Simple Low-Carb Chicken Tikka Masala

Simple Low-carb chicken tikka masala curry recipe
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If you enjoy low carb recipes, then here is one for a tasty Indian dish.

Curry tastes amazing; the skilled use of spices creates a deep flavor combination and a powerful taste experience.

Despite this, not many people take the time to cook Indian food. One of the reasons is that it takes so long to prepare.

But not anymore; here is a recipe for a simple low-carb chicken tikka masala curry recipe.

Instead of a long list of herbs and spices, only curry powder has been used. It is not the authentic way to make chicken tikka masala, nor is it the best.

But for those short on time, it saves you from having to collect all the ingredients separately. And it still tastes great.

 Ingredients (1 serving)

6oz (168g) diced chicken 

Diced Chicken Cubes.

1 Small Onion

Small Yellow Onion.

2 Medium Tomatoes

Two Large Red Tomatoes.

Squeeze of Lemon Juice

A Thin Slice of Lemon.

1tsp Apple Cider Vinegar

A Glass Bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar.

2oz (60ml) Heavy Cream

Tablespoon of Heavy Cream.

1 Tbsp Curry Powder

Yellow Curry Powder.

1tsp Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne Pepper.

Salt (to taste)

A Small Wooden Bowl of Pink Himalayan Salt.


1. Chop the tomatoes and onions.

2. Puree the tomatoes, and cook together with the onions on a medium heat.

3. Boil off the excess water from the tomatoes to create a thicker consistency tomato paste.

4. Add the cayenne powder, curry powder, and salt.

5. Mix the ingredients up, and after a few minutes take off the heat and transfer to a bowl.

6. When the sauce cools, put the (raw) diced chicken into it and make sure the sauce fully covers the chicken.

7. Now refrigerate the bowl for approx 8 hours (if you only have a few hours, leave the bowl at room temperature). Doing this allows the flavors from the sauce to be absorbed into the chicken which will give a much nicer taste.

8. When you are ready to eat, add a touch of oil/butter to your pan and heat – add the chicken and sauce mix.

9. Cook on a low heat for about 30 minutes.

10. About 5 minutes before the meal is ready, add the apple cider vinegar and the cream. The cider vinegar gives a slight extra tangy taste that helps bring the flavors out.

11. When done, remove from heat and your chicken tikka masala is ready! Decorate with a few drops of cream and some fresh herbs (if desired).

Low Carb Chicken Tikka Masala: Nutrition

All information is based on the amounts listed in the ingredients section.

Calories and Macronutrients

Calories: 582  Carbohydrate: 22.8g (14%)   Fat: 57.5g (45%)   Protein: 42.3g (41%)


Vitamin Profile For Low Carb Chicken Tikka Masala.


Mineral Profile For Low Carb Chicken Tikka Masala.


This recipe is a relatively simple food to make, yet it tastes great.

If you want to buy the spices separately rather than using curry powder then go for it – I just wanted to provide a simple recipe that anyone can make.

Traditional chicken tikka masala also comes with rice or a naan bread of course, but just the curry tastes great on its own.

However, this list of low-carb bread ideas includes a delicious naan bread option.

More Low Carb Recipes

Love chicken? Here are some more low carb chicken recipes.

For more international cuisine alternatives, see this guide to fathead pizza.

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Gwyneth Carr

This was really tasty, previously Would have bought a jar of ready made sauce, which contains too much sugar and carbs, thank you, this will become a regular favourite.