Chicken is one of the easiest food items to dress up, whether you are dieting or not. This meat is a canvas for personal flavors and creations, giving those following keto a way to eliminate the traditional monotony of eating the same diet foods day after day.
Whether you enjoy sweet and savory, or you are someone looking for tasty and tangy, we have the perfect recipes listed here that are keto-friendly and simple to make.
Yes! There are 0g of carbs in one chicken leg, making them a freebee food for anyone following the keto diet.
You can prepare some pretty amazing meals while still keeping your carb count well under the daily limit.
Being keto dieters ourselves, we are always on the hunt for great recipes to follow. Here are four of our favorite keto chicken leg options.
1. Keto Chicken Thighs with Creamed Spinach (7.3g of carbs per serving)
Check out this fabulous chicken dinner with tasty cooked chicken swimming in a keto-friendly creamy pool of cheesy spinach dressing.
- Salt and pepper
- ½ c. mayonnaise
- 1 can mild Rotel
- 1 8 oz package cream cheese
- 1 12 oz package frozen chopped spinach
- 5-6 bone-in, skin-on chicken legs
- 1 c. shredded Parmesan cheese
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
- ½ c. sour cream
Coat the bottom of a large frying pan in avocado oil and place it on the stove at medium-high heat. Next, add your chicken legs, allowing them to cook until crispy and fully cooked all the way around, then remove them from heat.
After removing the leftover grease, use the same pan to heat your sour cream, mayonnaise, and cream cheese, stirring until they are all mixed. It should have a smooth, creamy texture. Finally, add the spinach, parmesan cheese, and Rotel, stirring until the cheese is completely melted in.
Place the chicken back into the pan and let it sit for a few minutes before serving.
2. Keto Fried Chicken Recipe (in the oven) (0.47g of carbs per serving)
Are you looking for a great fried chicken recipe that won’t kick your body out of ketosis? Well, we found the perfect option for you.
- 0.5 tsp garlic powder, dried
- 1 tsp sea salt, dried
- 3 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 4 oz pork rinds
- 1 tsp black pepper dried
- 1 egg
- 12 chicken legs
- 1 tsp smoked paprika, dried
- ½ tsp thyme, dried
- 1 tsp oregano, dried
- 2 oz mayonnaise
Start by preheating your oven to 400°F; while it is warming up, crush the pork rinds into a fine powdery texture with just a few longer pieces remaining.
Next, combine the rinds with your spices and spread them onto a flat dish.
Lastly, combine the eggs, mustard, and mayo into a large bowl, then dip each leg into the mixture, using a paste to roll your chicken leg onto the plate with the spices.
Once every chicken drumstick is coated in the pork rinds mixture, place them on a wire rack in the oven for 40 minutes.
3. Parmesan Chicken Legs-Keto (1g of carbs per serving)
Do you have a family full of picky eaters? Not to worry, this low-carb parmesan baked chicken legs recipe will bring smiles to everyone around the dinner table tonight.
- 1 tbsp dried minced onion
- 1 tbsp dried parsley
- 1 c. Parmesan cheese
- 1 tbsp dried minced garlic
- 15 chicken drumsticks
- 1 tbsp dried oregano
- 1 tbsp dried basil
First, preheat your oven to 425°F, then lightly grease a cooking pan. On a large plate, mix the onion, parsley, garlic, oregano, basil, and Parmesan cheese, then wet your chicken legs with a bit of water and roll them in the spice mixture. Lastly, pop the pan in the oven and let the chicken drumsticks cook for 45 minutes.
4. Keto Teriyaki Chicken Legs Recipe (1g of carbs in 2 servings)
Are you a fan of slow-cooked meals? If so, here is a delicious slow-cooked chicken teriyaki that will make all keto dieters go crazy.
- ¼ tsp xanthan gum
- Sesame seeds for garnish
- ¼ c. soy sauce
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tsp grated ginger
- 8 chicken legs
- 3 tbsp brown sugar sweetener
Place the chicken legs into the crockpot on low. Mix all of the ingredients listed above into a small bowl until everything is blended together well. Pour the mixture over the chicken pieces, and place the lid onto the pot, leaving it to cook for four hours. (Turn the chicken leg quarters halfway through the cooking phase.)
After four hours, remove the baked chicken legs from the slow cooker, pour the sauce into a pan, and cook it on the stove until it becomes thick. Pour the sauce over the chicken legs and serve.
Whenever you are struggling to come up with an idea for dinner, give one of these great keto-friendly recipes a try.