This juicy, tender keto cheesy chicken is loaded with bacon & offers a nice nutty crunch from pecans, perfect for family dinner idea or meal prep.
Eating keto is wonderful and great for your health goals, but I’ll acknowledge that it can sometimes get monotonous with recipes. You can only have chicken so many ways, right? Well……you might be surprised. Even though chicken dinners can seemingly get boring, there are many different ways to prepare chicken that are keto-friendly and will keep your menu from repeating itself night after night. Say hello to this delicious keto cheesy bacon pecan chicken.
Our keto cheesy bacon pecan chicken recipe is one example of just how much you can diversify this keto mainstay. It is healthy, rich, and filling. While it is “fancy” enough to serve at a dinner party or holiday gathering, it’s easy enough to put on your weeknight meal plan. It’s perfect for all occasions and this is a great meal that will leave you feeling satisfied.
Keto Cheesy Bacon Pecan Chicken
This low-carb cheesy bacon pecan chicken can be made for lunch or dinner. You will also find that this recipe will be a hit with your keto and non-keto friends and family alike. Oftentimes families have different food requirements, so it’s great to find recipes that most people can enjoy together.
Our chicken recipe has everything that you need in a keto-friendly meal like protein, fat, flavor, and cheese! Yes, I do believe that cheese should get its own category.
What do you Need in Order to Make This Keto Cheesy Bacon Pecan Chicken?
Ingredients Needed for Low Carb Cheesy Bacon Pecan Chicken:
Many of the ingredients needed for this recipe are ones that you might already have on hand:
3 Large boneless skinless chicken breasts cut in half lengthwise
⅔ C. Sour cream
1 Tbsp. Mayonnaise
½ C. Chopped bacon
1 ½ C. Shredded cheddar cheese
2 Tbsp. Dried chives
2 tsp. Minced garlic
¼ C. Finely chopped pecans
Salt and pepper to taste
Tools and Supplies Needed for This Low-Carb Cheesy Bacon Pecan Chicken:
I love recipes like this that take just a few tools and supplies on hand:
9x13 Baking Dish
How do you Make This Keto Cheesy Bacon Pecan Chicken?
If you are ready to make this delicious dish, check out these instructions!
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Layer the chicken in a 9x13 baking dish and season with salt and pepper to taste.
In a bowl, stir together sour cream, mayonnaise, bacon, chives, garlic, and pecans.
Spread the mixture over the chicken evenly.
Sprinkle the chicken with the cheese.
Bake for 25 minutes, and then heat under the broiler for 2-3 additional minutes.
Check the temperature of the chicken with a meat thermometer when you are done cooking it. Chicken needs to be at a temperature of 165 degrees.
How Long Does it Take to Make This Keto Chicken Recipe?
One of the things that i love the most about this recipe is how quickly it comes together! With a prep time of just 15 minutes and a cook time of less than half an hour, you can easily put this meal together, even on the busiest of weeknights.
As busy as I am, I have found that I truly appreciate meals that can be made in less than an hour!
Is This Keto Chicken Recipe Low Carb?
With only 3 net carbs per serving, this is a keto chicken recipe that you can easily fit into your low-carb lifestyle. Afterall, keto dishes typically contain less carbs than low carb dishes. It can be confusing, but rest assured if something like this chicken dinner is keto then it is also makes a great low carb idea.
Tips To Help Make this Recipe Turn Out the Best
Here are some of the tips that I have found that make this recipe turn out the best:
Preheat Your Oven
Many of us like to save time and end up skipping out on the preheating step in recipes. Preheating is there for a reason though. If you put food into a non-preheated oven, you can’t guarantee the cooking time. Your food could also not cook evenly as the oven is heating up with the food in it already. Just save yourself the bake time and frustration by preheating.
Use Large Chicken Breasts
Larger chicken breasts are best for this recipe as they are easier to work with and will also not dry out easily during the cooking process.
Avoid Using Chicken Thighs
Chicken thighs tend to not cook evenly. Although chicken thighs tend to be better for keto, try avoiding thighs in this particular recipe.
Buy Sugar-Free Bacon
When eating low-carb, it is important to remember to buy sugar-free bacon. Or at the least, bacon with as minimal sugar added as possible. Many bacon brands are not sugar-free as it is needed in the curing process, so it is very important to check those labels. If you find a good one you like, stock up on it.
How to Store This Keto Chicken Recipe
Meal prep is a great way to make sure that you are sticking with your diet goals and this is a great keto chicken recipe for meal prep. If you are wondering how to store this recipe, read on:
Keep it in the Fridge for Weekday Meal Prep
If you are planning to make this recipe for your lunches for the next few days, you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 days.
If you want to make it for meal prep, but don’t plan to enjoy it in the next few days, you can store it in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 6 months.
What Should I Serve with This Keto Chicken Recipe
I love finding new recipes online, I also really love it when the post gives ideas for side dishes that pair well with the said recipe. Here are some of my favorite side dishes that I think pair well with this keto chicken recipe:
Air Fryer Broccolli Tender
This air fryer broccoli tender is easy to make and very tasty! Perfect for any keto dinner, but this one does pair very well with this chicken dish.
Loaded Cauliflower Au Gratin
If you want a really hearty meal, combine this keto cheesy bacon pecan chicken dish with this loaded cauliflower au gratin. The combination will keep you filled up and wow, is it good!
- 3 Large boneless skinless chicken breasts cut in half lengthwise
- ⅔ C. Sour cream
- 1 Tbsp. Mayonnaise
- ½ C. Chopped bacon
- 1 ½ C. Shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 Tbsp. Dried chives
- 2 tsp. Minced garlic
- ¼ C. Finely chopped pecans
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Layer the chicken in a 9x13 baking dish and season with salt and pepper, typically 1 teaspoon of each however you can add more or less. The bacon adds salt, so keep that in mind.
- In a bowl, stir together sour cream, mayonnaise, bacon, chives, garlic and pecans.
- Spread the mixture over the chicken evenly.
- Sprinkle the chicken with the cheese.
- Bake for 25 minutes, and then heat under the broiler for 2-3 additional minutes.
To meal prep simple divided the chicken into 6 equal servings, steam some broccoli and add to meal prep containers or separate air tight containers. Broccoli is a fantastic side dish for this cheesy bacon pecan chicken as you can not go wrong with broccoli & cheese. Use each leftover serving with 3 days is best.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 340Total Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 0gCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 28g
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