Low Carb Parmesan Chicken Recipe Twists & Simple Sides ~ For EASY Family Meals


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Atkins. The opinions and text are all mine. It includes some easy ideas for simple low carb family meals, and fun twists for your parmesan chicken recipes. Plus easy low carb side dishes, all in line with the Atkins Acceptable Foods List, a great list for low carb food ideas.

Low Carb Parmesan Chicken - Keto Meals

Basic Low Carb Parmesan Chicken Recipe

Since I found this super easy low carb chicken recipe in various places around the web, I’ve been enjoying it as a staple in my low carb lifestyle because it’s such a quick dinner – but SO good! It’s great for feeding an entire family easily, or for weekly meal prep.

You can use boneless skinless chicken breasts, but my favorite is with the skin on. You can also use chicken thighs, drumsticks, or even make parmesan chicken tenders or wings!

The basic recipe for Low Carb Parmesan Chicken is:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Rinse chicken breasts and pat dry. Coat each breast in mayonnaise, then press both sides into parmesan cheese and coat evenly. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes (depending on the size and thickness of your chicken).

The mayonnaise not only makes your “parmesan crust” stick to the chicken, it also makes your chicken come out super moist & tender!

Tasty Parmesan Chicken Recipe Twists

You can mix all kinds of ingredients & flavors into your mayo or parmesan to make this recipe even more tasty! You might mix dill or cracked pepper or red pepper flakes into your mayo for example.

You can also use other low carb dressings such as ranch, or a spicy mayo. And then of course there are creative toppers, like organic salsa and provolone cheese!

Chicken Parmesan Recipes

Paired with a green vegetable, this is a quick & easy meal you can ENJOY even on busy weeknights. Often I’ll put the chicken in the oven, which only takes about 10 minutes tops to prepare, then use frozen steamable broccoli for a quick side item.

Once the chicken is done, you can add a low carb marinara or organic salsa, then top that with mozzarella or provolone cheese, and stick it under the broiler for a minute or two while your broccoli steams… and dinner is done! πŸ™‚

Low Carb Chicken Parm

The toppers do need to go on at the end for best results.

I like to use a simple organic salsa that is very low carb, then put the cheese on top of that, and broil it just long enough to melt the cheese.

Low Carb Chicken Recipe Ideas

I prefer making parmesan chicken with breasts or thighs that still have the skin on, instead of boneless chicken. The fatty skin crisps up nicely and adds even more flavor to your chicken.

Another option is to serve your chicken over a bed of riced cauliflower & broccoli rice. That’s another quick & easy side you can steam in the microwave, or sautΓ© in in butter on the stovetop with a soft low carb nut for a buttery crunch.

It makes a colorful plated meal that literally only takes minutes to create!

Keto Dinner Ideas

I’ve used a Chipotle Lime Mayo or Aioli to make Parmesan Chicken, which adds just enough kick to really enhance the flavor without being overly spicy.

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You can use specialty dressings too, so I’ve had fun playing with different flavor combinations for creative twists on this staple recipe.

Primal Foods for Parmesan Chicken, Easy Low Carb Dinners

Of course there’s always just plain butter if you don’t have mayo & parmesan on hand. Baked chicken thighs are one of my favorites for easy meal prep!

Simple Low Carb Sides

Some of my favorite low carb side dishes to pair with parmesan chicken include sautΓ©ed veggies, mashed cauliflower, cauliflower rice and roasted vegetables.

For mashed cauliflower I use an old-fashioned hand masher with steamed cauliflower and add butter, sour cream or cream cheese, and salt – then top it with a sprinkle of shredded cheddar.

Mashed Cauliflower - Easy Low Carb Sides

Riced veggies are super convenient, and a low carb staple I keep in my freezer for a quick side when I’m throwing together a fast and healthy dinner. πŸ˜‰

Frozen Riced Cauliflower

For sautΓ©ed vegetables I like to stick to the Foundation Vegetables list on the Atkins Phase One Acceptable Foods List, and simply chop them up and sautΓ© them in butter with a little salt in a non-stick skillet over medium heat.

Low Carb Vegetables

My favorite low carb side though, is roasted vegetables.

Take your choice of fresh or frozen low carb vegetables and toss them in olive oil and garlic powder. Bake at 400 degrees until they are done to suit your liking. I like mine slightly charred sometimes, and just barely browned other times. πŸ˜‰

Frozen vegetables take longer to roast, but it’s a quick & easy side from the freezer to the oven on busy nights!

For easy clean-up, I use non-stick foil on a baking sheet.

Roasting Low Carb Vegetables - Great Side Dish!

Cherry tomatoes are a little higher in carbs than green veggies, but still on the Atkins Acceptable Foods List and they add some nice color to your low carb side dishes.

Above is broccoli, zucchini, green beans and cherry tomatoes.

Below is frozen broccoli, cauliflower, cherry tomatoes and asparagus.

Easy Roasted Vegetables

You can use fresh vegetables if you prefer, but I keep plenty of frozen vegetables on hand for those nights when I need a quick meal on the table.

You can even find flash-frozen sliced yellow squash in the freezer section too, which adds some nice color alongside your greens.

Roasting Frozen Vegetables - Easy Low Carb Meals

All of these are fast, easy low carb sides that go great with the basic parmesan chicken recipe – or your creative twists to it.

Delicious Low Carb Chicken Recipe - Super Easy!

It makes such a beautiful low carb meal that the whole family will enjoy, but literally only takes minutes to prepare!

Low Carb Chicken Parmesan - with a Kick! :)

This is my go to recipe when I have company because everyone LOVES it.

This meal for four was made with only two large boneless, skinless chicken breasts (1.5 pounds in weight). The two breasts were butterflied in half to make four pieces of parmesan chicken, and served with roasted vegetables.

Low Carb Dinner for 4 - around $3 per plate

This beautiful spread only took minutes to prep, and all cooked in the oven, feeding four hungry hikers – with very quick cleanup afterward. πŸ™‚

I love that you can put a NICE meal on the table, sticking to low carb whole foods without much fuss. That’s why the parmesan chicken is one of my go-to recipes for a solid healthy meal!

Lynn Terry,
aka @LowCarbTraveler

P.S. I often refer people to the Atkins site for the Acceptable Foods List. The phase one list is low carb friendly and is exactly what I used to get started eating low carb. You can also check out their site to learn more about the “Hidden Sugar Effect” – foods that you think are healthy that actually turn into sugar when digested. You don’t see the sugars, but your body does – and make sure you’re avoiding foods that you may think are healthy, but aren’t actually as healthy as you think.

On Atkins, you eat the right foods, not less – which I love! You never have to go hungry on a low carb lifestyle. πŸ˜‰ They have a new lifestyle book out by that title: “Atkins: Eat Right, Not Less” too that I’ll be reviewing – so check back for more details!


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15 Responses to Low Carb Parmesan Chicken Recipe Twists & Simple Sides ~ For EASY Family Meals

  1. Lynn,

    This has become one of our favorite chicken recipes since you posted it a month or so ago. I don’t even use all the ingredients you suggest. I just use mayonnaise, Ranch Dressing, and the grated Parmesan cheese, and the chicken turns out tender, juicy, and flavorful.

    I’ll have to try some of the variations you give here.

    Thanks so much.

    • Lynn Terry says:

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying it, Suzanne! I’ve been trying different variations of this recipe over the last year, so I enjoyed writing up all the options & ideas to share here in one post.

      I love EASY, so hopefully these ideas will help people mix up their dinners without having to spend too much time in the kitchen. πŸ˜‰ *cheers*

  2. Carol White says:

    Thanks for the recipe. I will definitely try these. I have one for you try and it is good too. I take unbreaded chicken tenders, dip in beaten egg then coat in crushed pork rinds and parmesan cheese then wrap in bacon. I use an air fryer to cook. The whole family loves it.

  3. Sue says:

    Made this last night. Thought I had a package of chicken breast, but they were chicken tenders. It was a pain to remove the tenden, but they worked just fine. I added parsley and garlic to the mayo and I do like to add pork rinds or almond flour to the cheese.

    I haven’t found the califlour broccoli rice. I like the color the broccoli adds to the dish.

    Have a great weekend.

    • Lynn Terry says:

      I just recently found the riced broccoli & cauliflower together, I believe it was at a Kroger store. It’s prettier, but honestly it just tastes the same as plain cauliflower. πŸ˜‰ I like to roast veggies super crisp and add those to my cauliflower rice. That spruces it up a lot!

      I’ll have to try adding crushed pork rinds or almond flour next time I make the parmesan chicken. That sounds delicious!

  4. Helen Burkshire says:

    i’m so glad i ran across your web page. Love the easy and delicious recipes you post. i’ll have to try the mayo, parm chicken breasts, they look really good. Thanks!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Thank you Helen and welcome! πŸ™‚

      Enjoy the chicken, it’s such an easy and delicious meal that everyone loves. πŸ˜‰ *cheers*

      • Liz says:

        Hi Lynn,
        Just trying this recipe tonight & I was wondering if you cover the chicken when cooking? I am thinking that you probably do, but wanted to be sure. Thanks so much for the great recipes! Years ago when I did low carb I found some small round cheesecakes that were delicious! Would love to either find them again or make them. Ever tried your hand at cheesecake? You are so good at all of the yummy dessert recipes!

        Thanks, Liz

        • Lynn Terry says:

          Hi Liz πŸ™‚

          I don’t cover it, no. I haven’t tried that though, so I’m sure it would do just fine either way.

          Cheesecake sounds delicious! I haven’t found any or tried my hand at any of the recipes. If you find those again let me know. πŸ˜‰

  5. Great blog post, Lynn. I liked the “Hidden Sugar Effect” video from the Atkins site as well, and I’m glad to see they are being so proactive in the fight against diabetes in young people. When we’re young, we always think we’re bulletproof (not the coffee, but invincible … hahah). It’s great that Atkins is giving them a fun opportunity to stop and think about their choices and help them be armed with the knowledge necessary to choose wisely. Type 2 diabetes (associated w/obesity) jumped 30% from 2000 to 2009 in teens under age 20, and diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in 2015 in the U.S. Hidden carbs are everywhere. I really appreciate your blogs and groups that are helping so many people learn a better way of eating and better way of life.

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Thank you Cynthia! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. πŸ™‚ And yes – Atkins has TONS of great information on their website. I used the Acceptable Foods List (for phase one) when I first started, and still refer people there almost daily for food ideas.

      Those are scary statistics… very sad. Hopefully we can see those numbers turn around – and fast!

  6. Luis Ferro says:

    Excellent recipe. The vegetables look really excellent. I have been trying to eat less carbs, but I have these cravings, especially when I exercise. Do you have any alternatives that might satisfy these cravings?

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Luis,

      The best thing to do is get in ketosis, where you’re using healthy fats for energy instead of carbs & sugar. When you eat a ketogenic low carb diet (20 net carbs max, 70% fat minimum) – your cravings also go away (like magic!) and it’s a natural appetite suppressant as well, making it easy! πŸ˜‰

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