Keto Chicken Parmesan

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The best keto chicken parmesan recipe with crispy breaded chicken thighs and layers of marinara and gooey mozzarella cheese.

Keto Chicken Parmesan Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • ½ cup almond flour or coconut flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups ground pork rinds
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • avocado oil or ghee for frying
  • 2 cups low sugar marinara sauce or keto pizza sauce
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • ½ pound fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced

Keto Chicken Parmesan Directions

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Low Carb Chicken Parmesan

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Juicy chicken thighs breaded with a crispy low carb crusty breading and topped with marinara and lots of gooey cheese?! Sign me up! This recipe for keto chicken parmesan is easy to make and turns out perfect every time.

The chicken thighs are coated with a keto breading mixture of almond flour, ground pork rinds and grated parmesan cheese. The breaded chicken thighs are pan fried in avocado oil to form a crispy outer crust and lock in the juices on the inside.

Next layers of crispy chicken, marinara sauce, parmesan and mozzarella cheese are laid down to complete this magnificent keto dinner recipe.

Chicken Thighs vs Chicken Breast for Keto Chicken Parmesan

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I prefer to use chicken thighs over chicken breasts when making low carb chicken parmesan. Chicken breasts tend to dry out faster than thighs because the breast is a very lean tissue (not a lot of fat content). Chicken thighs retain their moisture easily because they are a fattier cut of poultry.

Besides, on the keto diet, you want to choose fattier cuts of meat over the lean cuts in order to keep your fat counts up and keep you feeling full.

Low Carb Breading

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The keto breading used to form the crispy crust around the chicken thighs is a combination of mostly ground pork rinds and grated parmesan cheese. First the chicken thigh is lightly covered with almond flour. You can substitute with coconut flour if you are allergic to nuts. Next, the thighs are dipped in a beaten egg mixture. And finally, the chicken thighs are coated with ground pork rinds and parmesan cheese mixture.

Ground pork rinds can be made by grinding up pork rinds in a food processor or you can buy them online already ground. The brand I prefer is Pork Panko by Bacon’s Heir.

Keto Approved Marinara Sauce

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An inexpensive option for keto marinara sauce is to make your own from canned or fresh whole tomatoes. I have a recipe for Keto Pizza Sauce that is amazing and very easy to make. You can make it in bulk and freeze the rest for later so you always have marinara sauce on hand when you need it.

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