21 Decadent Chicken Recipes That Are Secretly Low-Carb

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When you’re eating low-carb (we salute you), ordering at a restaurant becomes a full-time job. “Hold the bun,” “salad instead of fries” and “grilled, not breaded” are your official catch phrases. Let’s make things much easier. Presenting 20 decadent chicken recipes that just so happen to be low-carb. No modifications, substitutions or omissions necessary.

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Bruschetta Chicken

Replace the crispy bread with chicken—it’s low carb, low-cal and packed with protein.

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Greek Chicken Bowls

Give this protein-packed meal a low-carb upgrade, thanks to cauliflower rice. (We're in your debt, Coterie member Maria Lichty.)

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Vietnamese Curry Chicken and Rice Noodle Salad Bowl

Heidi Larsen’s secret to this low-carb, Vietnamese-inspired feast? Rice vermicelli noodles.

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Whole30 Chicken Meatballs and Cauliflower Rice with Coconut-Herb Sauce

This lean dish doesn’t sacrifice any flavor. And at only 17 grams of carbs per serving, this dinner is about to enter your regular rotation.

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Mediterranean Chicken Breasts with Spiralized Vegetables

Keep dinner simple with a pairing of spiralized squash and chicken by Ali Maffucci. (Don’t forget the feta cheese and Kalamata olives.)

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Instant Pot Chicken Rendang

Ready for something new? Try this traditional Indonesian dish, a saucy, flavorful slow-braised dish. (Instead of rice, serve it with chunks of cucumber.)

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Low Carb Chicken Zucchini Enchilada Bake

You thought enchiladas were out of the question on your low-carb kick? Think again. Thanks, Coterie member Monique Volz.)

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Low-FODMAP One-Pan Chicken Cacciatore

Go gluten-free, dairy-free and low carb with a twist on an Italian-American classic. Chicken cacciatore gets a makeover from Coterie member Phoebe Lapine without losing any of its flavor.

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Spicy Stir-Fried Chicken and Shredded Brussels Bowls

When you were a kid, you hated Brussels sprouts. Now, you're obsessed. This dish featuring shredded Brussels stir-fried with chicken has your name all over it.

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Strawberry Salad with Goat Cheese, Grilled Chicken, and Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

Just add wine for the ultimate summer lunch. (This one is great for meal prep, too, so make a huge batch and toss in the berries right before eating.)

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Hemp Crusted Baked Chicken Tenders

If you haven’t met the hemp seed, it’s time for an introduction. They make a delightfully crunchy “breading” for chicken tenders without flour, bread crumbs or added carbs.

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Basil Chicken Curry Zucchini Noodle Bowls

Bust out the chopsticks for this curry dish, which features summer produce like peaches, jalapeños and corn alongside soy sauce, coconut milk and curry powder.

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Balsamic Cranberry Roast Chicken

Most skillet chicken recipes ask you to brown the bird on the stove before finishing it in the oven, but not this one. We wouldn’t do that to you.

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Family-Style Chicken Caesar Salad

This no-anchovy Caesar salad gets its flavor from olives, Worcestershire sauce and a yogurt-based dressing. Skip the croutons and the dish clocks in at 8 grams of carbs per serving.

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Chicken and Snap Pea Stir-Fry

So you really, really don’t feel like cooking. (We’ve been there.) But if you have five ingredients, a few pantry staples and 20 minutes, this deliciousness awaits you.

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Lemon Pepper Chicken

Paprika, garlic and lemon are the superstars here. Serve over asparagus or any other seasonal veggie for a hearty, low-carb dinner.

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Healthy Garlic Herb Chicken Salad

You won’t have the skip the chicken salad on the barbecue buffet, thanks to this low-carb version. (The secret to the ultra-creamy sauce? Walnuts.)

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Drunken Chicken Zoodle Casserole

Pad kee mao is our go-to Thai comfort food, so we were delighted to find this low-carb twist. It’s easy to throw together, but you won’t lose any of your favorite Asian flavors.

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Keto Sheet-Pan Chicken and Rainbow Veggies

Nutritious and lightning fast is our weeknight motto, and this sheet-pan chicken and vegetable dinner delivers in spades.

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Low-Carb Chicken Divan

Mom’s cheesy, broccoli-filled chicken casserole gets a low-carb makeover for 2019. Skip the cream of mushroom soup and make your own sauce with heavy cream and cream cheese.

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Summer Chipotle Chicken Cobb Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette

Lunch will never be the same again. And since there’s only 9 grams of carbs per serving…extra bacon, please.

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