Keto fried chicken with broccoli and butter

Keto fried chicken with broccoli and butter

A quick and tasty one-skillet keto meal. Who doesn't love that? Juicy fried chicken paired with green and crunchy broccoli, topped off with melting butter. Mmmmm... Put this in your rotation for busy weeknights!

Keto fried chicken with broccoli and butter

A quick and tasty one-skillet keto meal. Who doesn't love that? Juicy fried chicken paired with green and crunchy broccoli, topped off with melting butter. Mmmmm... Put this in your rotation for busy weeknights!
4 servingservings


  • 1½ lbs 650 g boneless chicken thighs
  • 5 oz. 150 g butter
  • 1 lb 450 g broccoli
  • ½ ½ leekleeks
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper


Instructions are for 4 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Fry the chicken in butter, over medium-high heat for approximately 3-4 minutes on each side, depending on how thick the pieces are. Season generously with salt and pepper.
  2. Make sure the chicken is thoroughly cooked through. Lower the heat and let cook for another minute if you are unsure.
  3. Remove from pan and keep warm under aluminum foil or on low heat in the oven.
  4. Rinse and trim the broccoli, including the stem. Chop into bite-sized pieces. Rinse the leek, being careful to remove sandy deposits between layers. Coarsely chop the leek.
  5. Fry the vegetables over medium heat in the same skillet as the chicken. Add more butter and garlic powder and stir. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Serve the chicken and vegetables with an extra dollop of butter melting on top.


Switch up the flavors of this workhorse dish with different seasonings (like curry, paprika, or dried herbs) for the chicken. Or try one of our compound butters on top. Alternatively, you can mix things up by switching to a dip; mayo with a dash of Sriracha sauce tastes great and gives the dish a real kick!

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  1. Annie
    Please come and cook ?‍? at my house. All these recipes look ? amazing
  2. Marilyn Walkowiak
    I'm on day 3 of a simple keto diet, have a headache, these recipes look delicious, can't wait to make them
  3. Sam
    This was so yummy!
  4. Andy
    Do you think it would be ok to swap the butter for some mozzarella/cheddar? I don't eat butter...
  5. sally
    Day 2 of keto plan, just had the fried chicken and broccoli, delicious. So far so good heart palpitations and a heaviness in my chest yesterday, but fine today. Watched cereal killer this afternoon, so glad I'm now eating fat !!!!
  6. Grace
    If you decide not to use an ingredient, like leeks for instance, does it change the macros or are we only focusing on eating less than 20g of carbs?
  7. Lynnette
    How do I get started?
    Reply: #8
  8. Peter Biörck Team Diet Doctor
    Hi Lynette!

    I'm not sure exactly know what you mean. :)

    But take our two week challenge if you would like to try Low Carb:

    How do I get started?

  9. Helen
    I’m fasting for about 16 hours a day which means I miss breakfast. Should I still eat 3 meals or am I ok on lunch and dinner?
  10. Angel
    Recipe was really good! I have a hard time finding boneless skin on chicken thighs in the US (no problem finding them in the UK!), so I used bone-in thighs and put on stove top, skin side down, for about 10 mins. Then I flipped the thighs and finished in a 425F oven for 20ish minutes.
    Not sure I understand the point of the leeks - the didn't really add much of anything. I love leeks, but would probably leave out next time.
    Reply: #11
  11. Shirley
    I can answer that. MORE CARBS. There aren't enough carbs elstwise. You should be shooting for 6 grams of NET carbs with this meal.
  12. Joanie
    So are the nutrition facts based on one serving? If we are supposed to eat 2 servings do we double the nutrition info?
    Reply: #13
  13. Peter Biörck Team Diet Doctor

    Yes, double the info if you eat two servings.

    So are the nutrition facts based on one serving? If we are supposed to eat 2 servings do we double the nutrition info?

  14. Amanda
    We made this last night - the broccoli was especially amazing!! Loved it. Second great recipe in a row (we are on day 2 of the 2 week challenge). Thank you!!
  15. Edna
    I so love the food, cannot wait for the next meal
  16. Melly
    Instead of butter on top of Broccoli can I do cheddar?
  17. Julez
    150g of butter sounds like a lot of butter to cook 700g of chicken thigh? (Serving 4 ppl) is this right or wrong?
    Reply: #20
  18. Jamie
    How much is 1 serving?
  19. Victoria
    Rather than regular pepper, I tossed the chicken in ground roasted Szechuan peppercorns and kosher salt. I also sauteed 1/2 onion and fresh garlic prior to adding the broccoli. This dish is a keeper.
  20. Meg
    I agree there was too much butter. And I'm from Wisconsin, ate a pound of butter as a child and still eat butter straight up. I also didn't find the chicken crisp up like the photo. I used a non stick cast iron skillet that might have been part of the problem. I also think olives or capers and lemon wedges or zest would be nice.
  21. td
    hello. ive tried to chamge my meal plan and it doesn't do that on my computer doesn't have an option, but it does on my cellphone. also it doesn't let me to select meals as my favorite. do you know why? thanks
  22. Karolina
    I’m on day two of the keto get started challenge and oh my god the fried chicken with broccoli was absolutely amazing! I’m wondering if it’s okay after dinner to have some tea with coconut oil if I’m a little bit hungry? I skipped lunch today because I woke up late which in turn made me eat dinner early and am a little bit peckish after dinner :)
  23. Anna Springett
    Cooked this for the whole family and it went down a treat!! Yum-diddly-umtious!
  24. Bobby
    I have a question: I see the chicken in the recipe has skin on it, I cannot find skinless chicken breasts or thighs with skinless on boneless meat
  25. Sally Villar
    Hi what is the measurement of the leeks please? 1/4 of what? Cup, gram, tbsp, piece?
  26. -SineCera-
    I never thought "simple" chicken is butter + salt 'n' pepper would come out to be THIS tasty!
    And those delicious, crispy veggies... I added herb-butter on top.
    Mum and me are on this second day of the 2week keto challenge, and we already feel the benefits.
    Plust, really...this chicken in butter.....mmmmmh
  27. Jacolyn
    This is the first recipe that I wasn't a fan of....but all the others I tried so far have been great. Maybe I did something wrong.
  28. Derhonda
    Can sub the thighs for breast ?
  29. Erica
    Made this last night and it’s going to be my meal tonight.
  30. Teresa
    This one is not for me, definitely on the blah side. Vegetables were good but chicken needs more. Positive thing about this meal was it was quick.
  31. DavidT
    This was delicious. Came out really well and the whole family enjoyed it, even my kids (age 5 and 3). Start them young, right? I've been avoiding carbs for a few years, but never really consciously subtracted all of them from my diet like this. I'm on Day 10 and I'm really really really missing my Vermont craft beers (Pale Ales, IPAs and Double IPAs) so I don't know if this is realistic for me long term. I've been sipping Gin after work and on weekend on this diet so far, but I don't know if I can eliminate craft beer from my diet as I live in the greatest state on the country (probably the world) for craft beer.
  32. Lindy Felder
    I really loved the chicken and broccoli. So much flavor in the meal I was surprised. I couldn't find leeks around here anywhere, I went to 4 different stores, so I used green onions. I hope that was okay and I didn't mess up the diet. I also couldn't find boneless chicken thighs with the skin still on so I got the ones with bones and deboned them. Very easy to do. It was so good cooked in the butter! The hardest thing about the diet for me is not having my vegetable juice every day which I love and cooking. I don't cook lol! I don't eat most carbs like rice, bread and noodles anyway so I don't miss them at all.
  33. Yanet Ramirez
    I dont get it !!!!!is 4 portions so how many im supposed to eat a dinner and lunch 2 portions?

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