butter chicken

“Keto-Licious Butter Chicken: A Low-Carb Indulgence”

Butter chicken

Butter chicken is also known as makhani murgha or murgh makhani. It is a famous dish originally originating from the Punjab region. It is prepared by cooking tandoori chicken in a creamy gravy of butter and curd. Its taste is sweet, salty and strong.

Believe it or not butter chicken can be a part of keto diet. So let’s see how can we create this beautiful dish.


  • 500 grams chicken
  • 2 tbsp ghee/butter
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • grind 2 tomatoes
  • 1 cup curd
  • salt as per taste
  • Green chilli and coriander for garnishing


Marinating the Chicken:

  • Place the chicken pieces in a bowl.
  • Add salt and black pepper powder to it and mix well.
  • Marinating chicken improves its taste and the spices penetrate deep inside. It can be marinated for half an hour.

Roasting the Chicken:

  • Heat ghee/butter in a pan.
  • Add the marinated chicken pieces to the pan.
  • Fry the chicken until it turns golden. This will allow the juice of the chicken to soak inside.

Adding spices:

  • Put the roasted onion in the pan and fry it.
  • When the onion starts frying, add red chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala and coriander powder.
  • Fry these spices for some time so that they get good taste.


  • Garnish the butter chicken with chopped green chillies and green coriander leaves.
  • Serve it hot with naan, roti or rice.

Nutritional Value of Butter Chicken:

The amount of nutrients present in a typical serving (150 grams) of butter chicken is as follows:

  •  Calories: Around 500-600 calories
  •  Protein: 25-30 grams
  •  Fat: 30-35 grams (of which saturated fat accounts for about 15-20 grams)
  •  Carbohydrates: 20-25 grams
  •  Fiber: 2-3 grams
  •  Vitamin A: 10-15% RDA
  •  Vitamin C: 15-20% RDA
  •  Calcium: 4-6% RDA
  • Iron: 10-15% RDA

Butter chicken is rich in protein as it contains chicken. It also contains high amounts of fat and calories as it is made from butter/ghee and curd.

Benefit of eating chicken

Source of energy:

Vitamin B-3, B-6 and B-12 are found in chicken which provide energy to the body.

Strong bones:

Phosphorus and niacin are found in chicken which help in strengthening bones.

Muscle development:

The proteins and amino acids found in chicken are helpful in muscle development.

Improves digestion:

The protein and abundant water present in chicken are helpful in improving digestion.

Helpful in weight loss:

Due to the high protein content in chicken, it helps in reducing appetite, which helps in the weight loss process.

Low calorie:

Chicken breast part is low in calories, which can be included in weight loss diet.

Good source of protein:

Chicken is rich in protein which is important for body growth and muscle building.

Good for heart health:

The protein and vitamin B-6 present in chicken help reduce the risk of heart disease.


Q: What is Butter Chicken?

A: Butter Chicken is a famous Indian dish in which chicken pieces are cooked in a creamy, spicy and delicious butter/ghee gravy.

Q: How long does it take to make butter chicken?

A: It may take about 45 minutes to 1 hour to make butter chicken.

Q: What is butter chicken served with?

A: Butter chicken is usually served with naan, roti, parantha, paratha or rice. But if you are adding this to keto diet have this with cauliflower rice.

Q: How nutritious is butter chicken?

A: It contains protein, some vitamins and minerals, but it is also high in fat and calories.

Q: For how many days can butter chicken be stored in the refrigerator?

  1. A: It can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

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Written by:- Amisha

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