Keto Shredded Butter Chicken Low Carb Recipe
Keto Shredded Butter Chicken

Keto Shredded Butter Chicken

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Butter chicken is one of our favorite ways to eat chicken. There are many different variations of this recipe and today we will show you another way to make this low carb and keto friendly.

You can serve this butter chicken with low carb salad, bread, naan or riced cauliflower.

This recipe has many spices which will give the dish an incredible flavor. Feel free to adjust the amount of spices according to your liking, especially the hot spices like chili and ginger. It is very simple to prepare and you will want to try it again and again.

You can use chicken breast or chicken thigh for this recipe. You can grill the chicken, pan fry it or simply cook it in the sauce if you just want a one-pan meal.

We use chicken maryland with skin and bone on. A chicken maryland is a cut of meat that contains both the thigh and the drumstick. It’s also called whole chicken leg. Two large pieces of chicken marryland would weigh approximately 800g or 7oz. Remember, the size and type of chicken meat chosen for this recipe will depend on your choice and your macros.

Normally people will eat the whole chicken thigh but today we decide to try something different.


After the chicken is cooked, we remove the bone and tear it into small pieces. We find that shredded chicken will absorb more flavours from the sauce and taste better. If you don’t want the extra effort, feel free to skip this step. Simply just serve the whole chicken thigh with butter sauce.

To thicken the sauce and make it creamy, we use butter and heavy cream. You can use coconut cream instead of heavy cream too.

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Keto Shredded Butter Chicken

Another keto friendly recipe of a butter chicken that will surely loved by those who are on diet.
Course Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine Indian, Ketogenic, Low Carb
Keyword keto chicken recipe, low card butter chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 246kcal
Author KetoVale Team


Ingredients For The Chicken

  • 2 pieces Whole Chicken Leg (800g)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (for cooking)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 red chili (optional)
  • 1 tsp ginger freshly grated
  • 1 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients for the sauce:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream (or coconut cream)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp ginger freshly grated
  • 1 onion peeled and sliced
  • 2 clove garlic
  • 1 red tomato diced
  • 1 red chili (optional)
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (for topping)
  • salt and pepper to taste


Cooking Chicken Thighs

  • Combine all the ingredients in a bowl (excluding the olive oil) and coat the thighs with the mixed seasonings.
    Marinate chicken legs
  • Pour the olive oil in a large bottom pan. Leave the chicken in the heated pan until golden brown on all sides and cooked through. Alternatively, bake or grill the chicken if desired. When done, transfer to a plate and reserve.

Making the sauce

  • Melt a tablespoon of butter on a hot pan. Sauté the tomatoes, garlic, and red onion with the ginger, chili, cumin seeds, and turmeric for 5 minutes. Let the veggies soften. Pour the water and heavy cream into the pan. Add the remaining butter. Let it boil before removing from the heat.
    Making butter sauce
  • Blend the sauce in a blender to produce a smooth, creamy paste.
    Blend the butter and cream sauce
  • Reheat the sauce in the pan. Gently drop the chicken in the sauce and season with more salt and pepper. Stir occasionally so as not to burn the bottom part. Leave to boil. Set the heat to low and cook for 10 minutes till the sauce thickens.
  • Remove from the heat and serve. If desired, do the extra step below.
  • To serve as shredded rather than whole chicken leg, take out the chicken from the sauce and place on a plate or chopping board. Scrape the meat off the bones using your hands or a fork.
    Shred Chicken Leg Meat
  • Transfer the chicken to a serving plate. Coat with the sauce and top with cinnamon and chopped coriander leaves. Serve with cauliflower rice or salad as a side.


Nutrition Facts
Keto Shredded Butter Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 246 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 13g65%
Cholesterol 59mg20%
Sodium 146mg6%
Potassium 108mg3%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 810IU16%
Vitamin C 24mg29%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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