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This Keto 4 Spice Chicken Breast Recipe is an easy quick protein. It requires just a few spices, 15 minutes and a hot pan. In this post, I share tips to cook your chicken breast quickly and perfectly. I also give you more than five side dishes and sauces to make this an easy keto-friendly dinner or lunch. Perfect for someone looking for a quick, low carb meal idea using chicken breasts.
My Happy Accident
Did you ever have an accident in the kitchen? Not the kind where you slip and fall or burn your hand or something disastrous but the kind where you knock a jar of spices over into the food you’re cooking?
I am not above admitting to my mistakes. That is exactly what these keto 4 spice chicken breasts are. A happy accident. One night, I was making my dinner and knocked over a jar of Italian seasoning into the chicken breasts I was cooking.The jar wasn’t closed so my chicken was covered in Italian seasoning.
I debated about wiping it all off. To be honest, I even thought about scraping my dinner all together and starting from scratch. But I was tired and hungry, so instead I continued on making my very seasoned chicken.
And you know what? I’m so glad I did. This accident resulted in the most well seasoned, simply delicious chicken breast that I decided I needed to replicate my accident and perfect it so I could enjoy it anytime I want.
Why do you need keto 4 spice chicken breasts?
The flavor is out of this world good. The mixture of a healthy amount of an Italian seasoning blend plus garlic and sea salt and pepper make for well seasoned chicken that is anything but boring. Yet, the seasoning gives this keto chicken recipe incredible flexibility so it pairs well with so many recipes.
It’s one of those quick meals with easy ingredients that I am all about. I love making low carb meals that come together in 30 minutes or less. In fact, I wrote an entire post with more 30 low carb 30 minute meals.
This chicken is incredibly easy to make, coming together in less than 15 minutes, making it the perfect meal to make on busy weeknights where you don’t have time to marinate your chicken first.
What’s the secret to cooking the chicken so fast? How to Cook Keto Chicken Quickly
There are several things you can do to cut down the cook time of your chicken breasts and save you precious time in the kitchen.
Buy Thin Cut Chicken Breasts
First, don’t get trapped in the mindset that you have to make a thick chicken breast. If you buy thin cut meat like chicken tenderloins, cutlets, or thin sliced chicken breasts your cook time will automatically be shorter. I like to buy my chicken from Butcher Box – they deliver organic chicken breasts to my door each month.
Make Thin Cut Chicken Breasts
If you can’t find the thin cut chicken you can always cut your chicken breast in half down the center or use a meat mallet or rolling pin to thinly pound it.
The Kitchn has great information about how and when to use pounded chicken and it would fit the bill for this recipe.
Cook in a Hot Pan
Next, make sure you get your pan or cast iron skillet nice and hot.
If you are going with a pan, choose a good pan that will evenly distribute the heat like this 360 Cookware Frying Pan. If you order one from them and enter the code DRDAVINAHS at checkout, you’ll save 20 percent and get free shipping.
4 Spice Chicken Breast Serving Suggestions
This recipe is one of those unique recipes that is so flavorful but still manages to have a neutral enough flavor profile for the chicken to fit into a number of meals.
You could also top this chicken breast with some keto-friendly low carb sweet chili sauce and serve it over cauliflower rice for a low carb Asian inspired meal.
Keto Taco Salad SupremeGet this recipe
Keto Creamy Caesar Dressing RecipeGet this recipe
Easy Keto & Low Carb Sweet Chili SauceGet this recipe
Easy Sauteed Asparagus Recipe with LemonGet this recipe
Other Keto Chicken Breast Recipes
Looking for other keto chicken breast ideas? I’ve got you covered with these:
Keto Bacon Wrapped Cola BBQ Chicken KababsGet this recipe
Easy Indoor Grill Chicken KababsGet this recipe
Easy Cast Iron Grilled Chicken with Cilantro Lime SauceGet this recipe
Keto 4 Spice Chicken Breast Recipe
- Mix all of the spices in a small bowl (so that they get incorporated evenly) and sprinkle them on the chicken breast
- Heat olive oil in a frying pan or skillet
- Cook the chicken breast for 4-5 minutes per side (only flip the chicken once)
- Remove from the skillet from the heat and allow the meat to rest for 5 minutes before cutting.
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!