Easy Keto Chicken Recipes for Beginners (10 Ingredients or Less)

Following a keto diet plan can help lower blood sugar and burn fat – but achieving ketosis can be tricky and finding tasty keto-friendly recipes can be an even steeper challenge. These chicken-focused recipes will help with meal planning!

Keto is easily one of the hardest diets to follow – managing your carb intake can be difficult, especially on those days when you feel extra hungry. The trick to succeeding in doing keto lies in your protein consumption and balancing other areas of your diet. The best way for keto diet newcomers (or those inexperienced in the kitchen) to manage the bumps in the road to ketosis is to find easy keto chicken recipes: balanced nutrition and high protein meals are key to feeling fuller and staying on track!  

Knowing how many carbs you can eat on keto is another big challenge. That’s why we gathered the tastiest beginner-friendly keto chicken recipes we could find. Each meal has its carb content listed to help you stay on your wellness journey! 

Table of Contents 
Keto Chicken Salad 
Chicken Crust Keto Pizza 
Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Keto Chicken 
Keto Breakfast Burrito 
Mediterranean Keto Chicken Kabobs 
White Chicken Keto Chili  
Chicken Bacon Ranch Keto Casserole 
15 Minute Keto Garlic Chicken with Veggies 
Keto Air Fryer Chicken and Broccoli 

Keto Chicken Salad 

When you have leftover chicken, there’s nothing easier to whip up than a batch of chicken salad. You can make it ahead of time and store it in your fridge, making it a perfect meal prep essential. Eat in a sandwich, with keto crackers, or by itself for a fast snack.  

Serving size: approx. ½ small bowl 
CARBS 3g     CALORIES 74    PROTEIN 9.8g   FAT 2.3g

Shredded chicken salad using Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise

2 cups of cooked chicken, shredded 
¼ cup carrots, shredded 
¼ cup plain Greek yogurt  
1 Tbsp mustard 
1 tsp fresh dill, chopped 
½ cup green onions, diced 
½ cup celery, chopped 
1 Tbsp garlic powder 
1 Tbsp lemon juice 
Salt & pepper to taste 


  1. Add all ingredients into a mixing bowl and combine until smooth.* 
  2. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before enjoying! 

Note: *Adjust yogurt content according to your preferences. Some people like a dry chicken salad and others like it wet. Taste your salad after mixing and adjust the amount of Greek yogurt according to what you’d like best!

Chicken Crust Keto Pizza 

Don’t skip out on a party favorite! Make a keto-friendly pizza packed with tons of proteins and satisfy your craving for (arguably) the best food to ever grace this earth.  

Servings: about 8 slices (no toppings) 
Serving size: approx. 1 slice (no toppings) 
CARBS 0.40g    CALORIES 137    PROTEIN 20.8g    FAT 5.1g 

Pizza made with chicken, parmesan cheese, and eggs!

Ingredients (for the crust): 
1lb of cooked chicken, ground 
2 large eggs 
½ cup parmesan cheese, grated 
1 tsp Italian seasoning 
1 tsp garlic powder 
⅓ tsp salt 


  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or silicon bake-safe mat) or prep a pizza stone.  
  2. In a bowl, mix the ground chicken, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and salt.  
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs thoroughly and incorporate them into the chicken mixture. Mix well until ingredients stick together.
  4. Take your chicken “dough ball” and spread it as thinly as possible onto your baking sheet or pizza stone (about ¼ inch thick). 
  5. Bake your crust for 15-25 minutes until it’s firm and has golden edges. 
  6. Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes.  
  7. Add your sauce, and toppings of choice and return to the oven for 10-15 more minutes until toppings are cooked to your liking! 

Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Chicken 

Speaking of meal prep, these bad boys make another great addition to your weekly meal menu. This will remind you of a creamy chicken parm of sorts, elevated with the greatest edition: bacon.  

Serving size: 1 breast 
CARBS 5.25g    CALORIES 520     PROTEIN 38.3g    FAT 37.6g 

Delicious, cheesy, and super healthy keto spinach stuffed chicken

4 whole chicken breasts, boneless and skinless 
4 oz cream cheese, softened 
½ cup spinach 
1 cup feta cheese, shredded 
4 strips of bacon, sliced into smaller, shorter strips 
2 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil 
⅓ cup sundried tomatoes, chopped 
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes 
Salt & pepper to taste 


  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with foil or an oven-safe silicon liner.  
  2. Cut 3-4 slits on top of each chicken breast to form pockets. Be careful not to cut all the way through the chicken.
  3. Season chicken with salt and pepper. 
  4. In a bowl, mix cream cheese, spinach, sundried tomatoes, and feta. Season with more salt and pepper, and the crushed red pepper flakes.  
  5. Fill each slit with two pieces of your bacon strip on the sides, and a generous helping of your cream cheese stuffing mixture in the middle. 
  6. Drizzle chicken with olive oil, and sprinkle feta on top. 
  7. Bake until chicken is cooked all the way through (at least 165°F) and bacon is crispy (about 30 minutes). 

Keto Breakfast Burrito 

Ah, the good ‘ol breakfast burrito. This recipe uses chicken sausage in lieu of whole chicken for a rich and robust breakfast feast.  

Serving size: 1 wrap 
CARBS 0g    CALORIES 85.5    PROTEIN 8.5g    FAT 6g 

Use Egglife brand wraps to replace regular tortillas to make a keto-friendly breakfast burrito.

2 egg wraps (storebought works! Egglife is a great brand) 
2 chicken sausages, sliced into small pieces 
2 strips of bacon 
2 large eggs 
½ avocado 
½ cup cheddar 
1 Tbsp olive oil  
A dollop of sour cream 


  1. Add the olive oil to a pan and heat on medium-high. Swirl the pan around making sure the oil coats the entire bottom of the pan.  
  2. Heat bacon and sausage in the pan for about 6-10 minutes, making sure to flip occasionally to cook evenly. Once cooked, set aside on a plate covered with a paper towel to remove excess oil. 
  3. Whisk eggs in a bowl, add cooked sausage pieces to eggs and mix until coated. Add eggs and sausage to a new pan and cook on medium-low heat. Scramble eggs and sausage together (about 3 minutes). 
  4. Once cooked, add half of your eggs, sausage, and bacon to one plain egg wrap. Add desired toppings, and wrap. Repeat with a second egg wrap.  

Mediterranean Keto Chicken Kabobs 

It can’t get much simpler than this! Take a stab at these skewers the next time you’re hosting a BBQ for a colorful and healthy meal.  

Serving size: 1 kabob 
CARBS 7.33g    CALORIES 333    PROTEIN 23.1g    FAT 22.3g 

Chicken kabobs are a fast BBQ classic that is definitely perfect for a keto diet.

6 bamboo or metal skewers 
1 lb chicken breast, cubed into 1 ½ inch pieces 
2 large bell peppers, cut into 1 ½ inch pieces 
2 medium zucchinis, sliced into ½ inch thick pieces 
1 large red onion, cut into 1 ½ in pieces 
½ cup extra virgin olive oil 
½ cup lemon juice 
2 Tbsp fresh dill, chopped 
1 Tbsp garlic powder 
1 Tbsp salt 
1 Tbsp pepper 


  1. If using bamboo skewers, soak them in water for 40 – 60 minutes before grilling so that they don’t burn! 
  2. In a small bowl, mix your dill, salt, pepper, garlic powder, lemon juice, and olive oil. Set aside.  
  3. Place your chicken, onion, zucchini, and bell peppers on your skewers. Placing the ingredients in a random order works best to evenly spread out the ingredients! 
  4. Place your kabobs in a casserole dish and pour your olive oil marinade on top. Allow to marinade in the fridge for 30 minutes.  
  5. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.  
  6. Once preheated, grill your kabobs for 5-10 minutes on each side until the chicken is cooked through (as always, at least to an internal temperature of 165°F). 

White Chicken Keto Chili  

This chili’s considered a bit mild, but if you want something with a little more KICK, check out our recipe for keto chili with ground beef and spicy green peppers!  

Servings: 12 
Serving size: approx. 1 small bowl 
CARBS 5g     CALORIES  235     PROTEIN 18g     FAT 12g 

Cold nights deserve a warm bowl of chicken keto chili!

8 chicken breasts, boneless & skinless, sliced into ½ inch strips 
5 cloves of garlic, crushed 
1 large onion, diced 
28 oz can of crushed tomatoes 
1 ½ cup water 
4 Tbsp chili powder 
6 tsp onion powder 
2 Tbsp cumin powder 
6 oz cream cheese, chopped into small cubes** 
3 tsp sea salt 


  1. Toss your sliced chicken, chili powder, onion powder, cumin, sea salt, garlic, onion, crushed tomato, and water into a slow cooker. Cook on high for 30 minutes. 
  2. Reduce your slow cooker to a low setting after half an hour and allow the chili to cook for 3-4 hours until the chicken easily comes apart. 
  3. After this, add cream cheese to the chili.  
  4. Stir the chili until the chicken is shredded and the cream cheese has blended in well. 
  5. Set your slow cooker to the warmer setting until ready to serve.  
  6. Top with shredded chicken, cheese, sour cream, and jalapeños for a Martha Stewart-worthy presentation.  

Note: *The cream cheese comes later in the recipe after hours of cooking, so it’s best to store it in the fridge until you’re ready to add it to the chili. 

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole 

Got an upcoming potluck but still want to keep with your diet? Nobody will ever know this is keto! Who can say no to bacon cheesy goodness? That’s right, NOBODY!  

Serving size: approx. 1 piece 
CARBS 6g    CALORIES 447    PROTEIN 37.3g    FAT 35.8g 

This keto casserole is packed with cheese and creamy ranch.

4 cups of cooked chicken, shredded 
8 slices of cooked bacon, chopped 
4 cloves of garlic, minced 
1 cup of ranch dressing 
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded 
1 cup smoked gouda, shredded 
4 cups broccoli florets, cooked 


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F.
  2. Combine chicken, bacon, cooked broccoli, garlic, ranch dressing, and ½ cup of each of your shredded cheeses in a bowl. Mix well.  
  3. Once incorporated together, pour into a 10×14 inch (or similar) glass casserole dish.  
  4. Top the casserole with your remaining cheddar and gouda cheeses. 

15 Minute Garlic Chicken with Veggies 

For a fast and easy meal, this is your go-to! Plus, it’s easy to make a large batch for meal prep.  

Serving size: approx. 2 scoops 
CARBS 7g   CALORIES 358   PROTEIN 30g    FAT 23g 

Garlic chicken, spinach, and broccoli pairs well with riced cauliflower or zoodles.

3 chicken breasts, sliced into small pieces 
2 Tbsp olive oil 
½ cup tomatoes, chopped 
2 cup broccoli florets 
2 cup baby spinach 
3 cloves of garlic, minced 
1 tsp Italian seasoning 
½ cup mozzarella, shredded 
4 oz cream cheese 
Salt and pepper to taste 

1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 


  1. Season chicken pieces with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. 
  2. Heat your olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. 
  3. Add chicken to pan and sauté for 4-5 minutes.  
  4. Add minced garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Then, add tomato, broccoli, spinach, mozzarella, and cream cheese. Cook for another 3 – 4 minutes. 
  5. Remove from oven and top with crumbled bacon.
  6. Serve by itself or with zoodles or riced cauliflower.  

Keto Air Fryer Chicken and Broccoli 

This is an alternative to the infamous keto fried chicken, which has a high fat and calorie content! Each bite has a delicious sesame flavor and satisfying crispy texture that makes it a perfect low-carb, savory dish.  

Serving size: approx. 1 bowl 
CARBS 11g     CALORIES 225     PROTEIN 29g     FAT  1g 

Air fryer chicken and broccoli ready in minutes.

3 chicken breasts, boneless & skinless, cut into bite-sized cubes 
2 cup broccoli florets 
1 Tbsp olive oil 
1 tsp sesame oil 
2 tsp sriracha 
1 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce 
1 clove of garlic, minced 
Salt and pepper to taste 

½ tsp garlic powder 


  1. Mix olive oil, soy sauce, sesame oil, sriracha, garlic, salt, and pepper in a bowl. 
  2. Mix chicken pieces and broccoli in a bowl and cover with your sauce. Feel free to substitute with any oil that has a high smoke point. Avocado oil, safflower oil, and peanut oil work just as well!  
  3. Once coated, put chicken and broccoli in your air fryer and cook on 370°F for 15 minutes. 

While chicken is an easy way to fill up when you’re on a low-carb diet, there are plenty of other foods that are filled with protein: canned tuna, Greek yogurt, almonds, salmon, tofu, peanut butter, tempeh, and black beans are also great low-carb options. There are thousands of keto chicken recipes available online, but don’t let that limit you! Experiment with your favorite foods and see where they take you on your journey with the keto diet. 

For more easy keto meal ideas, check out these keto recipes for great food inspiration!  

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