20-Minute Keto-Friendly Blackened Chicken
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20-Minute Keto-Friendly Blackened Chicken

This keto friendly blackened chicken is a low-carb version of a classic. Made with spices like cumin, paprika, and garlic powder and only one net carb.

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Blackened chicken recipes are typically made with blackening seasonings that contain sugar and who knows what else. 

This keto version skips the store-bought seasoning mix, replacing it with thoughtfully chosen herbs and spices for a clean and healthy low-carb meal.

The best part? It’s not only keto but also paleo-friendly and gluten-free.

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This low-carb blackened chicken is:

  • Savory
  • Flavorful
  • Crispy
  • Spicy

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The main ingredients are:

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Optional additional ingredients

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3 Health Benefits of This Blackened Chicken Recipe

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#1: Rich In Omega-9 Fatty Acids

In recent years avocado oil has been getting a lot more attention in the culinary scene for not only its high-heat cooking properties but its fatty acid profile as well. 

Avocado oil is an abundant source of omega-9 fatty acids, also called monounsaturated fats. Although you hear a lot about saturated fats and omega-3s, omega-9s don’t seem to get as much attention. 

These fatty acids can withstand higher temperatures than omega-3s and also offer health benefits — especially for your heart[*].

Avocado oil is an excellent source of omega-9s, with 70% of the lipids in avocados coming from monounsaturated fat[*].

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#2: Enhances Digestion

This delicious chicken recipe is packed with herbs and spices. Among the many benefits of adding spices to your diet is the impact they can have on digestion. 

When you have weak digestion, you’ll often feel it as a stomach ache or bloating. However, one of the often unseen side effects of low digestion is poor nutrient absorption which can lead to deficiencies and feelings of fatigue. 

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Cumin is a spice that’s known for its digestion-enhancing activity. For thousands of years, cumin has been used in Indian culture to support weak digestion.

Research shows that consuming cumin may enhance the activity of enzymes that break down your food — ultimately providing your body with improved nutrition[*].

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#3: Supports Immune Health

Another powerhouse ingredient in this blackened chicken recipe is the garlic. Civilizations across the planet have been using garlic as a healing plant for over three thousand years[*].

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One of the most well-known benefits that garlic has to offer is its immune-enhancing activity. Supplementing with garlic has been shown to not only reduce the likeliness of catching a common cold, but it also reduces the duration of colds[*].

A compound in garlic called allicin is produced when garlic is crushed. Allicin has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity in your body — which may account for garlic’s health-promoting qualities[*].

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Blackened Chicken

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This delicious keto recipe is incredibly versatile. You can make it as your main dish, or even turn it into a keto-friendly appetizer. 

Chicken tenders and chicken wings have their place — but throw this spicy blackened chicken on a skewer, and you’ve got an upgraded chicken hors d’oeuvre. 

  • Author: Ayla Sadler
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Mix together all the spices.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat add the avocado oil.
  3. While the skillet is heating, coat the chicken evenly with the spice mixture.
  4. Using tongs, gently place the chicken breasts in the skillet.
  5. Cook covered for 8-10 minutes, flip, and cook for another 8-10 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165 F. 
  6. Serve with a side dish of our Cauliflower Mac and Cheese.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 chicken breast
  • Calories: 529
  • Carbohydrates: 2g (Net: 1g)
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 95.5
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Blackened Chicken

keto-friendly-blackened-chicken

This delicious keto recipe is incredibly versatile. You can make it as your main dish, or even turn it into a keto-friendly appetizer. 

Chicken tenders and chicken wings have their place — but throw this spicy blackened chicken on a skewer, and you’ve got an upgraded chicken hors d’oeuvre. 

  • Author: Ayla Sadler
Scale

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Mix together all the spices.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat add the avocado oil.
  3. While the skillet is heating, coat the chicken evenly with the spice mixture.
  4. Using tongs, gently place the chicken breasts in the skillet.
  5. Cook covered for 8-10 minutes, flip, and cook for another 8-10 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165 F. 
  6. Serve with a side dish of our Cauliflower Mac and Cheese.

 

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