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This easy Keto Chicken Cobb Salad is packed with flavor. It includes my 10-minute cast iron skillet chicken breast as well as toppings like no sugar added air fryer bacon, avocado, red onions and air fryer hard boiled eggs. I made this suitable for those following the dairy-free, Whole30 and paleo ways of eating. But, feel free to load up on some or all of the other recommended toppings to suit your tastes.
Why Make This
- Chicken Cobb Salad is an easy lunch or dinner meal prep meal: The main protein, chicken, takes just a few minutes. Plus, this salad tastes great with a range of toppings and dressings, making it perfect for meal prep throughout a busy week.
- Besides that, this recipe fits a range of ways of eating: Depending on the dressing (options below) and toppings, it’s a flavorful way to enjoy a meal that’s Whole30, paleo, and dairy-free.
- Cast Iron Skillet Chicken Breasts: this is an easy recipe from the blog that requires just a few common spices.
- Air Fryer Eggs: save time on boiling water and just make your eggs in the air fryer
- Air Fryer Bacon: you can also make the bacon in your air fryer too!
How to Make This
Make the chicken breasts in a cast iron skillet (for best sear) or frying pan (photos 1-2).
Add the toppings to a bed of romaine lettuce (photo 3).
Top it with your favorite dairy-free, keto, paleo, low-carb or Whole30 salad dressing (photo 4). You can view the recipe variations section for ideas!
Recipe Variations & Cooking Tips
- Swap the protein: I’m using chicken, but you could also enjoy this salad with things like my pan-seared shrimp or air fryer salmon.
- Change the dressing: one way to keep this recipe Whole30 and Paleo-friendly was to use this dairy-free salad dressing. However, you can use my homemade blue cheese dressing, ranch dressing, or creamy Caesar Dressing too!
- Mix it up with the toppings: Keto Cobb Salad is super versatile. Some other options for toppings include blue cheese crumbles, crunchy cheese, and sunflower seeds. You should also know that you can add more or less of any of the recommended toppings to fit your taste.
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Keto Chicken Cobb Salad Recipe
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For the Chicken Breasts
For the Chicken Breasts
- Mix all of the spices in a small bowl (so that they get incorporated evenly) and sprinkle them on both sides of the chicken breasts
- Heat olive oil in a cast-iron skillet or frying pan to medium heat
- Cook the chicken breast for 4-5 minutes per side, or until the chicken breasts reach 160 degrees (they'll continue to cook to 165 degrees as they rest)
- Remove from the skillet from the heat and allow the meat to rest for 5 minutes before cutting.
For the salad
- Add your chosen toppings to a bed of romaine lettuce
- Top with your favorite salad dressing
The nutrition facts come from entering the recipe ingredients into Spoonacular API, a database of food ingredients. They may vary for any recipe based on the exact product used. The keto sweeteners I use have 0g net carbs & are not included because sugar alcohols do not impact most people. This is provided as a courtesy, but you can do your own calculations if you wish!