Keto Chicken Parmesan

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

When it comes to filling comfort foods, you have lasagna, chicken soup and this keto chicken parmesan recipe!

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Juicy chicken thighs breaded with a crispy low carb crusty breading and topped with marinara or tomato sauce and lots of gooey cheese?! Sign me up!

This recipe for keto chicken parmesan is easy to make and turns out perfect every time. This is a recipe for the most delicious keto chicken parm that you will ever taste. This dish is wonderful to serve your family or friends and it comes with a side of asparagus and some buttery keto parmesan bread rolls, which makes it even more comforting. If you are looking for something new to try out in the kitchen, this keto chicken parmesan casserole an excellent option. Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think!

The chicken thighs (you can also use chicken breast) 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 tomato sauce, parmesan and mozzarella cheese are laid down to complete this magnificent keto dinner recipe.

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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

  • Keto Chicken Parmesan
  • What kind of chicken is in keto chicken parmesan?

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    Chicken thigh or chicken breast?

    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 and what I recommend in this chicken recipe.

    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.

    Chicken tenders can also be used in this keto chicken parm recipe.

    Low carb breading for crispy chicken

    breaded chicken frying in pan

    The keto breading (bread crumbs) 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.

    If you like this breading make sure you try my keto mozzarella sticks.

    Keto approved marinara sauce

    homemade marinara sauce in jar that will be used for keto parm

    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.

    Keto Chicken Parmesan: FAQS

    I don't have avocado oil, can I use olive oil?

    Yes, you can use olive oil. I prefer not to use olive oil because it has a lower smoke point (~400-450°F), vs avocado oil (520°F). Once oil hits its smoke point it can sometimes smell or taste bad (but not always) and there is also information that oil past its smoke point can be harmful. So yes, you can, just be mindful of the temperatures.

    Can I use chicken cutlets in this recipe?

    Sure. I am assuming you mean a chicken breast sliced in half horizontally. You will likely still want to pound the chicken. Please keep in mind the macro and nutrition facts for this keto recipe is for chicken thighs, so moving to a chicken breast or chicken cutlet will need to be recalculated.

    What is the difference between this recipe and chicken parmigiana?

    I believe they are the same thing! if memory serves me, 'chicken parmesan' or 'chicken parm' is the American name for the Italian recipe for "chicken parmigiana".

    Nutritional information & Macros

    Nutrition Information

    Keto Chicken Parmesan

    Servings: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 580
    Fat 36.4g
    Protein 59.4g
    Total Carbs 5.6g
    Net Carbs 3.9g

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    1. What a great find this was! My picky eaters loved it as much as I did! I used my air fryer instead of the pan frying and it came out great. I even used my air fryer in “bake” mode for 30 minutes, which was probably to much time, but it still came out good. The cheese was not gooey. Next time I’ll try 20 minutes of baking in the air fryer.

    2. i’ve made this a bunch of times with flaming hot pork rinds and regular rinds. it’s so damn good ! highly recommended !

    3. I found this site by accident, just looking around for good Keto recipes to try. So I tried it – I seasoned the chicken thighs the way I am accustomed (I am from the Dominican Republic lol) and then followed the recipe. Goodness gracious this is gooooood ! 🤤😋

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