Chicken is not only low in carbohydrates (carbs), but it is also high in protein and many nutrients that the body needs to stay healthy. Heart healthy chicken is a great centerpiece to any meal and since it can be prepared in so many ways, the menu options are endless. Living a low-carb lifestyle doesn’t have to be boring.
Chicken is also a good choice because it is a high quality protein, meaning it contains the eight essential amino acids a body needs for health. While the white meat of the breast has less fat than the dark meat of thighs and legs, the protein is the same. Either one is a good option, depending on your tastes and recipes. Choosing chicken as part of a low carb diet will help you meet your health goals.
Top 50 Chicken Recipes, Low Carb Style
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1. Paleo Chinese Chicken Salad
Perfect for hot summer nights when you don’t want to actually turn on the oven, this low-carb chicken salad is full of flavor and spice. Simply made with an already cooked rotisserie chicken, it has a carrot and cabbage base that is accented with flavors of the Orient. Best of all, the dressing really packs a punch. Among other ingredients, spicy chili oil added to sriracha sauce gives this highly seasoned dressing a bang that is a delight to your senses.
2. Chicken And Peppers In White Sauce
Full of nutrients, the colorful peppers in this low-carb chicken recipe are pleasing to the eye as well as the palette. The sweet red peppers mixed with the more tangy green bell peppers and onions really shine through among the chicken and mild, but flavorful white sauce of this colorful and savory dish. Tender pasta compliments and rounds out this one dish meal that is simple to make yet delicious and satisfying.
3. Super Easy Korean Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Traditional Korean barbeque sauce adds loads of flavor to the sliced chicken breast in this healthy version of a wrap. Chicken marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, garlic, sugar, and sesame oil becomes so tasty after a quick pan sauté that it will leave you looking for more. Add some sesame seeds, veggies, and an extra drizzle of the marinade to the lettuce leaf, and you will have a perfectly simple, easy week night dinner to add to your low-carb diet.
4. Buffalo Chicken Jalapeno Popper Casserole
Those who like a spicy meal should get really excited about this Jalapeño chicken popper dish. Jalapeño peppers and red hot Buffalo sauce add a jump kick to the virtually no carb chicken thighs. Plus, the rich and delicious combination of cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and mozzarella cheese spread over the chicken gives the mouth a jubilant flavor blast in every bite. But, of course, the bacon is the piece-de-resistance because, let’s face it, everything tastes better with a mouthful of bacon.
5. Blackened Chicken With Roasted Garlic Alfredo
Cajun meets Italian in this quick, easy to prepare week night chicken dinner. The chicken is simply prepared by coating it with Cajun seasoning before putting it in the oven to bake. Served on top of bow-tie pasta that has been combined with garlic roasted alfredo sauce and then sprinkled with extra Parmesan cheese, this is one of those low-carb chicken recipes that couples two paradoxical flavors in a one delectable dinner dish.
6. 5 Min Spicy Asian Chicken Salad Paleo Friendly
Grab a pair of chopsticks and get ready to eat because this Asian chicken salad will be ready in only five minutes. Featuring shredded kale, cabbage, and carrots as the main base, a store-cooked rotisserie chicken adds a healthy serving of protein to this meal. The Asian flair comes from the “dressing” that is just tossed in with the vegetables. This carb free chicken salad is also gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, Paleo friendly, but full of nutrients and lots of delicious, Oriental flavor.
7. Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken
Outdoor grilling is iconic with summertime, and this Southwestern classic is the perfect choice for a tasty meal. Pounding the chicken to an even thickness and marinating it for at least 30 minutes in a combination of lime juice and other ingredients assures that the chicken will remain juicy throughout the grilling. While lime is the predominant flavor, the parsley-like flavor of the cilantro is the ideal compliment. This low-carb chicken pairs perfectly with a green salad or other vegetables.
8. Chicken And Broccoli Stir
Forget calling for Chinese food take-out, and stir fry up a batch of this restaurant style Chicken and Broccoli. This beautifully flavored, low calorie chicken dish is reminiscent of a restaurant meal without all the calories. Tender white meat chicken is cut into manageable pieces and quickly stir fried until brown and lightly crispy on the outside. Fresh broccoli is steamed until tender crisp and added to the chicken and the simple, but delicious sauce. This is a one pan meal you will want to make frequently.
9. Skinny Bruschetta Chicken
Versatile Skinny Bruschetta Chicken can be grilled, baked, or pan fried to suit your needs and tastes at the moment. That is because the main attraction of this meal is really the colorful and appetizing bruschetta topping. This perfect accompaniment to the chicken comes from your garden’s bounties. Diced tomatoes, fresh basil, red onion, and garlic combine with virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar to achieve a burst of flavor that makes this summer meal one of the tastiest low-carb foods around.
10. Coconut Chicken Thai Curry
When you are searching for an exotic low-carb chicken recipe, look no further than Coconut Chicken Thai Curry. And, even though the flavors may seem exotic, you will find that you can create this meal in under 30 minutes. Full of healthy vegetables such as red bell peppers, zucchini squash, and green onions this meal consists of a variety of textures and colors to whet your appetite. Coconut milk and red curry paste are the keys that meld the flavors of the chicken and vegetables into a sumptuous curry meal.