is flavorsome and mildly spicy.

a plate with orange butter chicken next to a big bowl of rice

What’s in the Indian Butter Chicken Sauce?

The butter chicken sauce is a creamy mélange of onions, garlic, and ginger. It also uses tomato sauce, coconut milk, and spices such as garam masala, paprika, and coriander. Salt and butter addition is for the taste. You can also add (Kashmiri) chili powder for color. If you feel the curry feels bland, modify the ingredients by adding cumin powder or/and 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice.

a mix of colorful spices on two small plates

Keto Indian Butter Chicken Spices

The Indian butter chicken curry uses a variety of spices to achieve the finger-licking taste. Most of them are a staple to the Indian homestyle cooking. They only add flavor and aroma to the dishes, but also offer amazing health benefits. Here’s a list of spices used in the keto instant-pot butter chicken.

Garam Masala

Garam Masala is an aromatic blend of ground spices. It typically includes cloves, black pepper, cardamom, cumin, mace or nutmeg covering, coriander, red chili powder, and bay leaves. Other spices used to create this flavorsome blend can include bay leaves, star anise or biryani flower, stone flower, poppy seeds, and turmeric.

The presence of these natural spices adds a wealth of health benefits to garam masala. It is known to prevent illnesses like diabetes, cancer, indigestion, and arthritis. The blend also acts as an antioxidant, protects the nervous system, fights oral bacteria, and enhances nutrient absorption.

a bowl with garam masala and a bunch of dried spices piled up


These annual herbs help the keto butter chicken take on a robust floral aroma. Its mellow flavor gives the curry a warm, nutty, and mildly-citrusy twist with notes of sweetness.

Coriander seeds are a source of folate, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and protein. They boast antibiotic properties and aid diarrhea treatment, regulated blood pressure, reduced skin problems, ulcer treatment, better oral hygiene, and reduced cholesterol levels.


Adding paprika powder gives the Indian butter chicken a tempting color without adding much heat to the taste.

Paprika is a rich source of Vitamin E, vital for the production of red blood cells. It also has antibacterial properties, the ability to support healthy digestion, prevent hair loss, and reduce risks of a heart attack.

a bowl of orange powdered turmeric next to a root


This bright yellow spice comes from the ginger family and is used to add color to the dish.

Turmeric is anti-inflammatory, liver detoxifier. It also boosts immunity, controls diabetes, heals wound, kills cancer cells, and aids digestion. Due to its health benefits, it is often used as traditional medicine.


The soapy and musty notes of this spice give a warming flavor to the keto butter chicken.

Often used as a folk medicine, ginger helps with cold, flu, inflammation, muscle pain, and severe indigestion. It also prevents cancer, improves brain function, and prevents nausea.

a bowl of cilantro lime cauli rice next to butter chicken

What to Serve with Keto Butter Chicken?

Although the dish is typically accompanied by naan bread or basmati rice, they don’t make a keto meal. Therefore, to ensure health with taste, you can serve it with a delicious blend of lime and cilantro cauliflower rice.

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  1. Delicious! I’m one month into my keto journey, and learning a lot of new ingredients and cooking methods. This dish, over cauliflower rice, is superb! Yours is my favorite keto recipe website. Thank you for all your help!

  2. This was amazing! I didn’t have all the spices so went with what I did. Thanks for a wonderful new staple recipe!
    Served over cauliflower rice. Amazing.

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