Keto Low Carb Smothered Chicken

Keto Low Carb Smothered Chicken

Experience the epitome of comfort and flavor with our Keto Low Carb Smothered Chicken. This restaurant-worthy dish features juicy fried chicken breasts bathed in a delectable gravy infused with crispy bacon. Elevate your culinary skills and indulge in a gourmet meal right in the comfort of your home.

Preparation Time: 15 Minutes | Cook Time: 50 Minutes | Total Time: 1 Hour 5 Minutes

Ingredients:
Chicken Dredge:
5 strips thick-cut bacon
2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup vegetable oil for frying
Chicken Dredge:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup breadcrumbs, plain or Italian
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
Gravy:
4 Tablespoons butter
4 Tablespoons flour
2.5 cups chicken broth
1 beef bouillon cube or 1 tsp beef better than bouillon
1/3 cup half and half (half milk, half cream)
1 teaspoon low sodium soy sauce (can sub Worcestershire sauce)
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/4 teaspoon ground sage
2-3 drops Kitchen Bouquet (optional)
Instructions:
Preparation:
Add chicken dredge ingredients to a large plate and toss to combine. Set aside. Measure out gravy ingredients prior to beginning.
Cooking Steps:
Cook the Bacon:
Fry bacon over medium-low heat until crispy on both sides. Reserve 2-4 tablespoons of clear bacon drippings. Wipe any residue from the pan.

Slice & Pound the Chicken:
Slice each chicken breast in half lengthwise, creating 2 thinner slices. Pound them to about 3/4 inches thick. This provides texture for the flour dredge to hold on to.

Coat the Chicken:
Wipe chicken dry and generously coat in the flour mixture, ensuring every nook and cranny is covered.

Cook the Chicken:
Fry chicken in reserved bacon drippings and vegetable oil until golden sear is achieved. Set aside on a plate.

Drain the Oil:
Remove excess oil, leaving the fond for added flavor.

Make the Roux:
Melt butter over medium heat, sprinkle flour gradually, whisking continuously until a paste forms.

Add Broth and Half and Half:
Add liquid in small increments, whisking constantly to maintain thickness.

Add Remaining Gravy Ingredients:
Incorporate beef bouillon, soy sauce, and seasonings. Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce to a simmer. Add Kitchen Bouquet if a darker color is desired.

Complete the Dish:
Return chicken to the pan, along with any juice. Top with chopped bacon. Cover partially and cook over low heat for 10-15 minutes until the chicken reaches 165 degrees.

Garnish and Serve:
Garnish with parsley and serve with mashed potatoes.

Notes and Pro Tips:
Controlling Gravy Consistency:
Adjust thickness by adding half and half, milk, or broth. Simmer uncovered for a thicker consistency.

Additional Pro Tips:
Ensure oil is hot enough for breading to adhere. Create texture on chicken with a meat tenderizer for a fried chicken look. Thighs or pork chops can be used instead of breasts.

Nutritional Insight:
Nutritional information per serving is provided, accounting for all breading and oil. Customize sodium content by using unsalted butter and reduced sodium broth.

Nutrition:
Calories: 666kcal
Carbohydrates: 26g
Protein: 20g
Fat: 54g
Saturated Fat: 35g
Cholesterol: 92mg
Sodium: 1687mg
Potassium: 472mg
Fiber: 1g
Sugar: 1g
Vitamins: A (456IU), C (11mg), Calcium (60mg), Iron (2mg)
Conclusion:
In conclusion, our Keto Low Carb Smothered Chicken is a culinary masterpiece that invites you on a journey of flavors and textures. Indulge in the richness of the gravy, the crispiness of bacon, and the succulence of perfectly cooked chicken. Elevate your home-cooking experience with this gourmet delight, a symphony of comfort and taste.

Keto Low Carb Smothered Chicken

prep time: 15 MINUTES

cook time: 50 MINUTES

total time: 1 HOUR 5 MINUTES

This smothered chicken recipe is made with juicy fried chicken breasts tossed in a flavorful gravy with crispy bacon. It’s truly a restaurant worthy meal right at home!

Ingredients
5 strips thick cut bacon
2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup Vegetable oil, for frying.
Chicken Dredge
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup breadcrumbs, plain or Italian
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
¾ teaspoon black pepper

Gravy
4 Tablespoons Butter
4 Tablespoons Flour
2.5 cups chicken broth
1 beef bouillon cube, or 1 tsp beef better than bouillon
1/3 cup half and half, (half milk, half cream)
1 teaspoon low sodium soy sauce, can sub Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon dried thyme
¼ teaspoon dried rosemary
¼ teaspoon ground sage
2-3 drops Kitchen Bouquet, optional
Instructions
Prework: Add chicken dredge ingredients to a large plate and toss to combine. Set aside. Measure out gravy ingredients prior to beginning.
Cook the Bacon: Fry bacon over medium-low heat until crispy on both sides. Remove from pan and pour grease into a heat-safe bowl. Reserve 2-4 Tablespoons of clear bacon drippings. Wipe any black residue from the pan if needed.
Slice & Pound the Chicken: While the bacon cooks, slice each chicken breast in half lengthwise to create 2 thinner slices. Place saran wrap over them and use a meat tenderizer to pound them to about 3/4 inches thick. This gives them a little more texture for the flour dredge to hold on to. They’ll plump up more when cooked.
Coat the Chicken: Wipe the chicken dry and coat generously in the flour mixture, get in every nook and cranny.
Cook the Chicken: Add the reserved bacon drippings to the clean pan and enough vegetable oil to cover the chicken by half. Heat over medium-high heat. Once heated and glistening, add the chicken. Fry 2 at a time for about 5 minutes per side, until they have a nice golden sear. Set aside on a plate. Adjust heat down slightly and back up throughout cooking as needed.
Drain the oil: Remove the oil from the pot and use a paper towel to remove any black spots from the pan, but leave any brown remnants. This is called ‘fond’ and will give the gravy a nice flavor.
Make the Roux: Melt the butter over medium heat and use a silicone spatula to “clean” the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle the flour gradually, whisking continuously, until a paste forms.
Add the Broth and Half and Half: Add the liquid in small increments, whisking constantly. It will thicken up in between each splash of liquid. If you add it all at once, you’ll “break” the roux and it won’t be thick.
Add remaining gravy ingredients: Slowly add the beef bouillon, soy sauce, and seasonings.
Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce to a simmer. Add a few drops of kitchen bouquet if a darker color is desired.
Add the chicken back to the pan along with any juice from the plate.
Chop up the bacon and add it to the top of the chicken.
Cover partially and cook over low heat for 10-15 minutes. The internal temperature of the chicken should reach 165 degrees prior to serving.
Garnish with parsley and serve with mashed potatoes.

Notes
*Nutritional information is per serving and is based on using all of the breading and oil without any ingredient being discarded.

To Control the Consistency of the Gravy:
Add the chicken broth/half and half to the roux slowly and in small increments. This is the key to keeping the consistency nice and thick.
For thicker gravy: Let it continue to simmer, uncovered.
For thinner gravy: Add a splash of half and half, milk, or broth.
Other Pro Tips:
Ensure the oil is hot enough prior to adding the chicken to ensure the breading stays on.
Create texture on the surface of the chicken with a meat tenderizer to give the breading more to cling on to, this will give it more of a fried chicken look. Work the breading into every nook and cranny.
Chicken thighs or pork chops can be used in this recipe instead of chicken breasts.
To control the sodium in this recipe, you can use unsalted butter and/or reduced sodium broth. Additional salt can always be added if desired. (You can also omit the bacon, but it does add a nice flavor and crunch!)
Nutrition
Calories: 666kcal, Carbohydrates: 26g, Protein: 20g, Fat: 54g, Saturated Fat: 35g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 12g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 92mg, Sodium: 1687mg, Potassium: 472mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 456IU, Vitamin C: 11mg, Calcium: 60mg, Iron: 2mg