This Keto Tuscan Chicken is a delicious dish packed with chicken, garlic, spinach, and cherry tomatoes in a buttery, creamy sauce. It’s low in carbs and perfect for a keto diet.
Eating low carb can get a little bland if you don’t stretch out and find new and creative dishes that have a lot of flavor. That’s where this Tuscan chicken comes in. These ingredients are very low in carbs, but pack a ton of flavor.
It’s not a difficult dish to make, but it tastes very decadent and rich. Eating dishes like this you wouldn’t even know you were dieting or cutting carbs.
It’s just a tasty meal. Is it actually Tuscan? No, let’s be honest. This is a very Americanized Italian-wannabe dish. But it uses Mediterranean flavors and we all know that a Mediterranean diet is good for you.
If you can, try to buy free-range chicken. It’s healthier and more sustainable.
Ingredients You Need
- Chicken – For this recipe, you will need chicken filets, which is just a thinly cut breast. You can cut a chicken breast down the middle to create thinner pieces that will cook faster.
- Olive oil – Adds additional healthy fats and it’s needed to cook the chicken. Avocado or coconut oil can be used as an alternative.
- Cherry tomatoes – Cherry tomatoes add a nice sweet acidity to this dish. Usually Tuscan chicken would be made with sun-dried tomatoes, but we replace them with cherry tomatoes because of the carb count.
- Garlic – Garlic brings in an intense savory flavor to this dish.
- Chicken broth – You can use vegetable broth, if you want. Just make sure it is low in sodium.
- Heavy cream – The richness and creaminess of this dish come from heavy cream. You can also use half and half.
- Parmesan – Parmesan adds thickness to the creamy sauce. Use freshly grated Parmesan, if possible.
- Baby spinach leaves – Baby spinach leaves are loaded with minerals and nutrients.
- Parsley – If you don’t have parsley, add cilantro instead.
- Red pepper flakes – Add a bit of spiciness to the dish. You can adjust the quantity according to your liking.
- Seasoning – Salt and black pepper are perfect to season the dish.
How to Make Garlic Tuscan Chicken
Making creamy garlic Tuscan chicken is very easy. Here is what you have to do:
Step 1: First of all, pat the chicken fillets dry using paper towels. Season each fillet generously with salt and black pepper.
Step 2: Heat olive oil in a pan. Once it is hot, place the chicken in the pan and cook for about 3 minutes on each side. Cooking time really depends on the thickness of the chicken. If yours was cut thicker, you might need a minute longer.
Once done, take the chicken out of the pan and put them off to the side on a plate.
Step 3: Melt butter in the pan. Add the onion and cherry tomatoes and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. You don’t want to leave the garlic in the pan too long before pouring in the liquid because it can burn quickly and become very bitter.
Step 4: Pour in the chicken broth and heavy cream. Whisk any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add in the spinach. Cook for 10-15 minutes. The spinach will wilt and the sauce will become bubbly and slightly thickened. Add the Parmesan cheese and whisk again to combine.
Step 5: Return the chicken to the pan. Spoon sauce over the chicken so that it gets coated in the sauce, then let it cook for a minute or two to reheat the chicken. Serve with fresh parsley and red pepper flakes as a garnish.
How to Serve This Dish
Since this is a low carb meal, we don’t want to serve it over pasta, like you normally would. Instead, it can actually just be served on its own. Just serve a piece of chicken with sauce spooned over the top, alongside a salad or some steamed broccoli.
If you want to, you can serve it over shirataki noodles or with cauliflower rice.
How Many Carbs Are in This Dish?
One serving of this keto Tuscan chicken contains 5 grams of carbs and 1 gram of fiber. That leads to 4 net grams of carbs in one serving.
- Buy quality chicken. This is the absolute biggest thing you can do to ensure this dish is delicious.
- You may be tempted to clean out the pan after cooking the chicken, but don’t! Leave the juices from the chicken in the pan and just go on with the making of the sauce. This will give a lot of robust flavors to the sauce.
- Be careful not to overcook the chicken, so it doesn’t become dry.
Additional & Alternatives
If you want to change this recipe up a little bit, you can make a few adjustments or additions:
- Use kale instead of spinach
- Add fresh basil
- Use salmon or pork chops instead of chicken
- Serve the sauce over steamed veggies
- Serve with cauliflower rice, shirataki noodles, or palmini noodles
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Keto Tuscan Chicken
- 2 chicken breasts halved
- Salt and pepper for seasoning
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 shallot diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 10 cherry tomatoes halved
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
- 2 cups baby spinach leaves
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
- Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel. Season with salt and pepper.
- Heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil. When hot add the chicken to the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
- Melt butter in the pan. Add onion and cherry tomatoes and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Pour in chicken broth and cream. Whisk any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the spinach. Cook for 10-15 minutes, until bubbly and slightly thickened. Add the Parmesan cheese and whisk again to combine.
- Return chicken to the pan. Spoon sauce over the chicken to coat. Cook 1-2 minutes, until chicken is warmed. Serve with fresh parsley and red pepper flakes as garnish.
- Serve alongside cauliflower rice or steamed broccoli, or with low-carb noodles.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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