Tikka Masala is one of the most classic recipes in the eastern world. It’s, basically, chicken chunk in a creamy, heavily condimented sauce. It couldn’t be more keto friendly for a recipe as old as this one.
This dish is a great life saver because while it only takes about twenty minutes to cook, it looks and tastes like the kind of dish you would spend hours preparing for and then cook all evening.
Garam Masala breathes life into this recipe: This is a spice mixture from India. Garam means “hot”, or “spicy”. Masala means “spices”. You get the point: This is a mix of various spicy ingredients, some of which we can’t even pronounce without biting our tongue. Even for those who aren’t really into spicy food, Garam Masala makes everything delicious, particularly meat and poultry.
Let’s get right to it:
- 2-3 chicken breasts or, if you prefer fattier/juicier, 4 chicken thighs.
- 1 onion
- 2 bell peppers
- 2 cups coconut cream (or heavy cream)
- Tomato sauce (no added sugars!)
- 1 tablespoon Garam Masala
- 1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
When it comes to spices, you can always make adjustments of your own. Here, the only three essential elements are the garam masala, the black pepper, and the garlic. Everything else can be adjusted, removed, or you can add some of your favorite spices if you want.
How to make:
- Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces, then transfer onto a bowl. Add heavy cream, Garam Masala, and a dash of salt. Mix well together and let it marinate for as long as one hour.
- Cook vegetables in a saucepan for about five minutes. Stir constantly.
- Add chicken to the saucepan and cook for at least ten minutes, or until you reach the desired consistency. Stir constantly (again).
- Blend all spices together in a blade grinder.
- Add spices to chicken, stir, and cook for five to fifteen minutes on low-medium heat. Cover saucepan during this final step.
...And you’re ready! The only thing you need to figure out now is a good side to go with tikka masala. You can try our Low Carb Bagel recipe, or any one of the many recipes we have for side dishes.