A plate of Chicken Tikka Masala on top of riced cauliflower.

Low-Carb Chicken Tikka Masala

A delicious, easy recipe for this popular Indian dish. Low-carb and gluten-free.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, keto, low-carb
Keyword best chicken tikka masala recipe, Indian curry, low carb chicken tikka masala, low carb Indian food
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 302 kcal
Author Annissa Slusher


  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 2 chicken breasts about 1 pound total, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • sea salt and pepper
  • 1 yellow onion peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger minced
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro finely chopped


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the coriander, cumin, paprika, cardamom, cayenne pepper, and nutmeg. Set aside.

  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil. When oil is hot, add chicken pieces. Be sure they do not touch. Cook in batches if necessary.

  3. Brown chicken, then cook until opaque. Remove from pan to a plate. Set aside.

  4. If needed, add more oil to pan. Add onions and cook them until they just start browning on the edges.

  5. Stir in the mixture of spices. Cook for about two minutes, stirring constantly, to toast spices.

  6. Add fresh ginger, tomato paste and cream to the skillet, stirring to mix thoroughly. Add the chicken into the sauce. Increase heat to medium to bring the mixture to a simmer, then turn the heat to low and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens to desired consistency.

  7. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in cilantro. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.

Recipe Notes

The serving size for this dish is fairly small. If you want larger Americanized portions, you will need to account for this.
Calories 302
Fat: 21 grams
Carbs: 4.8 grams
Fiber: 1.4 grams
Protein: 24.8 grams
Net carbs: 3.4 grams

Nutrition Facts
Low-Carb Chicken Tikka Masala
Amount Per Serving
Calories 302 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Carbohydrates 4.8g2%
Fiber 1.5g6%
Protein 24.8g50%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.