Italian keto chicken parmesan with cabbage pasta

Italian keto chicken parmesan with cabbage pasta

A simple, creamy chicken parmesan dinner with the added tang of sundried and regular tomatoes. It works just as well for regular weekdays meals as it does for a festive weekend get-together. Serve it on top of butter-fried cabbage strips in place of pasta. A true keto success!

Italian keto chicken parmesan with cabbage pasta

A simple, creamy chicken parmesan dinner with the added tang of sundried and regular tomatoes. It works just as well for regular weekdays meals as it does for a festive weekend get-together. Serve it on top of butter-fried cabbage strips in place of pasta. A true keto success!
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4 servingservings

Ingredients

Italian chicken stew
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp butter for frying
  • 1½ lbs 650 g boneless chicken thighs, sliced
  • ¼ cup (1 oz.) 60 ml (28 g) sun-dried tomatoes in oil, coarsely chopped
  • 8 (5 oz.) 8 (140 g) cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters
  • 1 1 garlic clove, finely choppedgarlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1½ cups 350 ml heavy whipping cream
  • 1¼ cups (3½ oz.) 300 ml (100 g) shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup (1 oz.) 240 ml (30 g) baby spinach
  • salt and pepper
Cabbage pasta
  • 11 oz. 300 g green cabbage, shredded
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp butter for frying
  • salt or pepper

Instructions

Instructions are for 4 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Heat butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Fry the chicken for a couple of minutes, it doesn't have to be thoroughly cooked. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Add the tomatoes to the frying pan together with the garlic.
  3. Add heavy cream. Let it simmer on medium heat for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add shredded parmesan and let it simmer for an additional 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Meanwhile, in a large frying pan, over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the cabbage and fry until tender. Salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Just as you are ready to serve, stir the spinach into the cream chicken skillet. Plate the cabbage and top with the creamy chicken sauce.

Tip!

The parmesan chicken is amazing together with cauliflower rice, oven-baked vegetables or roasted cabbage. You'll find all of our tasty side-dishes here.

De-stemmed chopped kale can replace the spinach if desired.

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85 comments

  1. Kat
    Why wouldn't you make enough for leftovers? Lunch the next day. saves time and money.
    Reply: #52
  2. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    Why wouldn't you make enough for leftovers? Lunch the next day. saves time and money.

    This is a great one for leftovers and for the freezer if you reheat gently. Good suggestion.

  3. Laetitia
    This was my first ever keto meal. It was absolutely delicious. Found it quite hard not to eat it all in one go, but that was the siren song in my brain, in reality one serving was plenty, very rich & filling. Think I might be hooked on Keto, see how I get on over the next fortnight. Thank you.
    Reply: #54
  4. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    This was my first ever keto meal. It was absolutely delicious. Found it quite hard not to eat it all in one go, but that was the siren song in my brain, in reality one serving was plenty, very rich & filling. Think I might be hooked on Keto, see how I get on over the next fortnight. Thank you.

    This is wonderful feedback, especially how filling it is. Thank you!

  5. dian690
    Absolutely delicious!!! and filling, will be making this again also cant wait for lunch tomorrow.
    Reply: #56
  6. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    Absolutely delicious!!! and filling, will be making this again also cant wait for lunch tomorrow.

    I am so glad you enjoyed this one! It is excellent as leftovers as well.

  7. Patricia.Marr.29
    Instruction #6 says: To serve, distribute cabbage on the plates. Add the spinach to the creamy chicken skillet and stir. Then top the creamy chicken sauce over the cabbage.
  8. sarah.scott818

    What can i use as a substitute for cabbage?

    I was going to try it with zucchini noodles next time. I didn't care for the cabbage "noodles" very much. I'm not sure of the carb exchange between cabbage and zucchini, however.

  9. cindy.hale
    This was really, really good! Great first recipe! I printed the weekly recipes for one person, but the printed instructions still said this recipe is for four servings, which I noticed after I had already eaten half of it. So I freaked out for a minute, lol, but then realized it really was actually for just one person - with leftovers for tomorrow which I’m so happy about! 😄
  10. jeff.baxter2
    This was amazing. We will be making this again!
    Reply: #61
  11. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    This was amazing. We will be making this again!

    Great! So glad you enjoyed it!

  12. Doris Grant
    I started the 2 week Keto Challenge today. I have recruited my 2 sisters to take this challenge as well.
    Reply: #63
  13. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    I started the 2 week Keto Challenge today. I have recruited my 2 sisters to take this challenge as well.

    That's great, Doris!

  14. Maureen
    My first keto meal off the website and my first of the 2 Week Challenge. Was a tad rich for my palette, maybe I will adjust, but the flavors were good. I ended up straining off some of the sauce. I added the baby spinach to the heavy cream just before it thickened, just to wilt the spinach a bit. The sauteed cabbage (it is technically not fried, just sauteed until soft, "fried" would be crispy and brown) was better than I thought it would be, but then, it IS sauteed in butter. Served it with a side of roast broccoli and garlic with the same parmesan cheese lightly sprinkled on the top during the last minute of cooking..

    If you are a novice cook, watch the simmering cream carefully or you can break the sauce or burn the bottom. Just gentle - not vigorous - bubbles at the surface is what you want for the simmer and you want to stir often, being sure to scrape the pan.

    Reply: #65
  15. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    My first keto meal off the website and my first of the 2 Week Challenge. Was a tad rich for my palette, maybe I will adjust, but the flavors were good. I ended up straining off some of the sauce. I added the baby spinach to the heavy cream just before it thickened, just to wilt the spinach a bit. The sauteed cabbage (it is technically not fried, just sauteed until soft, "fried" would be crispy and brown) was better than I thought it would be, but then, it IS sauteed in butter. Served it with a side of roast broccoli and garlic with the same parmesan cheese lightly sprinkled on the top during the last minute of cooking..
    If you are a novice cook, watch the simmering cream carefully or you can break the sauce or burn the bottom. Just gentle - not vigorous - bubbles at the surface is what you want for the simmer and you want to stir often, being sure to scrape the pan.

    Thanks for sharing your tips! Be sure to include the additional side with your carbs for the meal.

  16. rio.mizzi
    Another yummy keto meal !! Really enjoyed it ... 😊👍
    Reply: #67
  17. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    Another yummy keto meal !! Really enjoyed it ... 😊👍

    Great! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Mary Lynn
    EXCELLENT!!! I really enjoyed the rich creamy texture and the serving size left me stuffed. Everything was really delicious. I cooked 2 serving sizes and was grateful to have read comment by Crystal (#52) that it could be frozen. I just started the 2 week keto challenge. The breakfast was very satisfying as well. I am really excited about trying all of the other recipes!
    Reply: #69
  19. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    EXCELLENT!!! I really enjoyed the rich creamy texture and the serving size left me stuffed. Everything was really delicious. I cooked 2 serving sizes and was grateful to have read comment by Crystal (#52) that it could be frozen. I just started the 2 week keto challenge. The breakfast was very satisfying as well. I am really excited about trying all of the other recipes!

    The 2 Week Get Started with Keto Challenge will have you off to an excellent start with such satisfying meals! I am glad you're enjoying it!

  20. Beth
    Second day of this diet. I liked all of the food. I don’t do the mayo or the sour cream because it doesn’t agree with me, but I didn’t need them.
  21. Michele
    New question...our Keto experience starts tonight and already I'm confused. Have it set on "4 servings" so two people can have dinner tonight and lunch tomorrow. Subsequently however, recipe says to cook 1.75 POUNDS of chicken (28 oz). That's 7 ounces of chicken per person per serving. Isn't that about twice the recommended ounces per serving? Why so much? Or, have I missed something somewhere?
    Replies: #73, #74
  22. Sonia
    This is a firm family favorite- simple recipe, simple flavours. Not fussy to cook. An addition to the meal planner even for the non keto family members. :)
  23. Sonia

    New question...our Keto experience starts tonight and already I'm confused. Have it set on "4 servings" so two people can have dinner tonight and lunch tomorrow. Subsequently however, recipe says to cook 1.75 POUNDS of chicken (28 oz). That's 7 ounces of chicken per person per serving. Isn't that about twice the recommended ounces per serving? Why so much? Or, have I missed something somewhere?

    I used a chicken breast per portion. It will also depend on the macros you have set yourself, 7oz was well within my protein levels from a moderate protein diet.

  24. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    New question...our Keto experience starts tonight and already I'm confused. Have it set on "4 servings" so two people can have dinner tonight and lunch tomorrow. Subsequently however, recipe says to cook 1.75 POUNDS of chicken (28 oz). That's 7 ounces of chicken per person per serving. Isn't that about twice the recommended ounces per serving? Why so much? Or, have I missed something somewhere?

    This recipe has been updated. It is one of our higher protein meals at 43g but that's still within the range that will get most people to their adequate protein levels for the day.

  25. wplogin-b4215830-25a7-4097-8285-41624ba88d48
    Tip: I wipped in 1/2 a small tea spoon of psyllium husk to the coconut cream before adding to the chicken. It thickened the sauce, (as I do not mix dairy with meat) It came out real nice and yummi!

    Comments?

    Reply: #76
  26. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    Tip: I wipped in 1/2 a small tea spoon of psyllium husk to the coconut cream before adding to the chicken. It thickened the sauce, (as I do not mix dairy with meat) It came out real nice and yummi!
    Comments?

    Thanks for the tip!

  27. Lindsay
    Are you supposed to trim the fat off the chicken thighs before cooking?
    Reply: #78
  28. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Are you supposed to trim the fat off the chicken thighs before cooking?

    Unless there is an excess of attached fat, it does not need to be removed.

  29. Lori
    This was delicious! I just found me a new noodle replacement. So much better than others. YUMMY!
    Reply: #80
  30. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    This was delicious! I just found me a new noodle replacement. So much better than others. YUMMY!

    Awesome! I am glad you found your match :)

  31. grayconsulting
    This is my and wife's thirty- second week of keto, I have lost 18kg and my wife 9kg I have 8kg to go she has 10kg you get to a stage after eating keto for this long, you can't tolerate what others call normal food.
    We have a wood-fired pizza oven and have a blow out every now again with real pizza to reset our system, but cook a lot of meals in it as well. Still, in general, every meal on this website we have cooked has been restaurant quality (we had to restaurants as well) Out of 224 main meals I have cooked, maybe 10 were failures, that's a pretty good hit rate in my book.
    We rarely eat the same recipe twice and don't do leftovers for lunch as we prefer salads due to the Australian climate.
    Keep challenging us with beautiful recipes.
    Cheers
    Jan
    Reply: #82
  32. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    This is my and wife's thirty- second week of keto, I have lost 18kg and my wife 9kg I have 8kg to go she has 10kg you get to a stage after eating keto for this long, you can't tolerate what others call normal food.
    We have a wood-fired pizza oven and have a blow out every now again with real pizza to reset our system, but cook a lot of meals in it as well. Still, in general, every meal on this website we have cooked has been restaurant quality (we had to restaurants as well) Out of 224 main meals I have cooked, maybe 10 were failures, that's a pretty good hit rate in my book.
    We rarely eat the same recipe twice and don't do leftovers for lunch as we prefer salads due to the Australian climate.
    Keep challenging us with beautiful recipes.
    Cheers
    Jan

    So glad you're enjoying the recipes!

  33. Stacy Mason
    New question - I’ve just added the ingredients to a well know carb tracker and it’s come up with 13g carbs per portion yet you state it’s 9g. I Can’t see why the big difference. Can anyone suggest why?
    Reply: #84
  34. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    New question - I’ve just added the ingredients to a well know carb tracker and it’s come up with 13g carbs per portion yet you state it’s 9g. I Can’t see why the big difference. Can anyone suggest why?

    Carb trackers are known to be off due to user-submitted info and other errors. It could also be calculating total carbs, as opposed to net carbs.

  35. Shirley
    Just a quick question I noticed in the written recipe is says chicken thighs but in the video it states chicken breast, does this alter anything ?
    Delicious either way 😊
    Reply: #86
  36. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    Just a quick question I noticed in the written recipe is says chicken thighs but in the video it states chicken breast, does this alter anything ?
    Delicious either way 😊

    You may use either chicken thighs or chicken breast. My family prefers breast, so that is what I use. There will be just a bit less fat in the chicken breast than in the chicken thighs.

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