This decadent keto chicken cordon bleu is as easy to make as it is delicious — with minimal prep time. Rich with cream and spices, this casserole is one you’ll want to add to your roster of keto chicken recipes. Plus, it’s gluten-free, grain-free, low-carb, and loaded with protein to support your healthy keto lifestyle.
This low-carb recipe is:
The main ingredients in this Keto Chicken Cordon Bleu include:
- Chicken (free-range)
- Coconut Cream
Classic cordon bleu is covered in a cream-based sauce and stuffed with ham and cheese. While that may sound low-carb, the sauce usually has a white flour base, and the chicken is typically covered in breadcrumbs.
Even that small amount of starch can take you straight out of keto and into a high blood glucose zone. Instead, stick with this keto rendition of this French classic, with just a fraction of the carbs, but all of the rich, creamy taste.
Health Benefits of Keto Chicken Cordon Bleu
#1. Protein For Immunity
Organic, pastured chicken is considered a “complete protein,” which means that it has all the amino acids you need to build and repair muscle and other tissues.
You need adequate protein even if you’re not working out hard. Protein is essential for:
- Promotes muscle growth and maintenance
- Produces enzymes that are responsible for thousands of biochemical reactions in your body
- Helps make important messenger hormones
- Makes collagen and other structural tissue
- Builds immunity
- Helps transport and store nutrients
So, yeah, you need protein.
This creamy chicken cordon bleu also has plenty of fresh garlic, which is known to boost your immune system.
You’ll get even more out of your garlic clove when you crush it and let it sit for a few minutes before you add it to your food. Researchers found that when you crush garlic, it releases a compound called allicin as a natural defense mechanism. Allicin is known for being a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, both of which are essential for a robust immune system[*][*].
#2. Coconut Cream Is Nutrient Dense
Coconut cream contains a lot of the same beneficial nutrients that coconut oil and coconut do. Think vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats like MCTs, or medium chain triglycerides. It’s rich in vitamin C, folate, selenium, manganese, copper, potassium, magnesium, and iron.
Coconut cream is an amazing substitute for heavy cream in any recipe where you’re looking for a high-fat, nutrient-dense ingredient that most people can easily digest.
#3. Improves Digestion
Most people wouldn’t think a dish so rich in dietary fat and flavor could actually be good for your gut, but this chicken recipe is!
Organic, pastured chicken provides your body with an array of amino acids that contribute to muscle building and a strong immune system. Protein is also essential for a healthy gut.
Grass-fed butter contains a short chain fatty acid called butyric acid, which promotes good gut bacteria and a strong colon[*].
And coconut cream contains an array of gut-healing nutrients and antimicrobials that also support gut health.
All in all, this is a simple keto recipe that will taste as decadent as your favorite restaurant dish. Even cook time is minimal — a perfect addition to your weekly keto diet meal plan.
Serve this rich, creamy main dish with a side of roasted Brussels sprouts or a side of cauliflower mash to round out the flavors.
Easy Low-Carb, Keto Chicken Cordon Bleu
This creamy, cheesy keto chicken cordon bleu is low-carb, gluten-free, and grain-free. Plus, it’s as easy to make as it is delicious.
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or melted butter (grass-fed)
- 4 skinless chicken breasts
- 4 thin slices of ham
- 4 thin slices swiss cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 3/4 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 cup heavy cream or coconut cream
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 4 tablespoons parsley (finely chopped)
- Preheat oven to 400°F
- Carefully cut a pocket in each chicken breast, ensuring you don’t slice through completely. Add one slice of ham and one slice of cheese to each chicken breast pocket. Fold chicken back over to close.
- Season stuffed chicken breasts with 1/4 teaspoon of salt, a pinch of pepper, 1/4 teaspoon of paprika, and 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder.
- Heat a cast iron skillet to medium-high heat and coat with olive oil or grass-fed butter. Sear chicken on both sides. Turn off heat and bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes in a casserole dish until chicken is thoroughly cooked.
- Make the sauce by adding heavy cream, lemon juice, and mustard to a small pot. Heat on high for 5-6 minutes until thickened.
- Season with remaining garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper to taste.
- Pour the sauce all over the cooked chicken, garnish with parsley and parmesan cheese (optional), and serve.
Get the biggest chicken breasts you can find. They’ll be easier to stuff. And although seared chicken skin is amazing, it might be easier to work with skinless chicken breasts.
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 331
- Fat: 19g
- Carbohydrates: 2g
- Fiber: 0g
- Protein: 37g
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