No more simmering Low-Carb Butter Chicken Curry all day long – get that unique combination of creaminess and spices that sing, in 30 minutes. No ninja meal prep or knife skills required.


Butter chicken at breakfast?

I’ve been making butter chicken in my slow cooker for years now. I use a great recipe from Planning With Kids and it bubbles away all day long, slowly tenderizing the chicken.

While I love using my slow cooker, sometimes it’s just not practical to get the prep going in the morning. I don’t know about you, but I’m not a huge fan of browning chicken on the stovetop before breakfast. The kids complain that it just doesn’t complement their breakfast cereal!

We don’t have butter chicken as often as my family would like, mainly because I don’t really like cooking dinner at breakfast time.

So I’ve had various attempts at creating a version that can be made in a snap when you get home after work, or after the kid’s tennis lessons. The goal was a creamy butter chicken that would be on the table in 30 minutes AND low-carb.

Quick and easy butter chicken curry

This butter chicken is easy and quick but it’s is also like coming home and curling up in your favorite chair. It’s comforting and nourishing as well as being low-carb. I serve this with either cauliflower rice (bought or home-made) or low-carb noodles.

If you’re following a strict ketogenic or low-carb diet then your macro requirements will help you decide if you can have the cauliflower rice or whether the low-carb noodles is a better option.


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Low-Carb Butter Chicken Curry in a bowl

Quick prep for the Best Low-Carb Butter Chicken Curry

Get your large fry-pan onto medium heat and start by dicing your onions up nice and small. Prep your garlic or used minced garlic if you’ve already been asked “when is dinner going to be ready?” by at least one child.

Before I start cooking, I also like to get all my spices ready and measure them out into a little bowl. That way, I can just dump them into the pan when called for, and not be scrambling around to find a backup jar of cinnamon when I realize that it’s near empty.

When your pan is hot, add the oil and butter at the same time. The oil helps to stop the butter from burning.

Cut up your chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces. You could use chicken thighs here. If using thighs, cut them up into bite-size pieces to ensure that they’ll cook in time, and brown them in the butter and oil. Once browned, remove the chicken thighs from the pan and add the onion and garlic as per the recipe steps.

How to cook Indian butter chicken in 30 minutes

When the oil and butter is melted, add the onions and garlic and cook for a few minutes until the onion is softened and the garlic is fragrant.

Now add the coconut milk (unsweetened), curry paste, tomato paste, yogurt, spices and salt. Mix everything around and turn up the heat.

Spices, chopping onions, adding chicken

Once the mixture is starting to bubble, taste and add more salt if needed.

Now you’re ready to reduce the heat to a simmer and slide in the chicken. Let the chicken simmer away for around 15 minutes or until it is cooked through.

Butter chicken is perfectly paired with rice, however as rice is not low-carb, I usually serve it with cauliflower rice or konjac noodles. Prep some cauliflower rice or the noodles while the chicken is cooking.

Cauliflower rice v white rice

One cup of cooked white rice has 44g of net carbs and next to no fiber.

Swapping cauliflower rice for regular white rice is a far healthier approach as it boasts many powerful health properties, as well as being low-carb.

100g of cauliflower provides the following nutrients¹:

  1. Anti-oxidants
  2. Vitamin C – 46mg (77 percent DV* Daily Value)
  3. Vitamin K – 16mcg (20 percent DV)
  4. Folate – 57 mcg (14 percent DV)
  5. Potassium – 303 mg (9 percent DV)
  6. Vitamin B6 – 0.2 mg (11 percent DV)
  7. Manganese – 0.2mg (8 percent DV)
  8. Fiber 2.5 g

100g of white rice contains small amounts of potassium (35 mg), Fiber (0.4g), calcium, iron, B6 and magnesium.

To learn various ways to make cauliflower rice and learn how to store it – get our recipes here.

Cauliflower rice is also readily available in both fresh,  frozen and pre-packaged varieties.

Cutting the cauliflower into florets


Butter chicken with noodles

If you’re wanting to keep your carbs lower, an alternative is to serve Best Low-Carb Butter Chicken with konjac noodles.

They usually just need to be heated in a bowl of boiling water before serving. I always have a few packets of these in the pantry. They come in noodle shape and rice shape so you can try either. People either love ’em or hate ’em, so give them a try and decide for yourself.


Keto konjac noodle brands to try outside the U.S.A. :

Canada – Nu Pasta

Europe – Zen Pasta

U.K. – Yutaka Shirataki Konjac Noodles

Australia – Slendier Noodles


Best Low-carb Butter Chicken is sure to be a family favorite in your home before long. It packs a huge flavor punch for your 30 minutes. Enjoy with cauliflower rice or konjac noodles and a generous sprinkling of cilantro.


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Low-Carb Butter Chicken Curry in a bow with spices
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Best Low-Carb Butter Chicken Curry

No more simmering Low-Carb Butter Chicken Curry all day long - get that unique combination of creaminess and spices that sing, in 30 minutes. No ninja meal prep or knife skills required.

Course 30 Minute Meal, Dinner
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Indian, Low-Carb
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 27 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 444 kcal
Author Abbie Brooks



  1. Heat butter and oil in a large fry-pan over medium heat.

  2. Add the onion and garlic and cook for a few minutes until fragrant.

    Adding onion to the melted butter
  3. Add coconut milk, curry paste, tomato paste, yogurt, spices, salt and bring to the boil.

    Butter chicken spices
  4. Reduce the heat to low and add the chicken. Simmer for 15 minutes or until cooked through. Prep cauliflower rice or konjac noodles if required.

    Adding chicken to the pan
  5. Serve with cauliflower rice or low-carb konjac noodles.

    Low-Carb Butter Chicken Curry in a bowl with cauliflower rice

Recipe Notes

Best Low-Carb Butter Chicken Curry is inspired by this recipe which I have been cooking for years in the slow-cooker.

Nutritional info does not include cauliflower rice or konjac noodles.

Nutrition Facts
Best Low-Carb Butter Chicken Curry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 444 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 45%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 112mg 37%
Sodium 416mg 17%
Potassium 998mg 29%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 4g
Protein 37g 74%
Vitamin A 19.6%
Vitamin C 12.6%
Calcium 7.4%
Iron 20.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Reader Interactions


  1. This looks amazing! I bet the cauliflower rice soaks up all of that delicious sauce, yum! I’m also not a fan of making dinner first thing in the morning, so that’s a major reason that my slow cooker only comes out for parties.

    • Yes! The cauliflower rice is so tasty when it soaks up the butter chicken sauce. That’s one of the best bits…

  2. I always love your post, they are always so informative. This looks absolutely amazing, can’t wait to try it for dinner.

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