20 Easy Low-Carb Chicken RecipesArticle posted in: Diet & Nutrition
Chicken is terrific. It’s cheap, it’s accessible, it’s lean and it’s healthy. Plus, chicken is extremely versatile and can be found in virtually every kind of cuisine. Don’t get stuck in a rut creating the same low carb chicken dinner day after day. Here at The Palm Weight Loss Blog, we have plenty of low-carb chicken recipes to fill up your South Beach Diet menu. Keep reading for some of our favorites!
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Here are 20 delicious and easy low-carb chicken recipes:
Tired of the same old, same old? This chicken dish is anything but ordinary, thanks to a myriad of bold, Spanish ingredients like sundried tomatoes, paprika, Serrano pepper, olives, lemon and fresh parsley. Plus, the dish uses chicken thighs so it’ll taste juicy and fall-apart-tender, soaking up every bit of the buttery, almond sauce.
The Instant Pot rocks. It locks in steam, which speeds up the cooking process and prevents natural juices from escaping. So, lean chicken sausage is the perfect meat for this Instant Pot soup recipe. Onion, garlic, kale and sun-dried tomatoes add flavor and nutrition, while heavy cream and Parmesan add richness.
Comfort is served. This simple soup is just what you need on a chilly, rainy day. It’s also the perfect homestyle meal when you’re feeling sick or a bit under the weather. Mom’s recipe would have had noodles but we liked the brightness and bite of low carb diced tomatoes. If you have to have noodles, try a low-carb pasta swap like spaghetti squash, zoodles (zucchini noodles) or no-carb Shirataki noodles.
If you don’t already order and love Chicken Tikka Masala at a local Indian restaurant, your world is about to change—especially since you now can make this flavorful, low carb dish at home. It does call for a few spices you may not have on hand, such as garam masala, turmeric and coriander. However, they are definitely worth the purchase because we’re pretty sure you’ll make this dish again and again. Once you taste these warm, zesty spices, they are sure to become a regular occurrence in your low-carb chicken recipes.
Chicken, onions, garlic, cheese, spices, avocado, sour cream and the low carb miracle veggie, zucchini. This versatile vegetable makes the perfect low-carb substitute for corn tortillas. It offers the same bite but keeps the spotlight on the other flavors in this near-perfect dish.
We’re pretty proud of these clever cups. Instead of carb-heavy noodles, we use yummy chicken cutlets to hold all the lasagna goodies—mozzarella, ricotta, cream cheese and even the marinara. Make sure the chicken is no thicker than a quarter-inch.
This zesty dish has six ingredients and you probably have all of them in your fridge. Jalapeños are the wildcard. If you don’t have any on hand, use bell peppers or canned diced green chiles. Serve over cauliflower rice or grilled onions, peppers and mushrooms.
We know what you’re thinking: Another grilled chicken salad recipe? Don’t worry, this one is anything but boring. Olive oil, garlic powder, lemon juice, fresh basil, salt and pepper make a terrific homemade salad dressing. You’ll love how it makes this basic chicken salad sing. Double the recipe so you can always have homemade dressing on hand when you’re craving fresh veggies.
A chayote is a type of squash that looks like a bumpy green pear and its texture is something like a hard cucumber. Like squash, the peel is edible but inside you’ll need to remove the avocado-like pit. We paid homage to its Mexican roots in this easy chicken dish with onions, peppers, cilantro and lemon.
We know you love chicken parm (who doesn’t?). That’s why we made sure to come up with a low-carb version that you can enjoy will losing weight. The “breading” here is made from almond flour and a bit of pepper. Instead of plain old pasta, we call for a blend of high-fiber noodles and zoodles so it tastes even more authentic.
Cauliflower is pretty amazing. We suggested you serve our Jalepeño Popper Chicken atop cauliflower rice a few recipes back. In this next low-carb chicken recipe, we’re making it into a tasty crust. It’s tempting to overfill calzones but stick to the suggested portions here because cauliflower dough can’t stretch.
Do you have a busy day tomorrow? Prep this crock-pot recipe the night before so you can set it and forget it before you’re off to work. Or, if you’ve got a quiet weekend to do some meal prep, get this dish going. Chili freezes beautifully. Just hold the cilantro and avocado until serving time.
No doubt you’ve had a chicken (or lamb, falafel or steak) bowl at a local restaurant. There’s a reason these dishes are so popular—they’re full of flavor (thanks to an easy marinade), they’re loaded with veggies (like cucumber, tomatoes, onions and olives and cauliflower) and one helping delivers two Healthy Fats, one Protein and two Vegetable servings.
Your favorite appetizer stuffed into tender chicken. It’s hard to picture a yummier entrée! Up the veggie ante by serving this with crisp roasted asparagus, tricolor carrots or roasted Brussels sprouts.
This dish looks as impressive as it tastes, making it dinner-party approved. Treat your guests to a completely low carb menu. Start with Iced Pom Mojito Spritzers and Parmesan Crisps, then finish with a slice of our No-Bake Key Lime and Avocado Cheesecake.
Wings may be off the table on a low carb diet but with this recipe, you’ll want for nothing. We added gooey cream and cheddar cheeses (because why not!?) as well as hints of your favorite dipping sauce. Low carb? Yep!
A lot of the ingredients you purchased to make Chicken Tikka Skewers can also be used here. If you’re a fan of Asian or Indian cuisine, this dish will be right up your alley. This Indonesian-inspired dinner is braised in sweet, rich coconut milk. Cilantro, ginger, lemon, garlic and spices add robust flavor, not fat or carbs.
We’ll bet you this dish will become part of your weekly rotation. So, here’s a meal prep tip: triple or quadruple the spice blend and dipping sauce. You can store the spices premixed in your spice cabinet and the sauce can be frozen until needed.
This body-and-soul-warming soup is ready in just about 30 minutes. The quick cooking time is all thanks to our new favorite appliance, the Instant Pot. If you want to sneak in more veggies, use a tricolor blend of bell peppers. Add red or black beans and serve with diced avocado.
Not much of a lettuce fan? Then this is your kind of salad. Crisp snow peas make up the base of this warm low-carb chicken recipe. Simple yet flavorful fresh ginger and scallions add a zesty bite. Throw in some cauliflower rice to make it even heartier and more like a chicken fried rice.