Romesco Chicken

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Romesco chicken is a quick and easy weeknight meal that will impress any dinner guests. This Spanish-inspired keto romesco sauce is made with red peppers, tomatoes, and toasted almonds. Let this flavor-packed sauce take your dish of roasted chicken and veggies to the next level!

Keto Romesco Chicken Ingredients

  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • ⅔ cup roasted red peppers, diced
  • ⅔ cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup chopped parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 chicken breasts (butterflied) or 6 chicken thighs

Romesco Chicken Directions

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a plate with asparagus, chicken and romesco sauce all over

Finding a keto-friendly recipe, that is easy to make and tastes good doesn’t have to be a difficult task. With just a few ingredients, you can make a romesco sauce that your whole family can enjoy. Our recipe includes roasted red bell peppers from the jar, halved cherry tomatoes, red wine vinegar, olive oil, and sliced almonds. With these simple ingredients, keto romesco sauce should take a total of less than 5 minutes to make. In fact, it should really only take you between 15-20 minutes to finish cooking the entire meal. This romesco sauce nicely complements nearly any type of protein and not just chicken breast or chicken thighs, including fish or steak, and can even be topped on asparagus, roasted zucchini or a low-carb pasta.

chicken and asparagus dinner on a plate

What is Romesco Sauce?

Romesco sauce was first created in the Valls, Tarragona, and Catalonia regions of Spain by the local fisherman for the fish they caught. Although it was initially intended to be eaten with fish, it is now popular with nearly any type of protein, including grilled chicken, steak, and lamb. Romesco sauce is also traditionally made with roasted tomatoes, pine nuts, hazelnuts, leaves of fennel or mint, ancho chile powder, and Nora peppers, which are dried chili peppers. But for the purpose of keeping this recipe simple to make, and easy to find the ingredient, we will be substituting a few of the ingredients. Instead of Nora peppers, we will be using roasted red bell peppers from the jar, and instead of ancho chile powder, we will be using smoked paprika. The traditional version also uses crumbled stale bread or flour to thicken the sauce. Even though this recipe contains fewer ingredients, this keto romesco chicken is still full of flavor and healthy at the same time.

What to Serve with Romesco Chicken

Romesco chicken is incredibly delicious when paired with grilled or roasted vegetables. Roasted asparagus, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, and eggplant go particularly well with the nutty flavor of the roasted almonds and the garlic flavor in the romesco. By putting romesco sauce on top of your roasted vegetables, the smoky flavor of the sauce will elevate your dish. If you are looking for low-carb alternatives for pasta or rice, opt for cauliflower rice, spaghetti squash, or zucchini noodles. These options are keto-friendly and will also absorb the romesco sauce really well. These vegetables are commonly paired with roasted chicken because of their complementary flavors and nutritional value, and the romesco sauce will be the perfect link. Romesco sauce best compliments those that absorb spices, sauce, and flavors, including roasted vegetables and keto rice and pasta.

red romesco sauce in a storage container

Storage

When making keto romesco sauce, it is always a good idea to make some extra sauce. Once you make this recipe, you will constantly be wanting more. To make it easier on yourself, just prepare the sauce early on in the week and reheat it later. Romesco chicken is perfect for meal prep since it can be kept in a storage container in the refrigerator for up to five days. If you easily get bored of meals, you can also put the sauce on a different type of protein or vegetable throughout the week. Romesco sauce is customizable to whatever kind of dish you feel like eating.

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