53 Keto Chicken Recipes You’ve Never Tried

Minimal carbs, maximum protein (and flavor)

keto chicken recipes: bruschetta chicken in a skillet topped with tomatoes
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

You decided to give the ketogenic diet—the buzzy, high-fat, moderate-protein, low-carb meal plan—a whirl, but you slid into a dinner rut fast. (Douse some chicken and veggies in olive oil, roast and repeat—yawn.) Don’t get discouraged just yet: There are plenty of fun ways to incorporate the lean protein into your diet, from chicken sausage to ground chicken to bone-in, skin-on thighs. Presenting 53 tasty keto chicken recipes that are anything but boring.

1. French Onion Sheet Pan Chicken

Your favorite winter soup meets your go-to protein for a low-lift meal that will easily feed a crowd of six in one fell swoop. Best of all, it'll leave you with minimal dishes to clean afterwards (thanks, sheet pan).

2. Ina Garten’s Creamy Chicken Thighs with Lemon and Thyme

Leave it to the Barefoot Contessa to whip up a chicken dinner this elegant and easy. It would taste divine over rice or couscous, but you can serve it with greens or cauliflower rice to keep it keto.

3. Miso-Honey Broiled Chicken

This drool-worthy main is only six ingredients away. Take your pick of chicken breasts or thighs, and go light on the honey to keep the sugar and carbs down (or um, don't).

keto chicken recipes: tuscan garlic chicken in a creamy sauce in a skillet
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4. Creamy Tuscan Chicken

Velvety sauce, sun-dried tomatoes and it's ready in 25 minutes flat—yes, please. Serve it over zoodles, with Caesar salad or atop low-carb pasta.

keto chicken recipes: spinach and goat cheese-stuffed chicken breasts in a skillet
Ambitious Kitchen

5. Goat Cheese and Spinach-Stuffed Chicken Breast with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms

When your friends say they don’t understand your keto diet, present them with this supremely cheesy masterpiece. The chicken is stuffed hasselback-style for the ideal meat-to-filling ratio.

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Wholesome Yum

6. Buffalo Chicken Soup

It’s ideal for cold months, but we’d eat it all year-round. Instead of making your usual dip on game day, present them with this soup that will warm them right up (but you should still serve it with plenty of tortilla chips for dunking).

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Hey Keto Mama

7. Keto Chicken Enchilada Bowl

All the fixins' you crave (onions! chiles! avocado! sour cream!), minus the carby tortillas. Cauliflower rice will give you a keto-friendly Chipotle feel.

keto chicken recipes: keto sheet pan chicken and rainbow vegetables
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8. Keto Sheet Pan Chicken and Rainbow Veggies

Because the kids want dinner now. Plate theirs with grains, bread or pasta, and stick to meat and vegetables yourself to keep the meal low-carb.

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9. Chicken Meatballs and Cauliflower Rice

Psst: Ground chicken is your new best friend. It cooks at lightning speed like other ground meats, but is leaner than typical beef.

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Hey Keto Mama

10. Keto White Chicken Chili

No frigid night is a match for this liquid comfort. Cream cheese, heavy whipping cream and butter make it next-level indulgent.

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Ambitious Kitchen

11. Slow Cooker Chicken Chile Verde

Kick your feet up: The Crockpot has dinner covered. Serve this keto-friendly dish with a side of cauliflower rice, and crown it with all the avocado and cilantro you desire.

keto chicken recipes: grilled greek chicken skewers with tzatziki
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12. Greek Lemon Chicken Skewers

Almost as good as a plane ticket to Santorini. Go ahead and slather the skewers in as much tzatziki as you'd like—the yogurt-based spread is on your diet.

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Life Made Sweeter

13. Low-Carb Chicken Fajita Salad

If you must have salad, do it like this. Believe it or not, this sizzling stunner only takes 25 minutes to come together.

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Foodie Crush

14. 30-Minute Caprese Chicken

Close your eyes, take a bite and boom: You’re in Italy. Aren't you glad mozzarella cheese is keto-friendly?

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15. Keto Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs

Packed with protein and made with just seven ingredients, this dish is an easy win. Pro tip: It's even better paired with cauliflower mashed potatoes.

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Wholesome Yum

16. Whole Crockpot Chicken

Cool if we lick the plate? We'd bookmark this dinner party-worthy delight for Thanksgiving now if we were you...

keto chicken recipes: one-pan roasted carrots and chicken thighs on baking sheet
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17. One-Pan Roasted Chicken with Carrots

Go for bone-in, skin-on thighs for the juiciest results. (They're basically impossible to overcook, unlike drier chicken breasts.)

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Wholesome Yum

18. Chicken Stir Fy

Say it with us: Not tonight, takeout. You'll have this 15-minute meal on the table faster than you can say "for delivery, please."

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19. Thai Lettuce Wraps

Using sturdy, leafy greens in place of carb-based wraps and buns is a keto hack we swear by. These are spicy, bright and deliciously low-carb.

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20. Foolproof Cheater’s Confit

Chicken confit is a thing, guys. (Although chicken can easily be swapped for duck in this Insta-worthy entree.) Go wild on the garlic and fresh herbs.

keto chicken recipes: whole lemon-herb roast chicken with charred lemons
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21. Lemon and Herb Roast Chicken

Hi, old friend, how nice that you’re on our diet. Six ingredients (including fresh thyme, rosemary and lemon) make this low-lift beauty possible.

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22. White Wine Coq au Vin

It’s ready in under an hour—Julia Child would be so proud of our foolproof shortcuts. Did we mention this skillet gem serves six?

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Wholesome Yum

23. Keto Chicken Tenders

Here's your reminder that chicken tenders are completely acceptable for adults, especially when they're low-carb (thanks to pork rind breading) and ready in 25 minutes flat.

keto chicken recipes: skillet of balsamic cranberry chicken thighs
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24. Balsamic Cranberry Roast Chicken

Bring on the low-carb comfort food. The rosemary and cranberry garnishes make it a no-brainer for Christmastime (or any old Tuesday, really).

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Erin McDowell

25. Avocado Chicken Salad

It’s anything but a Waldorf. The recipe calls for using shredded rotisserie chicken instead of cooking your own, so it's as low-lift as humanly possible.

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26. Crispy Grilled Chicken

This grilled chicken offers fried chicken vibes with none of the extra carbs. What's our secret you ask? We'll never tell. (OK, it's mayonnaise).

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Half Baked Harvest

27. Chicken, Avocado and Goat Cheese Salad

Worthy of a goddess (that's you, friend). As much as we love fresh produce and tangy goat cheese, the simple honey-balsamic vinaigrette really seals the deal.

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Wholesome Yum

28. Keto Chicken Parmesan

This dish is so filling, you'll barely have room for dessert (well, almost). Even the pickiest eaters won't be able to complain about this comforting classic.

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Damn Delicious

29. One-Pan Pizza Chicken

Speaking of picky eater-proof dinners, your kids will almost surely ask for seconds of this pepperoni-topped masterpiece.

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Food Faith Fitness

30. Everything Bagel Chicken

This hearty main is all about the seasoning, which is store-bought for maximum ease. The rest is pantry staples and a generous dose of cream cheese.

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Food Faith Fitness

31. Coconut Chicken Curry

Admit it: Your mouth just started watering. Basmati and naan are our go-to pairings, but cauliflower rice will do if you're on keto.

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32. Shrimp and Chicken Sausage Vegetable Skillet

It’s a great option for meal prepping, but TBH, you can make this dish at the drop of a hat when necessary. (Seriously—it'll be on the table in 20.)

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Wholesome Yum

33. Healthy Chicken Alfredo

You won't miss angel hair once you try it with spaghetti squash. Zoodles are a fine low-carb substitute, too.

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Food Faith Fitness

34. Baked Chicken Nuggets

These are always a crowd-pleaser (and kid-approved). Serve them with a keto-friendly dip, like ranch dressing, mustard or hot sauce.

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Two Sleevers

35. Basil Pesto Chicken

This 25-minute dish will become a permanent part of your weekly rotation at first bite. Make the pesto from scratch if you're feeling ambitious.

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Two Sleevers

36. Jalapeño Popper Chicken Casserole

Take your taste buds on a wild ride with this crowd-pleaser that's equal parts spicy, cheesy and savory.

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Dana Carpender/Keto for One

37. Keto Pasta with Chicken

If you’re not into chicken thighs, you can use boneless, skinless chicken breasts instead. (Thighs do tend to be juicier and tastier though, especially if you cook them with the skin on.)

keto chicken recipes: indian butter chicken on a plate
Leslie Grow/Keto in an Instant

38. Indian Butter Chicken

Anyone would love to gobble this Instant Pot gem up—even if they're not on the keto diet. The pressure cooker pulls it off in 20 minutes.

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Wholesome Yum

39. Chicken Cauliflower Casserole

Prep this on a Sunday and enjoy it all through the week. The 35-minute recipe is gluten-free, low-carb and only requires 10 minutes of prep.

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Wholesome Yum

40. Butter Chicken

Yes, it's just as delicious (and buttery) as it sounds. Consider the 60-minute marinating time a built-in cocktail hour for the chef.

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41. Everything Chicken Wings

Make a batch of these butter-doused wings that'll give Buffalo sauce a run for its money. Pass the blue cheese, please.

keto chicken recipes: bruschetta chicken in a skillet topped with tomatoes
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42. Bruschetta Chicken

Meet bruschetta chicken: a speedy, nutritious meal that tastes super indulgent. (We credit the grated Parm.)

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Katie Wayne

43. Spicy Hummus Chicken Salad

Picnic fare at its finest. Make this shareable staple ahead if you have the time—or just mix it right before the cookout. Regardless, it'll only take you ten minutes.

keto chicken recipes: three plates of family-style chicken caesar salad
The Minimalist Kitchen

44. Family-Style Chicken Caesar Salad

Ditch the croutons and this crowd-pleaser will contain only eight grams of carbs per serving. Pile on the chicken for a boost of protein.

keto chicken recipes: chicken and snap pea stir fry on a plate
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45. Chicken and Snap Pea Stir Fry

We love how riffable this recipe is; toss in any vegetables you have on hand. Bonus? It’s ready to eat in 20 minutes.

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The Modern Proper

46. Low-Carb Chicken Divan

We love a one-and-done dinner. All the veggies are baked in—no sides needed.

keto chicken recipes: three crispy chicken thighs with pancetta and green olives on a serving platter
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47. Chicken Thighs with Pancetta and Green Olives

The trick to crispy chicken thighs is to cook them skin side-down low and slow, starting in a cold pan. This slowly renders out all the fat.

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48. Sheet Pan Chicken Shawarma with Lemon-Tahini Drizzle

A delicious dinner that cooks on a single baking sheet? Where do we sign up? A flurry of spices—like paprika, cumin and cinnamon—pack every bite with bold, warm flavor.

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Katherine Gillen

49. Hot Honey Chicken Thighs

This swicy dish is only six ingredients away (and you likely have most of them on hand). Did we mention it cooks to completion in a single skillet?

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Katherine Gillen

50. Honey-Mustard Grilled Chicken with Foil Packet Green Beans

Dinnertime at the campfire just got a lot tastier—and a lot less messy. Foil keeps the cleanup to a minimum, but it's also a great way to cook outdoors without a grill basket.

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51. Garlic-Confit Chicken with Lemon and Thyme

Slow cooked garlic cloves in oil (20 of 'em, to be exact) > everything. Don't @ us. This elegant entree is only seven additional ingredients away.

keto chicken recipes: whole baked buffalo chicken wings
Erin McDowell

52. Oven-Baked Buffalo Wings

It's time to bust out the carrots, celery and ranch (or blue cheese dressings). Oh, and all the napkins in your kitchen.

keto chicken recipes: piri piri whole chicken with potatoes in a parchment lined dish
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53. Piri Piri Chicken

Just like you'd get at a Portuguese churrasqueria. Spatchcock the bird (meaning remove its backbone) to reduce the cooking time and crisp the skin.

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Taryn Pire is PureWow’s food editor and has been writing about all things delicious since 2016. She’s developed recipes, reviewed restaurants and investigated food trends at...
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