So, you’ve finally gone keto, but now you’re probably wondering what the hell you got yourself into. After all, this low-carb, high-fat, moderate-protein diet isn’t without its grueling transition period known as the keto flu (i.e., ultra intense cravings, fatigue, and the tendency to roll your eyes at just about everything). But we’re here to tell you that, yes, you can still find comfort in your favorite flavors and foods without sabotaging your goals.
Enter: These delicious low-carb keto chicken recipes.
Maybe you think keto is all about red meat and despair, or that chicken breast isn’t keto because it’s too low in fat. But rest assured, you can incorporate plenty of tasty poultry recipes into your keto-friendly meal plan. (Surprisingly, the ketogenic diet allows many of the minimally processed foods that are likely staples in your meals already, like these 57 low-carb, keto-friendly foods.)
So, what makes these keto chicken recipes keto while some other chicken recipes (even low-carb paleo ones) aren’t? It’s all about that fat, baby.
If you’re goal is to enter ketosis (and we assume it is), then you’ll need to be somewhat strategic with your dietary choices to make sure your ratio of fats to protein to carbs is on point. So, when it comes to chicken, fattier cuts are your friend (think: thighs, drumsticks, and wings). And if you do go for lean chicken breast, you’ll have to combine it with plenty of healthy fats to stay in that keto sweet spot.
To make your life a little easier, we’ve rounded up some of the best keto chicken recipes out there from long-time keto bloggers Kyndra Holley and Carolyn Ketchum. Bonus: All of these keto chicken recipes feature nutrient-packed non-starchy veggies like Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, tomatoes, and peppers.
“In my clinical practice, I’ve found a high-vegetable version of the keto diet to work the best,” Will Cole, D.C., functional medicine practitioner, told mbg—because, no, as much as your keto self would like to think so, you can’t survive on bun-less cheeseburgers alone.