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.
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!
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! 🙂
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.
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 sauté 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!
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.
You can use specialty dressings too, so I’ve had fun playing with different flavor combinations for creative twists on this staple recipe.
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 sautéed 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.
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. 😉
For sautéed vegetables I like to stick to the Foundation Vegetables list on the Atkins Phase One Acceptable Foods List, and simply chop them up and sauté them in butter with a little salt in a non-stick skillet over medium heat.
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. 😉
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.
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.
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.
All of these are fast, easy low carb sides that go great with the basic parmesan chicken recipe – or your creative twists to it.
It makes such a beautiful low carb meal that the whole family will enjoy, but literally only takes minutes to prepare!
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.
This beautiful spread only took minutes to prep, and all cooked in the oven, feeding four hungry hikers – with very quick cleanup afterward. 🙂
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!
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. 😉 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!