Italian Keto Chicken and Rice


Classic chicken and rice casserole made in one pot and turned low carb! This keto chicken and rice dinner is made using hearts of palm rice and flavored with Italian inspired flavors of fresh basil, tomatoes and spinach.

Italian Keto Chicken and Rice Recipe Video

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Chicken And Rice Casserole Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 9 oz hearts of palm rice, or cauliflower rice
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil

Italian Keto Chicken and Rice Directions

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If you are on the lookout for quick and easy keto chicken recipes that your whole family will love, then you will love this easy Italian keto chicken and rice recipe! Chicken and rice is an old favorite in many households. It can be made with a variety of ingredients, but this particular recipe is low carb and it is dairy free yet still creamy thanks to the fresh tomatoes that we use to form the sauce.

We use a keto rice in recipe from hearts of palm noodles or cauliflower. The rice absorbs the chicken juices and tomato sauce as it cooks, adding lots of flavor.

You’ll love this recipe because…

  • it’s a one pan dinner – everything is made using one skillet to allow for minimal dishes and easy clean up
  • it’s dairy free – if you have inflammation from dairy or just trying to avoid it, you will want to make this!
  • quick to make – with minimal prep and just stirring you can have your keto dinner ready in no time at all!



a chicken and rice skillet dinner with tomato and basil

Creamy Dairy Free Chicken Casserole

Most keto chicken and rice casserole recipes use some for a cheese or cream to make the dish creamy and flavorful. This recipe uses the creaminess from cooking fresh tomatoes mixed in chicken broth to yield a simple rich flavor. You can always add in heavy cream or mozzarella cheese if you do wish to have a richer flavor.

Meal Prep

This keto chicken and rice recipe can be prepped ahead of time and frozen, so it makes the ideal keto freezer meal. If you like to meal prep, you can cut your chicken and vegetables ahead of time so they are ready to go when you want to make dinner.

a plate with chicken and rice casserole on it next to the skillet


You can substitute white wine or water for the chicken broth in this recipe. This is always handy if you ran out of chicken broth. If you don’t have the hearts of palm rice, you can always use cauliflower rice instead. The hearts of palm rice is nice for those who don’t care for the flavor of cauliflower. Zucchini rice is another delicious substitute.

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Italian Keto Chicken and Rice

Servings: 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 253
Fat 17.4g
Protein 20.4g
Total Carbs 5.5g
Net Carbs 3.1g

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1 Comment

  1. Having this tonight! My husband gets tired of chicken casserole dishes with cheese sauces. I hope he will like this one. Thank you. Love your recipes – Roxann

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