Best healthy low-carb and keto chicken recipes

Health benefits of chicken

Chicken is a delicious protein option for those looking to improve their health on a keto or low-carb diet. It is versatile and loved by eaters of all ages, making it the perfect family-friendly choice for your healthy meals.

Chicken meat is an excellent source of protein and nutrients that the body can use easily. Foods high in protein are a tool for managing weight and normalizing blood sugar. Protein, combined with fat, keeps you full for longer — and helps to calm cravings for higher-carb foods.

Chicken skin is loaded with healthy fats that will keep you satisfied for hours. Not to mention, the moisture and flavor that it adds to the dish make it a valuable chicken component.

What’s more, chicken skin contains a high amount of collagen, a vital structural protein that makes up the body’s skin, muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments.

When it comes to choosing your cut of chicken, we all have different preferences. In this collection, we have included our top keto and low-carb recipes for breast meat, thigh meat, wings, and drumsticks.

We will also touch on the average cost, taste, and cooking methods for each cut so that your chicken will turn out perfectly every time.

Buying chicken

This hugely popular white meat is also budget-friendly, especially if you go for the whole chicken. Buying it this way also gets you the most flavor.

Another great tip is to keep the bones and use them to make a healthy bone broth.

If you can buy organic, free-range chicken, that’s an added plus. You can often find it on sale once it’s nearing the end of its shelf life at the grocery store.

Here, at Diet Doctor, we believe that happier and healthier birds equal happy stomachs. You are what you eat, right?

Our top 5 chicken recipes

Don’t know where to start? Here are our top chicken recipes, which have been Diet Doctor test kitchen-approved.

1. Keto pesto chicken casserole

This recipe has been one of our top recipes on Diet Doctor for years. Haven’t tried this yet? You are missing out.

2. Keto no-noodle chicken soup

Made with healing bone broth, this keto soup with healthy cabbage is warm and comforting when it’s cold outside when you’re fighting a cold, or you just crave a hearty soup!

3. Keto Asian chicken with peanut coleslaw

“This is by far my favorite meal so far on Diet Doctor!” is just one of the positive comments about this healthy Asian meal that will make your tastebuds sing.

4. Keto Caprese chicken

With less than five ingredients, this Keto Caprese chicken makes dinner prep an incredibly simple process.

5. Keto avocado Alfredo with chicken

Spiralized zucchini topped with a creamy avocado sauce and seasoned chicken? Yes, please.

Healthy keto and low-carb chicken breast recipes

By itself, boneless and skinless chicken breast is often too lean for a ketogenic diet. It can also dry out quickly when cooking. However, with added fats and fresh vegetables, you can make fantastic ketogenic and low-carb meals.

Chicken breast is typically the most expensive cut, but some people prefer the mild taste of breast meat over the darker cuts of meat like thighs and drumsticks.

Chicken breasts can be prepared in many ways — on the grill, in a skillet, in the oven, or in an Instant Pot. Here are our top chicken breast recipes for keto and low-carb diets.

Healthy keto and low-carb chicken thigh recipes

Are chicken thighs suitable for a keto or low-carb diet, you ask? Absolutely! You can cook chicken thighs in all the same ways as chicken breasts.

Another benefit is that chicken thighs are typically less expensive than chicken breasts and don’t dry out quickly when cooking. Thighs also have a richer flavor because they contain more fat and than chicken breasts.

Like chicken breasts, chicken thighs are also available with the skin and bone — or skinless and boneless. Take a look at these top-rated chicken thigh recipes to see all of the creative ways that you can prepare chicken thighs.