You guys, I’ll be honest, my family is getting a little tired of the old meat and veggie routine for dinner every night. While it’s the easiest thing for me to make that allows me to stay low carb, I can understand that they are wanting flavor. With the cooler winger month quickly approaching, they are all wanting comfort food so I’m working on coming up with ways to warm up some of my favorite meals with sauces that transform them from boring to brilliant, all while keeping my carbs at a minimum. Growing up I remember my mom making alfredo sauce quite often and for some reason, I’ve just always thought that it was high in carbs. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that this childhood favorite can be made in a very Keto-friendly fashion and when I top grilled chicken thighs with it? Well, let’s just say that this Grilled Chicken Thigh Alfredo Keto-friendly meal has become an instant hit in my household!
I know that when I say chicken alfredo most people thing pasta and carbs and a very heavy meal. While you can totally use a low carb pasta with this dish (I love miracle noodles but don’t even get me started on that) my favorite way to eat this Grilled Chicken Thigh Alfredo Keto-friendly recipe is over asparagus. Here’s exactly how to make it!
- 8 grilled chicken thighs
- 1 pound of fresh asparagus
- 1 tablespoon of avocado oil
- 1 tablespoons of butter
- 2 teaspoons of minced garlic
- 2 ounces of cream cheese
- 1 and ½ cups of heavy whipping cream
- ½ cup of Parmesan Cheese (grated)
- ½ teaspoon of sea salt
- ½ teaspoon of ground pepper
- ½ teaspoon of Nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon of lemon zest
- More grated Parmesan cheese and parsley for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Cut the ends of the asparagus and toss them in avocado oil and sea salt and arrange them on a baking sheet.
- Roast the asparagus for 20 minutes.
- Grill chicken thighs to interior temperature of 160 degrees.
- While the asparagus and chicken are cooking, add the butter and garlic to a sauce pan and cook until butter is melted.
- Add in the cream cheese and cook until it melts.
- Pour in the heavy whipping cream and bring to a simmer.
- Add in the Parmesan cheese while stirring and then simmer for 10-15 minutes until the sauce thickens slightly.
- Mix in the lemon zest, salt, pepper and nutmeg and combine well.
- Plate the asparagus with a chicken thigh and drizzle the alfredo sauce over the top.
- Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese and parsley.
- Serve immediately.
Truthfully, this Grilled Chicken Thigh Alfredo Keto-friendly recipe is quite easy to make and the addition of the alfredo sauce is a perfect way to warm up a pretty boring meal. To start, I washed my asparagus and cut off the tips. Then I tossed it in avocado oil and sea salt and laid it in a single layer on a pan. After placing it in the oven for 20 minutes at 400 degrees to roast, I added my chicken thighs to the grill and grilled them to an internal temperature of 160 degrees. While both of these things were going on, I started my alfredo sauce by adding my butter and garlic to a sauce pan and cooking it until the butter was melted and bubbly.
Once my butter was melted, I added in my cream cheese and continued to cook the mixture until the cream cheese had melted completely. Then I poured in my heavy whipping cream and continued to cook the mixture until small bubbles formed around the edge. Once I saw the bubbles, I added my Parmesan cheese, mixed the alfredo sauce until the cheese melted and then lowered the heat and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes, until the sauce was thick enough to coat the back of my spoon.
Once my sauce had thickened, I added in my lemon zest, salt, pepper and nutmeg and combined it well. Then I began plating my Grilled Chicken Thigh Alfredo Keto-friendly recipe. To start, I added my asparagus and chicken thigh to a plate.
Then I drizzled my alfredo sauce over the top and added a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and a little parsley to finish this delicious dish.
Let me tell you, this Grilled Chicken Thigh Alfredo Keto-friendly recipe was so warm and comforting and honestly, one of the best things we’ve eaten lately and at less than 5 net carbs per serving, it fits in perfectly with my low carb lifestyle.
As the weather cools down, I encourage you to warm up with this simple recipe that your whole family (Keto or not) is sure to love!