Instant Butter Chicken - Keto and Low Carb
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Instant Pot Butter Chicken - Keto and Low Carb

If you've never had butter chicken before, this is a great recipe to try!  The sauce is creamy, with that signature flavor from garam masala, served with cauliflower rice.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 6
Calories: 374kcal
Author: Keto Cooking Christian


  • 2 pounds chicken breasts diced
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter softened and divided
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger grated
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro divided
  • 2 tablespoons mild flavored oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Turn the Instant Pot to the sauté setting.  Add the oil and chicken to the pot and sear the chicken for a few minutes, then remove.  Sauté the ginger and garlic in half the butter for about 20 seconds, careful not to burn it!   Then add in all the spices and allow to toast for another 20 seconds, while stirring. 
  • Pour in the water, chicken stock, tomato paste and add the chicken back in. Scrape up the brown bits on the bottom of the pot. Set the Instant Pot to pressure cook for 10 minutes, then quick release the pressure.
  • Remove the chicken and set aside.  Stir in the heavy cream, mascarpone cheese and the rest of the butter, then whisk to combine.  Add the chicken back in and turn the Instant Pot back onto the sauté setting.  Cook for 7-10 minutes, uncovered, stirring often.
  • Once the cauliflower rice is cooked, serve with the chicken and sauce over the top.  Garnish with fresh cilantro and enjoy!  Store leftovers in the fridge for a few days or freeze.


*Macros are for the butter chicken alone, so be sure to adjust for what you decide to serve it with.


Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Sugar: 1g