Everyone who is trying to eat healthy probably eats chicken. For many of those people, eating chicken gets really boring, really fast. So here are some low-carb, crock pot chicken recipes that you won’t get sick of eating! Delicious, simple to make and even a little exotic! So go ahead, eat well and eat healthy. Enjoy chicken again!
Slow Cooker Spicy Thai Basil Chicken
This one is cooked low and slow all day! Your house will be filled with the delicious aroma of basil and Thai spices turning ordinary chicken into something new and exotic. This one is low-carb and keto-friendly. Try it over the coconut cauliflower rice (recipe below.)
This recipe makes 6 servings.
- 2 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs
- 1 lb green beans (fresh or frozen)
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp dried basil
- 1 tbsp Serrano pepper (or more to taste, jalapeno is fine too!)
- 1 red bell pepper
- 2 tsp Thai seasoning
- 1-1/2 tsp salt (or more to taste)
- pepper to taste
- 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
- fresh basil to garnish (optional)
- Place chicken thighs in the slow cooker, add green beans, coconut oil, basil, hot pepper, bell pepper, add Thai seasoning.
- Turn crockpot on low and cook 6 to 8 hours or until chicken is done.
- Season with salt and pepper, and a squeeze of lime. Garnish with fresh basil, if desired.
- Serve the Spicy Thai Basil Chicken over coconut cauliflower rice (recipe below) – a perfect pairing!
Nutrition Information (1 serving) – Calories: 155, Total Fat: 9g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 46mg, Sodium: 448mg, Carbohydrates: 7.7g, Net Carbohydrates: 4.7g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 3.6g, Protein: 11.5g
Coconut Cauliflower Rice
Makes 8 servings
- 1 large head of cauliflower (3-1/2 to 4 cups cauliflower rice)
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
- 1/4 cup diced green onion or chives
- kosher salt to taste
- lime, cut into wedges
- Melt 2 tbsp coconut oil in a skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Add cauliflower rice and saute until just tender. Sprinkle xanthan gum over cauliflower, add coconut milk, then stir.
- Reduce heat to low and stir occasionally until liquid has evaporated and mixture has thickened. Remove from heat. Add diced green onion and a squeeze of lime, then toss. Salt to taste.
Nutrition Information: (per serving) – Calories: 100, Total Fat: 7.6g, Sodium: 327.7mg, Carbohydrates: 8.4g, Net Carbohydrates: 6.1g, Fiber: 2.3g, Sugar: 2.6g, Protein: 2.4g
Recipe Source: Seeking Good Eats
Keto Chicken With Roasted Tri-Color Vegetables
Easy to make and incredibly satisfying, this keto dish can be made “less keto” by the simple addition of a side salad or a small serving of sweet potato. The basic dish features pan-fried chicken and a terrific trio of colorful and nutritious veggies. Give it a try!
Makes 4 servings
Tri-color Roasted Vegetables
- 16 oz. fresh Brussels sprouts, whole
- 8 oz. cherry tomatoes, whole
- 8 oz. mushrooms, sliced or whole
- 1 tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp dried rosemary
- ½ cup olive oil
- 4 (1½ lbs) boneless chicken breasts (without skin)
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter or olive oil, for frying
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 4 oz. herb butter, for serving
- Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
- Place the vegetables in a roasting pan. Sprinkle the salt, pepper, and rosemary over the vegetables. Pour the olive oil on top and stir to evenly coat.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until the vegetables are lightly browned.
- Meanwhile, heat the olive oil or butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and sauté for about 20 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).
- For serving, plate the chicken and roasted vegetables, and then spread the herb butter onto the chicken for added flavor.
Recipe Source: Diet Doctor
Hasselback Marinara Chicken
People eating low-carb diets tend to forget about some of the Italian-influenced dishes they love, like Chicken Parmigiana or Chicken Rollatini. That’s partly because many people ate those dishes previously with the chicken breaded, or with a side of pasta. Both of these obviously add carbohydrates they are trying to avoid.
This dish gives you the rich flavors of Chicken Parmigiana, with no breading and a serving of spinach baked right in. The recipe calls for Rao’s tomato sauce because it’s low-carb. If you love another sauce use it. Just take note of the difference in carbohydrate counts. This recipe makes 6 servings.
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 10 ounce package frozen spinach, thawed with water squeezed out
- 3 whole chicken breasts
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2/3 cup Rao’s homemade, tomato basil sauce
- 3 ounces mozzarella slices
- salt and pepper to taste
- Pre-heat your oven to 400°F. Place the cream cheese, mozzarella, and spinach in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for about 2 minutes, or until the cheeses get melty and can be easily mixed together. Mix the filling and add salt and pepper to taste.
- Cut several horizontal slices across each chicken breast, Cut as deeply as you can without slicing all the way through the chicken.
- Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
- Stuff each piece of chicken with the cheese filling.
- Brush some olive oil onto the bare chicken tops. Cook for 25 minutes, or until chicken reaches 165°F.
- Change your oven to the broil setting. Top with Rao’s tomato sauce, and the slices of mozzarella.
- Broil for 5 minutes, or until the cheese gets melty and starts to brown.
Nutrition Information: 338 Calories, 18.28g Fats, 2.56g Net Carbs, and 37.96g Protein.
This is a ketogenic diet dish. If you want to bump up the carb count and still stay in the low-carb range, try adding chopped broccoli to the stuffing, or serve it over a serving of zucchini noodles with some sauce.
Recipe Source: Ruled.me
These recipes offer delicious alternatives to boring chicken and vegetables for anyone who’s living la vida low carb, trying to drop a few pounds or who might just be looking for more interesting choices in the chicken category.
As always, if you try any or all of these recipes, drop me a message over at my Facebook page, Coach Phil Hueston. I love to get feedback (of all kinds!)
Keep the faith and keep after it!