lemon parmesan chicken and cauliflower rice skillet

Lemon Parmesan Chicken & Cauliflower Rice Skillet

An easy, one-pan meal, this low carb, keto Lemon Parmesan Chicken & Cauliflower Rice Skillet will be a family favorite! Tender chicken thighs served over a garlicky herbed parmesan cauliflower rice with wilted spinach is a delicious all-in-one-meal.

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Best Lemon Chicken Recipe – Low Carb, Keto, LCHF, Grain-free, Gluten-free, Sugar-free

plated lemon parmesan chicken and cauliflower rice skillet on a white plate with a lemon slice

During the work week, we have so many instances of being ill-prepared for dinner. I can’t tell you how many times I have forgotten to take meat out of the freezer or was missing a core ingredient for a recipe, only to have us default to take-out. I make terrible eating choices every time that happens.

Sometimes we need an easy meal with staple ingredients. This Lemon Parmesan Chicken recipe is exactly that. Simple. Easily thrown together. And the kind of recipe that can be made on impulse since you likely have these ingredients on hand each week.

I love this low carb, keto-friendly chicken recipe because lemon, basil, and parmesan pair so nicely together. Everything is cooked in one pan, so you have easy clean up as well. Plus, this is family friendly (4 year old approved!) and on the table in about 30 minutes. I couldn’t ask for an easier weeknight meal!

If you need other easy weeknight low carb dinner options, try my Low Carb Shrimp and Cheesy Cauliflower Grits, Smothered Pork Chops in Mushroom Gravy, or Scallops with Asparagus Cauliflower Risotto. These are all ready in about 30 minutes, and are absolutely delicious, too!

overhead picture of a cast iron skillet with lemon parmesan chicken and cauliflower rice

How to Make Keto Lemon Garlic Chicken Thighs

Ingredients

  • Boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Lemon
  • Chicken stock
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Cauliflower rice
  • Basil
  • Spinach
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper

Directions

Liberally salt and pepper chicken thighs. Set aside.

Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Cook onion and garlic for 2-3 minutes until slightly translucent and soft. Move onions to the side and lay chicken thighs in the pan in an even layer. Cook 2-3 on each side. Top with chicken stock and lemon juice. Reduce heat to medium low. Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes until chicken is cooked through.

Remove lid and remove chicken to a plate, reserving braising liquid. Add cauliflower rice, lemon zest, and spinach. Cook for 5 minutes until spinach has wilted down. Add parmesan cheese and basil, stir to incorporate and melt cheese. Salt and pepper to taste. Return chicken to the pan. Squeeze additional lemon juice all over the chicken and cauliflower rice, and garnish with lemon slices, additional parmesan cheese, and basil. Serve immediately.

plated lemon parmesan chicken with a slice of lemon on a white plate

Keto Lemon Garlic Parmesan Chicken and Cauliflower Rice Tips & Tricks

Can I use dried or fresh basil for this recipe? 

Absolutely. I tend to love using fresh basil out of the garden in the summer months when it is readily available, however, in the winter, I find I would likely never buy that in the store unless necessary. If you have fresh basil readily available, it is even more delicious than dried basil. However, it will not be a one-to-one substitute. Use at least 1 tbsp of fresh, thinly sliced basil instead. Wait until the very end of cooking to stir it into the cauliflower rice. No one wants wilted basil–that defeats the purpose of using fresh!

Can I substitute chicken breasts for thighs? 

You bet. Obviously you will have to adjust the cooking time depending on the size of the chicken breast. Because chicken breasts are larger, you’ll end up cooking the chicken longer in the braising liquid than indicated in the recipe. 

However, slicing your chicken breasts in half will keep the cooking time similar. Slice the chicken lengthwise to create a thin breast. Also, chicken breast is also slightly drier than chicken thighs when cooked, so be careful to check your chicken to ensure it is done, but not overcooked.

lemon parmesan chicken skillet

Other Low Carb Keto Chicken Recipes you’ll love

lemon parmesan chicken and cauliflower rice skillet
Yield: 4

Lemon Parmesan Chicken & Cauliflower Rice Skillet

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

An easy, one-pan meal, this low carb, keto Lemon Parmesan Chicken & Cauliflower Rice Skillet will be a family favorite! Tender chicken thighs served over a garlicky herbed parmesan cauliflower rice with wilted spinach is a delicious all-in-one-meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 16 ounces cauliflower rice, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

Liberally salt and pepper chicken thighs. Set aside.

Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Cook onion and garlic for 2-3 minutes until slightly translucent and soft. Move onions to the side and lay chicken thighs in the pan in an even layer. Cook 2-3 on each side. Top with chicken stock and lemon juice. Reduce heat to medium low. Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes until chicken is cooked through.

Remove lid and remove chicken to a plate, reserving braising liquid. Add cauliflower rice, lemon zest, and spinach; stir to combine. Cook for 5 minutes until spinach has wilted down. Stir in parmesan cheese and basil. Salt and pepper to taste.

Return chicken to the pan. Squeeze additional lemon juice all over the chicken and cauliflower rice, and garnish with lemon slices, additional parmesan cheese, and basil. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 348Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 143mgSodium: 368mgCarbohydrates: 6gNet Carbohydrates: 3gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 36g

Nutrition is provided as a courtesy and calculated to the best of my ability using online databases. It is suggested that you perform your own check to ensure that a recipe fits within the scope of your dietary needs.

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