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4 creamy tuscan chicken thighs on a nonstick pan atop a marble kitchen table

One-Pan Keto Creamy Tuscan Chicken


  • Author: Sara Nelson
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This One-Pan Keto Creamy Tuscan Chicken is packed with flavor, low in carbs, and can be made and served in just 40 minutes. A nut-free, coconut-free, and egg-free meal, this comforting main dish is delicious and perfect for date night!


Ingredients


Instructions

  1. De-bone chicken thighs (see Note below for video instruction on how to do this). Then, if some of the thighs are quite thick, transfer them to a storage bag, and, using a rolling pin or meat mallet, roll or pound them a few times to flatten so they cook evenly (see Note below for written instruction on how to do this).
  2. In a large cast iron skillet or non-stick pan over medium heat, melt 2 tbsp ghee. Once melted, add chicken thighs skin-side down, increase heat to high, and cook for 2 minutes before reducing heat back to medium and cooking until skin is crisped, about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Flip chicken over and cook until chicken is cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, about 10-13 minutes. Transfer cooked chicken from skillet to a plate, loosely cover plate with foil, set aside, and allow the chicken to rest. Do not discard cooking fat from the skillet.
  4. To the same skillet with cooking fat in it, over medium heat, add chicken broth, onion, sun-dried tomatoes, white wine (optional), garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a slight boil, stir, then reduce heat to low to simmer the mixture. Simmer on low heat for 3 minutes before adding grated Parmesan, heavy cream, and remaining 1 tbsp ghee. Cook for additional 3 minutes on low heat until the mixture thickens. Carefully taste test to check seasoning and, based on taste preferences, add more salt and/or pepper.
  5. Add spinach and gently stir through until almost wilted, about 1 minute, before adding the cooked chicken back to skillet and spooning cream mixture atop chicken. Serve hot.

Recipe Notes:

Skin-On, Bone-In Chicken Thighs Substitution: Chicken breasts will work just fine here, but the resulting dish will have less flavor as breasts are a leaner cut of meat. You can also use skinless and boneless chicken thighs. If you want to altogether not use chicken, pork chops, pork loin, or salmon would be great options; just note that if you go one of these routes, the cooking times and final nutrition information will be slightly different than the original recipe.

How To De-Bone Chicken Thighs: Use this method for how to de-bone chicken thighs. If you don’t want the hassle of de-boning your chicken, you can choose to use boneless chicken thighs, but I’ve often found that bone-in thighs are the more affordable option, so keep that in mind when you’re shopping.

Ghee Substitution: Unsalted butter can be substituted for ghee at a 1:1 ratio. I personally prefer ghee here because it doesn’t leave any milk solid sediment in the pan. Coconut oil would also be a viable substitution option.

Low-Sodium Chicken Broth Substitution: Regular chicken broth will work, but you may need to lessen the amount of added salt, so keep that in mind when you’re cooking. Alternatively, beef broth would work here too.

Fresh Garlic Substitution: Jarred minced garlic can be substituted here. To equate to the 2 cloves of fresh garlic this recipe calls for, use 2 tsp minced garlic.

Italian Seasoning Substitution: Make your own Italian seasoning by combining ~1/2 tsp each of dried basil, dried marjoram, dried oregano, dried rosemary, and dried thyme. If you don’t have one of these spices on-hand, just omit and add a little more of the other spices to ensure you have 1 tbsp of homemade Italian seasoning for the dish.

Grated Parmesan Cheese Substitution: Substitute shredded Parmesan cheese or shredded or grated Asiago cheese.

Fresh Spinach Substitution: Use the same amount that the recipe calls for of thawed and drained frozen spinach.

How To Flatten Chicken Thighs Into Even Layer: Use this method for how to properly pound chicken into even layer.

Net Carbs: Per serving, this dish contains 4.2 grams of net carbs. The recipe, as written, yields 4 servings. Each chicken thigh in the cream sauce is equivalent to 1 serving.

Refrigerator Storage: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. I would not suggest freezing this dish after cooking as thawing the cream sauce will yield a different texture than the recipe intended.

Keywords: keto creamy tuscan chicken, low-carb creamy tuscan chicken

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