Cooking with fresh ingredients is, of course, preferred, but sometimes, having the convenience of ingredients like canned chicken can make your life so much easier! Canned chicken is essentially cooked chicken that’s packed inside a tin. It typically contains ingredients like sea salt, chicken broth, and preservatives to help extend its shelf-life.
So, if you’re having a busy week at work or simply having a lazy day, this collection of keto canned chicken recipes will come to your aid. These recipes are rich in protein and low in carbs, helping you keep your health goals in check while enjoying flavorful meals.
1. Canned Chicken Parmesan Balls
These fantastic chicken parmesan balls will take center stage on your dinner spread. They’re packed with flavor and protein, and the addition of wheat germ makes them deliciously crispy. They’re lovely as-is or topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese; either way, they’ll disappear off your table in a snap!
2. Chicken Bacon Dip (Keto)
Tender chicken combined with cream cheese, ranch, mayo, and crispy bacon, this dip will go well with just about everything! Think pizzas, sandwiches, crackers, veggies, and more! Plus, you can store it in the fridge for up to two weeks in an airtight container, which makes this five-ingredient ready-to-eat snack infinitely more appealing.
3. Chicken Crust Pizza
Pizza crusts contain around 20g of carbs — more if you use a regular pizza crust instead of the thin variety. But we can’t have that on a keto diet! Don’t worry, though; you can still eat your comfort food with this genius chicken crust recipe! It’s protein-rich without being too heavy on carbs, allowing you to pile on your favorite toppings!
4. Chicken Stuffed Peppers
These keto-approved stuffed peppers are the stuff of dreams! The recipe calls for stuffing halved bell peppers with a protein-rich mixture of mushroom and chicken, then baking it topped with cheese. You can even make a large batch and freeze them for up to 2 months — perfect for meal prep!
5. Creamy Keto Chicken Salad
This low-carb lunch is packed with a creamy mixture of hearty chicken, red onions, good-quality mayo, and a few other ingredients like celery and mustard in a lettuce wrap. Clocking in at just 1 net carb per serving, so you can reach for seconds and thirds guilt-free!
6. Crispy Chicken Cakes
We’re all for anything fried to crispy golden perfection — like these chicken cakes! Just mix canned chicken with the rest of the ingredients and fix-ins like ranch dressing mix and crumbled bacon and form the patties. Fry them until they develop a golden brown crust, and enjoy!
7. Easy Baked Chicken Nuggets
Made with a handful of simple ingredients — chicken, mozzarella, parmesan cheese, and eggs — these crisp-tender chicken nuggets are perfect for an appetizer or snack. Season them with garlic powder, salt, and black pepper, or choose your choice of seasonings, and serve them with BBQ sauce for dipping.
8. Easy Keto Buffalo Chicken Dip
Serve this buffalo chicken dip on game day, and you’ll have everyone cheering for it more than their favorite teams! The savory dip comes together with canned chicken, cream cheese, sour cream, buffalo sauce, and cheddar, and you can top it with blue cheese for an extra layer of flavor. Serve with low-carb tortilla chips, celery, or carrots.
9. Easy Thai Chicken Salad With Canned Chicken
This Asian-inspired salad is brimming with the most mouthwatering flavors! It uses canned chicken and a pre-made coleslaw mix to cut back on prep time. And the duo is flavored with apple cider vinegar, avocado oil, coconut aminos, fresh vinegar, peanut butter, and stevia liquid for a medley of delicious flavors!
10. Keto Ranch Chicken Bombs
This dish may look simple, but it packs a punch of flavor! The chicken balls are made with canned chicken, black pepper, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, ranch dressing, and Sriracha/hot sauce and are baked until brown and crispy. You can enjoy them on their own, or pair them with your favorite sauce or dip to enjoy yummy flavors in every bite.
11. Keto Stuffed Chicken Salad Cucumber Boats
Cucumber boats have been taking over Instagram and TikTok, and it’s time you jump on this trend! The yummy appetizer calls for scooping a chicken salad mixture in hollowed-out halved cucumbers, then garnishing it with parsley to serve. You can also pack some heat with a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.