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20+ Essential Keto Chicken Recipes

Keto chicken recipes for chicken breasts and thighs, casseroles, salads, soups and more! Eating low carb chicken recipes shouldn’t be boring; find your next favorite recipe in this listing.

Our Favorite Low Carb Chicken Recipes

Remember when a healthy chicken dinner was a grilled chicken breast and some veggies on the side? Say goodbye to that image and dig into a chicken dinner that satisfies!

When we eat low-carb, here’s what we want:

  • Recipes that are a balanced meal
  • A good mix of healthy fats, protein and veggies
  • Meals everyone can enjoy, even if you aren’t following a keto diet.

These are the types of delicious chicken recipes you’ll find in this listing.

Looking for more keto recipe ideas? Check out our listing of amazing keto recipes!

Keto Chicken Breast Recipes

While this isn’t the most flavorful or fatty cut of chicken, it’s very versatile and usually kid friendly. Adding the right seasonings or low-carb sauces is the best way to jazz up chicken breast, and you’re sure to find a new family favorite below.

Healthier Black Pepper Chicken
Overhead shot of half full pan of black pepper chicken stir fry with celery and bell pepper
This black pepper chicken is savory, satisfying, and better—and also healthier—than take out! The recipe uses arrowroot starch rather than corn starch, and coconut aminos in place of soy sauce. It can be tough to find a stir fry sauce and recipe that’s Whole30, Keto and Paleo. This is it!
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Coconut Lime Chicken (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
Coconut lime chicken with a creamy light orange sauce in a cast iron skillet with lime wedges and chopped cilantro on top
I really love Thai food and it always feels like comfort food to me! This Paleo and Whole30 friendly coconut lime chicken is so flavorful, fresh and satisfying!
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Healthy Oven-Baked Chicken Caprese
Healthy oven-baked chicken caprese – easy Keto chicken dinner with Paleo + Whole30 options. Use chicken breast or thighs, buffalo mozzarella + dairy-free pesto.
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Chicken Skillet with Bacon Brussels Sprouts (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
This one pan chicken skillet with bacon brussels sprouts is refreshing and flavorful. It’s great for a weeknight dinner with minimal effort.
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Keto Chicken Thigh Recipes

Chicken thighs are where it’s at for the keto diet. Full of flavor and a little more fat than breasts, thighs make any dish a little more enjoyable. There are options for both bone-in skin on thighs and boneless skinless thighs below.

Easy Buffalo Chicken Thighs (Oven or Air Fryer)
Overhead image of air fryer chicken thighs with buffalo sauce
These juicy oven baked (or air fried) chicken thighs have delicious crispy skin smothered in a spicy buffalo sauce. Easy prep and a fancy homemade sauce make this the perfect weeknight dinner option!
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Chicken Carnitas (Slow Cooker or Instant Pot)
This Paleo, Whole30 + Keto crispy chicken carnitas recipe needs 10 minutes of active prep, and then let your Instant Pot or Slow Cooker do all the work!
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Spaghetti Squash Carbonara (Paleo, Whole30 + Low Carb)
This Paleo, Whole30 + Low Carb spaghetti squash carbonara is dairy-free, creamy and has bacon in it! It checks all the boxes and is great for meal prep!
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Easy Chicken and Chorizo Bake (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
This easy sheet pan chicken and chorizo bake is a great quick and easy weeknight dinner. Plus, it’s a healthy and flavorful Paleo, Keto + Whole30 recipe!
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Spinach Artichoke Chicken Skillet (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
This Paleo, Whole30 + Keto spinach artichoke chicken skillet is a quick 30 minute, one pan meal the whole family will love!
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Crispy Chicken Thighs with Zesty Cauliflower (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
Crispy chicken thighs with zesty cauliflower are the perfect Paleo + Whole30 spicy meal. Packed with flavor, including citrus, cilantro and jalapeño!
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Low Carb Drumsticks and Whole Chicken Recipes

My personal favorite part of the chicken is the drumstick. Picking it up with your hands and taking a big bite is so satisfying. Below are a couple of different options for cooking drumsticks as well as a recipe for roasting a whole chicken in the air fryer.

Easy Grilled Chicken Drumsticks
Grilled chicken drumsticks on a plate with BBQ sauce and pepper
With a simple and flavorful seasoning rub, these easy grilled chicken drumsticks are sure to be a hit at your next BBQ. Easy salty, smoky and juicy flavor!
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Perfect Air Fryer Roast Chicken (Whole Chicken)
Perfectly cooked and seasoned, this roasted air fryer whole chicken is crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.
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Easy 5-Ingredient Baked Chicken Drumsticks
Close up overhead image of baked chicken drumsticks with white sauce drizzled on top
Looking for an easy recipe for baked chicken drumsticks? These deliciously juicy drumsticks are coated with a simple seasoning mix and only take about 5 minutes to prep and drop in the oven.
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Keto Chicken Casserole Recipes

We love casseroles for meal prep and leftovers. It’s nice to cook once and feed your family for several meals. These low carb chicken casseroles are filling, satisfying and delicious.

Healthy Baked Buffalo Chicken Casserole
We made this healthy baked chicken casserole Paleo, Whole30 and Low Carb, and with a simple modification it can also be made Keto. It's perfect for a family meal or meal prep!
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Creamy Bacon Ranch Chicken Casserole (Paleo + Whole30)
This Paleo and Whole30 Creamy Bacon Ranch Chicken Casserole is all you need to know this fall and winter. It’s a healthier, creamy and dairy-free casserole! 
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Oven Baked Creamy Spinach Artichoke Chicken Casserole
Creamy spinach artichoke chicken casserole in a casserole dish with a serving spoon dug in.
This dairy free spinach artichoke chicken casserole is full of creamy goodness in addition to having plenty of veggies baked right in!
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Keto Chicken Salad Recipes

Sometimes you need a fresh and crunchy salad in your life. These salads are all low carb with a little chicken for protein that will keep your belly happy and full.

Homemade Keto Chicken Salad Recipe
This low-carb, keto-friendly chicken salad recipe uses chicken breast, 1/2 cup of avocado oil mayo, plus bacon and olives. Ready in 15 min!
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Chicken Burrito Bowl (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
This Paleo, Whole30 + Keto chicken burrito bowl is likely to become a weekly staple and the leftovers are just as good as the day you make it, maybe better! 
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Paleo Taco Salad (Whole30 + Keto)
I really love taco everything, and this quick and easy Whole30 and Paleo taco salad is a bowl full of goodness I could eat anytime of day! 
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Keto Chicken Soup Recipes

These warm and cozy keto soups are perfect for a chilly fall or winter day. There are options for the crockpot, instant pot or stovetop below, and you’ll love these filling and hearty chicken soup recipes.

Instant Pot White Chicken Chili (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
This Paleo, Whole30 + Keto Instant Pot white chicken chili is an easy recipe that’s a perfect weeknight dinner. Only 10 minutes of prep for a healthy meal!
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Chicken Coconut Curry Soup (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)
This Thai inspired chicken coconut curry soup is packed with vegetables and a creamy, savory curry broth. It's a Paleo, Whole30 and low carb soup too!
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Chicken Fajita Soup (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto) – Slow Cooker + Instant Pot
Whether you're cooking in a Slow Cooker or Instant Pot, this chicken fajita soup will have you enjoying a hearty dinner with minimal effort and prep work.
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Close up angle image of creamy garlic chicken thighs in a cast iron skillet with chopped bacon and parsley on top

20+ Essential Keto Chicken Recipes: Creamy Garlic Chicken

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4
Calories: 671kcal
This creamy garlic chicken skillet is heavenly, saucy and delicious. Plus, we've rounded up some of our favorite staple keto chicken recipes for you.
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Ingredients

  • 6 pieces bacon, diced
  • 1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning

For the creamy sauce:

  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 8 oz mushrooms, sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk (can sub heavy cream if you eat dairy)
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast (can sub shredded cheese if you eat dairy)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped (optional for garnish)
  • 6 cups spinach
  • 2 cups cooked rice (optional – omit for Whole30 & Keto or sub cauli rice)
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Instructions 

  • In a large skillet over medium heat, cook diced bacon until crispy. Once crispy, place on a paper towel lined plate and set aside.
  • Place chicken thighs in the hot skillet with bacon grease and season with half of the Italian seasoning. Cook for 5-6 minutes, flip and season with the rest of the Italian seasoning. Cook for another 5-6 more minutes, until the thighs are cooked through.
  • While the chicken is cooking, prep onions, mushrooms, garlic and parsley (optional) as noted above. Set aside.
  • When chicken is done, remove it from the skillet and place it on the plate with bacon. 
  • Now, make the creamy sauce by placing onions and mushrooms in pan. Cook until both soften, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add coconut milk, minced garlic, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper. Stir to combine everything. Then turn to low and add chicken and bacon back to the pan. Simmer for 3-5 minutes to marry all the flavors. Garnish with chopped parsley (optional)
  • Plate with a bed of spinach, optional rice and creamy chicken mixture. Enjoy.

Notes

Nutrition amounts are per serving and an estimate provided for those following a Ketogenic or low-carb diet. Amounts do not include rice for this recipe. See our full nutrition information disclosure here

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 671kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Fiber: 3g
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