You know how big of a fan LFLC is with using chicken as a protein source for easy, low-carb dinners! Are you wondering why we love it so much or what you can add to your recipes? Well, this article is for you! We included traditional chicken recipes but also some quick and easy ones. We even broke down the cooking times for each different way to cook chicken.
Why Chicken Is Great For Low-Carb Recipes
Chicken is such a versatile food choice and pairs well with almost anything! (More on the exact foods below.) It is packed with protein which is great for low-carb meals because it will keep you fuller for longer. One serving of chicken breast, at 3/5 ounces or 100 grams, gives you 30 grams of protein! We can’t forget to mention that it is low in saturated fat to keep your heart and cholesterol levels happy.
When you’re eating low carb, you have to be careful to not miss out on any vital nutrients that the body may need to run optimally. Luckily, chicken contains 30% of the recommended daily allowance for vitamin B-6, also known as Pyridoxine. Vitamin B-6 is used to make neurotransmitters in the body which help nerve signals get from one cell to another. It is essential for healthy brain development, helps the production of serotonin (the happy hormone) and melatonin. Plus it contains some vitamin B12 and iron, which is always beneficial for energy levels and healthy blood. Bet you didn’t know chicken was giving you all of that!
When cooking a low-carb dinner recipe, another reason why chicken is so great is that it can be cooked so easily and quickly! We included tons of recipes below so be sure to read on.
What To Pair With Your Low-Carb Chicken Recipes
If you’re wondering what exactly to have with your chicken to make a low-carb, delicious and healthy meal that your whole family will love, we got you covered!
Pretty much any and all veggies pair well with chicken but some classics are roasted asparagus, zucchini noodles, a hearty kale and butternut salad or some cauliflower mash.
We love using chicken breast to top a salad to make it a meal, in stews instead of pork or beef to keep the saturated fat content low, in veggie stir-fries and we even like to use ground chicken to make meatballs for zucchini pasta!
Try out some these low-carb chicken dinner recipes tonight!
Chicken Fajita Stuffed Peppers
If you’re feeling like a Mexican inspired dish for dinner tonight, look no further than this creative way of Chicken Fajita stuffed peppers!
- 2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
- 5 cups cauliflower “rice”
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 6 bell peppers
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Cut the top off and de-seed all of the bell peppers.
- Use a muffin tin to hold the peppers in the upright position.
- Sauté cauliflower rice in some avocado of grapeseed oil for about 3 minutes.
- Add the chicken and all the seasonings and cook for another 2 – 3 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stuff each pepper with chicken and “rice” mixture.
- Bake for about 20 – 25 minutes.
- Ready to serve!
Traditional Chicken Recipes
If you’re looking for more of a comforting home-style chicken dinner that will have you feeling like you’re at your grandmother’s house, then look no further! The great thing about traditional chicken recipes is that they let you get creative in the kitchen to create a delicious meal that you will make time and time again.
Easy Chicken Casserole Recipe
This is an incredibly easy and healthy way to make a traditional chicken casserole recipe! It’s bursting with flavors and nutrients from all the vegetables used – you seriously won’t be disappointed!
- 2 lbs. chicken breast, boneless and skinless
- 2 medium zucchini, cubed
- 1 lb. Brussels sprouts, washed and cut into halves or quarters (depending on size)
- 1/4 cup chicken stock or broth
- cooking oil of choice (avocado or grapeseed)
- 1 tsp. dried thyme
- 1 tsp. dried rosemary
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cups sliced almonds
- Grease a baking dish and preheat oven to 350.
- In a large skillet, heat cooking oil and add the chicken. Season with salt and pepper and cook for about 6 – 8 minutes per side.
- Once cooked through, let cool for about 10 minutes and cut chicken into smaller, bite-sized pieces.
- In a large skillet (with high sides), heat oil and add zucchini and Brussels sprouts. Add the rest of the seasonings and cook for a few minutes, until softened.
- Add chicken broth and cook until a simmer. Cover and cook for 5 more minutes.
- Mix in the cooked chicken and transfer to the baking dish.
- Top with sliced almonds and bake for about 20 minutes.
- When finished, let cool for about 5 minutes.
- Ready to serve!
The Quickest Ways To Cook Chicken
We’ve all been there when you get home late from work and have no time and frankly, no energy to spend hours in the kitchen to get a healthy, low-carb meal on the table for your family. When you are in a hurry, it can sometimes be difficult to ensure a delicious chicken meal because you have to be careful that the chicken is cooked thoroughly to avoid any salmonella poisoning! This can lead to bland, overcooked and dry chicken. Yucky!
Luckily, we’ve broken down each way to cook chicken and how long it should take you, so you can be prepared for your next rushed dinner!
- Instant Pot: These have a “poultry” option you can press, which is usually about 15 minutes. However, you may want to add another 5 minutes to ensure thorough cooking!
- Slow cooker: If you love to “set it and forget it”, a slow cooker can cook up some chicken in about 2 -3 hours on the high setting, while if you’re cooking on low it can take about 4 -5 hours. Just be sure the crock pot has enough liquid to ensure the chicken gets too dry! Using chicken thighs instead of chicken breast may help with this problem.
- Oven: A super easy way to cook chicken breast or thighs is to roast them in the oven. This takes about 20 minutes at 400 or higher. Again, using chicken thighs will help the chicken stay juicier, but if you use some avocado oil or lemon juice on chicken breast, it should stay moist! If you want to cook a whole roast chicken in the oven, it would take you at least an hour to cook all the way through.
- Grilling: If getting those typical grill marks on your chicken breast is more your style, it takes about 6 minutes per side to fully cook the chicken breast.
- Pan-frying: If you slice up some chicken breast into small pieces and fry it in some avocado oil (better option to cook with than olive oil), you can have cooked chicken in about 15 minutes – just be sure to turn the pieces over when one side is cooked!
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