This low-carb recipe for Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken makes a whole meal in one skillet! This easy recipe boasts tender chicken thighs and riced cauliflower in a creamy garlic sauce. It makes a perfect dinner for those on low-carb, keto, Atkins, diabetic, or Banting diets.

 

Low-Carb One Skillet Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken-on a plate.

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Low-Carb One Skillet Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken-In the pan.

 

The recipe for One Skillet Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken

This recipe starts with browning both sides of the chicken pieces to add flavor to the dish. The creamy sauce starts by cooking a bit of garlic, then deglazing the pan with a touch of vinegar followed by some white wine (or chicken broth).

 

The riced cauliflower is cooked right in the sauce, so it soaks in all of that good flavor. This makes it seem much less like cauliflower, and more like real rice.

 

Heavy cream and parmesan cheese make the sauce creamy. If you want an even thicker sauce, you can add a bit more cheese, or a tablespoon or two of cream cheese. 

 

A touch of thyme adds an herbaceous appeal to the dish. Finally, a blanket of parmesan cheese is melted into glorious golden goodness. 

 

Low-Carb One Skillet Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken-removing from the pan.

 

The inspiration

This inspiration from this dish came from the desire to create a simple, easy dish that didn’t require a lot of clean-up.

 

The ingredients were determined be what I had in the fridge. The sauce is made using methods from classical French cooking. 

 

The best pan to use for one pan chicken

This meal requires a pan that can be used on the stovetop and can go in the oven. I sometimes use cast iron pans for this type of meal. However, in this case, I felt that stainless steel made a better option.

 

The reason I prefer stainless steel for this recipe is the high acid content of the recipe. The sauce in this recipe contains both vinegar and white wine. Both of these ingredients are acidic–especially the vinegar. 

 

This acid in the recipe can react with cast iron, but stainless steel is non-reactive. Therefore, I prefer using stainless steal in recipes that use ingredients such as tomatoes, wine, vinegars or lemon juice.

 

Of course, not every stainless steel pan can go in the oven. I used this frying pan from Mealthy and it worked perfectly for this recipe. If you already have a pan that works well for this purpose, great! If not, you can get 20% off your order from Mealthy if you use my special coupon code, SIMPLYSOHEALTHY to save $10.00 off a total purchase of $59.95.

 

Low-Carb One Skillet Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken-taking a bite.

 

Dark meat vs white meat

I have made this recipe with both chicken thighs and breasts. Both work well in this recipe, so the choice is yours!

 

Which one should you choose? It depends on what works best for you. Chicken thighs are less expensive, dark meat and a bit more fat. They also have a bit more flavor.

 

Chicken breasts have a higher price per pound, white meat, and less fat. Their flavor is milder. If you use chicken breasts in this recipe, I recommend using two breasts and cutting them in half. This allows them to cook more evenly. 

 

Alternatively, you could use chicken tenders, which are also white meat, but would not need to be cut.

 

Low-Carb One Skillet Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken-on a plate.

 

Best side dishes for chicken

One thing I love about this dish is that it really is a whole meal on its own. Since the riced cauliflower reads as a starch (even though it’s a veggie), you may want to add a second vegetable.

 

A salad of spinach or other greens would work well and give good textural and color contrast to the meal. A few slices of tomato would bring color to the plate as would some simply steamed green beans with a dab of butter. 

 

You could also add my sweet and sour red cabbage to the plate to round out the meal. Seriously, though, this recipe does make a meal by itself.

 

Final words

This recipe for One Skillet Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken makes an easy and delicious meal. Clean-up is a snap! Enjoy!

-Annissa

Low-Carb One Skillet Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken on a serving plate.
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Low-Carb One Skillet Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken

This low-carb recipe for Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken makes a whole meal in one skillet! This easy recipe boasts tender chicken thighs and riced cauliflower in a creamy garlic sauce. It makes a perfect dinner for those on low-carb, keto, Atkins, diabetic, or Banting diets.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, keto, low-carb
Keyword creamy garlic parmesan chicken, easy keto dinner, keto chicken recipe, keto one pan chicken recipe, low carb chicken recipe, one skillet chicken recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 456 kcal
Author Annissa Slusher

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 4 chicken thighs* (about 1.5 lbs) boneless skinless
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine (may substitute chicken broth)
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • sea salt (optional)
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 ounces riced cauliflower frozen
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese (about 4 ounces) finely shredded

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375º Fahrenheit. Heat a non-reactive 10" to 12" oven-proof skillet over medium high heat. Add avocado oil.

  2. Sprinkle chicken pieces lightly on both sides with salt (if desired) and pepper. Add chicken to the pan, being careful not to crowd the pan. 

    Browning one side of the chicken.
  3. Brown chicken on the first side, then turn to brown the other side. Remove chicken to a plate and set aside. 

    Browning the second side of the chicken.
  4. Add garlic to pan and cook briefly, about 30 seconds, to release fragrance. 

    Sauteing the garlic.
  5. Add vinegar to skillet and deglaze the pan, scraping up browned bits. When vinegar has almost completely evaporated, add the wine to the pan and continue deglazing. 

    Adding the wine to the pan.
  6. When the wine is reduced by half, add the heavy cream, frozen cauliflower (I do not defrost first), dried thyme, and any drippings that have collected under the chicken pieces. Bring mixture to a simmer. Simmer until mixture is thick enough to coat a spoon. Stir in 1/2 cup of the parmesan cheese. (If you want to sauce to be even thicker, you may add a little extra cheese to the sauce or a tablespoon or two of cream cheese.)

    Adding the cheese to the sauce.
  7. Remove the skillet from heat. Taste and adjust seasoning, stirring in salt and pepper, if desired. (I added 1/2 teaspoon of salt, but add the amount that works for you) Place the browned chicken pieces on top of the riced cauliflower and sauce. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of parmesan.

    Low-Carb One Skillet Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken ready for the oven.
  8. Bake chicken in the preheated oven for 20-30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and cheese has melted and started to brown. Be sure to use an oven mitt when removing it from the oven.

    Low-Carb One Skillet Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken fresh from the oven.
Nutrition Facts
Low-Carb One Skillet Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 456 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 173mg58%
Sodium 695mg30%
Potassium 215mg6%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 39g78%
Vitamin A 550%11%
Vitamin C 57.8%70%
Calcium 420%42%
Iron 2.9%16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.