Make this Keto Chicken Parmesan recipe for a quick and easy low carb dinner idea for the whole family.
Keto Chicken Parmesan is a quick, easy and delicious Keto dinner idea- that’s naturally low carb. This recipe uses simple coconut flour(or almond meal) without pork rinds – that many recipes have.
Pair this chicken parmesan with Keto garlic zoodles (recipe linked below) for a meal that’s wholesome for the whole family.
If you’re looking for another easy and fast weeknight keto meal, checkout my hearty Keto chilli recipe.
Keto Chicken Parm No Breading? No Worries!
Traditional Chicken Parmesan recipes which use bread crumbs can be very high on carbs. Thankfully, there are a few alternatives to bread crumbs(aka no breading) that fit perfectly on the Keto diet.
Here are some alternatives:
- Almond meal
- Coconut flour
- Pork Rinds
- Parmesan Cheese
In this recipe, I use this coconut flour since we have a big bag on hand. But if you like the taste of almond meal (crushed up blanched almonds), you can substitute the almond flour (for the same amount) in the recipe below.
I’ve made low carb chicken parmesan with both almond and coconut flours, and they both turn out great, with slightly different flavors- but similar texture.
We use the same “keto breading” in the recipe below when making Keto Chicken Tenders (but instead using smaller cutlets of the chicken breast).
Although there are many recipes that use pork rinds in lieu of coconut flour, I have never made Keto Chicken Parm with it, so I can’t say comment.
Is parm keto friendly?
Parmesan cheese is an excellent low carb option to add flavour to any dish. 1 tablespoon of parmesan cheese contains 0.9g net carbs. Parmesan has a strong in flavour too so a little goes a long way.
This dish uses only 1/2 cup of parmesan for the entire batch, keeping this keto chicken parmesan low-carb and delicious in flavour.
To Oven Bake, or Air-Fry?
There are a few different ways to cook your chicken depending on what you have on hand. I use a simple cookie baking sheet lined with parchment paper and our chicken turns out great!
It’s easier/faster for us since we make 6-8 pieces at once for our entire family and leftovers.
If you’re only cooking a couple of pieces, you can use a skillet/ cast iron pan and lightly brown the crusting- stovetop, before transferring to the oven.
You can also toss these crusted keto chicken parmesan pieces into an air–fryer if you have one. This is something I have always wanted to try!
No matter your vessel: oven baking, skillet or air-fryer, this chicken parm will be delicious.
Preparing the Chicken Breast
I buy boneless and skinless chicken breasts and use them as is. I usually try to pick packages that have smaller cuts of meat, so it doesn’t take too long to bake.
If you’re stuck with large pieces of chicken breast, you can cut them into cutlets and tenderize them with (with a meat tenderizer, like this one), and mentioned in the video below:
Chicken Parmesan Side Dish
Traditional Chicken Parmesan is served on a bed of pasta, which is not very keto or low-carb friendly.
Although these keto chicken parm pieces are good enough to eat on their own, it’s nice to have a side dish to accompany it with.
Having a healthy side dish also helps keep your meal more balanced with some added low-carb veggies and fiber (which IMO, everyone needs more of).
It also makes this meal more family-friendly.
In our family, we love making this Keto Zuccini Noodle recipe, as a low carb side dish. Essentially you use an inexpensive spiralizer to cut zucchini into noodles shapes, then lightly pan fry them.
This zucchini noodles recipe is yummy and mimics high-carb spaghetti noodles nicely!
As a bonus, our kids love eating them, and this mama is totally on board with that!
More Keto-friendly Side Dish Ideas
- Pan-fried Brussel Sprouts
- Steamed Cauliflower and Broccoli with garlic and butter
- Lightly fried Green Beans with bacon
- Caesar salad (minus croutons)
Low Carb Keto Chicken Parmesan
This delicious Keto chicken parmesan recipe is a quick and easy Keto dinner idea, perfect for busy weeknight meals. Pair it with Zucchini noodles, for some extra fiber and wholesome delicious-ness!
- 4 chicken breasts (skinless and boneless)
- for dipping:
- 2 eggs
- for coating:
- 1/2 cup coconut flour (or almond flour)
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1 Tablespoon onion powder
- 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1/2 tsp salt
- for topping:
- mozzarella cheese
- sugar-free tomato sauce
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
- In a bowl big enough to dip the chicken in, combine the coconut flour, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian Seasoning, and salt. Stir to combine.
- In a separate bowl (also big enough to dip chicken in) crack 2 eggs and beat/whisk until mixed.
- First, dip the chicken in the egg mixture and then over in the coconut flour mixture to coat the chicken. Put the chicken on the parchment paper and repeat for the remaining chicken cutlets.
- Place baking sheet in preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes
- Take the baking sheet out of the oven, and spoon some sugar-free or Keto friendly tomato sauce over each chicken piece. Then follow up with adding some shredded mozzarella cheese on top.
- Place the baking sheet back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees (use a meat thermometer to check) and the cheese starts to get golden spots.
- Serve with Keto Garlic Zoodles and enjoy it!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 411Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 211mgSodium: 842mgCarbohydrates: 9gNet Carbohydrates: 3gFiber: 6gSugar: 3gProtein: 50g