Keto Pasta with Lemon-Kale Chicken

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Dana Carpender/Keto For One

It’s a weeknight and you really want pasta. Ordinarily, you’d boil a package of spaghetti, dump some tomato sauce on top and call it a night, but you’re eating keto. Luckily, Dana Carpender, author of The Keto for One Cookbook, is saving the day with her quick and tasty recipe for keto pasta with lemon-kale chicken.

The secret to making the meal extra easy? “I buy just enough kale for the recipe from the grocery-store salad bar—no leftovers,” Carpender says. And if you’re not into chicken thighs, you can use boneless, skinless chicken breast too.


One 8-ounce (225g) package tofu shirataki noodles (spaghetti, fettucine or angel hair)

6 ounces (170g) boneless, skinless dark-meat chicken (from 1 or 2 thighs)

3 tablespoons (45ml) extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon minced garlic

⅛ teaspoon red-pepper flakes

1 cup (67g) lightly packed stemmed and chopped kale

1½ teaspoons lemon juice

½ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons (10g) grated or shredded Parmesan cheese


1. Prepare the shirataki noodles according to the package instructions. While the noodles are cooking, cut the chicken into bite-size cubes.

2. Heat a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat, then add the olive oil. Toss in the chicken, garlic and red-pepper flakes, and sauté for about 5 minutes, stirring often.

3. When the chicken is no longer pink, toss in the kale and sauté until just wilted, 1 to 2 minutes.

4. Stir in the lemon juice and zest, then add the shirataki noodles and toss until combined. Add salt and pepper to taste.

5. Pile the noodles on a plate or in a bowl, top with the Parmesan and dig in.

Nutrition Facts
  • 625 calories

  • 53g fat

  • 31g protein

  • 9g carbs

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