Keto Sweet and Sour Chicken

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Make two batches of this keto sweet and sour chicken because it’s that good! The perfect takeout creation of crispy fried chicken covered in a low carb sweet and sour sauce.

Now that I’ve fully embraced the Keto lifestyle, I seriously realize how hard it is to enjoy some of my favorite restaurant foods.

My family loves to go to Schezwan Kitchen and trust me, I’ve eating my fill of their amazing gluten-free sweet and sour chicken, but now, like that place is pretty off limits for me.

I usually go to my bag of tricks when eating out and here are some ways that I general am able to enjoy a meal in a restaurant with my family:

Tips for Eating Out on the Keto Diet

  • Eat green food, but be sure to ask for low-carb vegetables such as mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, and Most leafy greens are low-carb.
  • Ensure that you avoid breaded meat; eat grilled meat.
  • Ask for low-carb fruits such as watermelon, strawberries, and Be sure to avoid the high-carb fruits such as bananas, mango, cherries, and grapes.
  • Don’t go for the sugary, high-carb salad dressings that are so popular in restaurants. Also note that many light dressings add carbs to add more flavor, so you are often better off eating full-fat dressings.
  • Watch out for sauces and condiments. Some include mostly fats while others are full of carbs. When in doubt, ask for the sauce to be left off or placed on the side.
  • Going to an Italian restaurant? Create your own meal by order two sides of cooked veggies and ask for a bowl of spaghetti sauce. You can pour the sauce over the veggies, add parmesan cheese and enjoy.
  • To add more fat to your meal, so you feel satisfied, ask for extra butter and melt it onto your steamed vegetables or meat.
  • Most places are good about letting you substitute items. So if you order an entrée, ask to substitute the potato, rice or pasta for a side of their green vegetable of the day.

However there is nothing on the menu, sans water, that I can eat without dealing with cornstarch and tons of carbs at a Chinese/Schezwan  restaurant.

Enter this amazing Keto Sweet and Sour chicken recipe from the cookbook  Keto  Restaurant Favorites by Maria Emmerich and I’m one happy mama. 

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What you’ll need for this Recipe:


How to Make This Keto Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe:

Low Carb Sweet and Sour Sauce – Use only 1/4 Cup for the recipe

Place the tomato paste, broth, sweetener, vinegar, lime juice, fish sauce, salt, garlic powder and ginger in a medium-zied saucepan over medium heat. 

Stir well to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring often. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened to your liking. Remove from the heat and let cool. Sift in the guar gum, if using, and whisk until well combined. Pour the sauce into a jar and refrigerate until ready to use. 

Keto Crispy Fried Chicken

Heat the oil in a 4-inch-deep (or deeper) cast-iron skillet over medium heat at 350 degrees. The oil should be 1 inch deep, add more if needed.

Bread the chicken: Crack the eggs into a shallow baking dish and beat lightly with a fork. In another shallow baking dish, combine the powdered Parmesan and pepper. Dip a chicken nugget into the eggs, then the cheese mixture. Coat well.

When the oil is hot, fry the nuggets in batches for about 5 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through. 

Baste the fried chicken nuggets with the sauce. Serve over cauliflower rice and garnish with scallions, if desired 


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Keto Sweet and Sour Chicken

Keto Sweet and Sour Chicken

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Crispy friend chicken bites smothered in low carb sweet and sour sauce that is sugar-free perfection.

Ingredients

Sweet and Sour Sauce

Chicken

  • 1 cup coconut oil, for frying
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • scallions, slices, for garnish

Instructions

Sweet and Sour Sauce - Use only 1/4 Cup for the recipe

  1. Place the tomato paste, broth, sweetener, vinegar, lime juice, fish sauce, salt, garlic powder and ginger in a medium-zied saucepan over medium heat. Stir well to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring often. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened to your liking. Remove from the heat and let cool. Sift in the guar gum, if using, and whisk until well combined. Pour the sauce into a jar and refrigerate until ready to use. 

Chicken

  1. Heat the oil in a 4-inch-deep (or deeper) cast-iron skillet over medium heat at 350 degrees. The oil should be 1 inch deep, add more if needed.
  2. Bread the chicken: Crack the eggs into a shallow baking dish and beat lightly with a fork. In another shallow baking dish, combine the powdered Parmesan and pepper. Dip a chicken nugget into the eggs, then the cheese mixture. Coat well.
  3. When the oil is hot, fry the nuggets in batches for about 5 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through. 
  4. Baste the fried chicken nuggets with the sauce. Serve over cauliflower rice and garnish with scallions, if desired 

Notes

Nutritional Info per serving:

521 calories, 36 g fat, 45g protein, 8g carbs, 4g fiber

 

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 476 Total Fat: 39g Saturated Fat: 28g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 132mg Sodium: 835mg Carbohydrates: 10g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 4g Protein: 24g

39 Comments

  1. Kimmy Ripley November 6, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Man…. that looks fantastic! Need to give that a whirl!

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  2. Sherri November 6, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    My sister went keto several months ago, and she has lost more than 70 pounds. I’ve been following a paleo diet for quite awhile now, but the keto lifestyle is something I’m seriously wanting to get started on full time. I could certainly stand to lose another 10 pounds, but really what I’m after is to feel better. I have MS, so any reduction in pain and inflammation, plus a boost in energy, would be wonderful at this point,

    I just went out and bought Maria Emmerich’s cookbook a, Quick and Easy Ketogenic Cooking at Costco a month ago. So far I’ve tried a couple of her recipes, and they are really good. I would love to have this cookbook by her, though. I really miss Asian recipes like this, as well as General Tso’s Chicken, Tom Ka Gai, Pho and so many other dishes.

    Thank you, Kelly, for keeping your followers up on recipes, giveaways, webinars and your kindness. You have been wonderful! xoxo

    Reply
    1. Kelly Bejelly November 7, 2017 at 9:45 am

      Aw, thanks Sherri <3 I have 3 more cookbooks to giveaway!

      Reply
  3. Dee Johnson November 7, 2017 at 11:02 am

    This recipe looks super delicious and flavorful.

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  4. Rachel November 8, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    My mom would love this!

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  5. Rebecca C November 8, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    This sounds really tasty. I’ve been eating Keto for about 6 months and it’s life-changing. I’m always on the lookout for good new keto recipes.

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  6. bn100 November 12, 2017 at 9:30 am

    looks tasty

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  7. cyndi br November 13, 2017 at 9:43 am

    this chicken recipe looks tasty

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  8. Robert Young November 13, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Looks and sounds very delicious

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  9. Roz November 15, 2017 at 10:24 am

    I’m not the biggest Asian food fan but I know Maria has great recipes and I’d love to own this book with these kinds of fun foods!

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  10. Claire McK. November 17, 2017 at 11:10 am

    This is my favorite to eat in a Chinese restaurant. I am sure this recipe won’t leave me feeling yucky after I eat it!

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  11. Michelle H. November 17, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    I would love to try this recipe.

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  12. Mary Gardner November 18, 2017 at 7:14 am

    I have been living a fairly low carb lifestyle for the last few years but have not gone full blown keto yet. I would love to have this cookbook to give me some new ideas and it would be much easier to live the keto lifestyle if I were making things that the whole family would enjoy without getting bored. Thank you so much for the chance to win this book!

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  13. Lisa November 18, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Sounds yummy! I’m not familiar with Swerve. Is it easy on the tummy?

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  14. Mary November 18, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    This looks wonderful!

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  15. Kathy Pease November 19, 2017 at 4:41 am

    This recipe looks amazing! I love trying out new recipes on my hubby and will have to try this 🙂

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  16. Karen November 19, 2017 at 8:30 am

    This recipe looks crazy good and i can’t wait to try it. I usually start out great with Keto and then lose interest due to the boredom factor, but this looks so good. I’d love the cookbook!

    Reply
  17. Mary Gardner November 19, 2017 at 8:47 am

    This looks like a really delicious dish! I haven’t eaten asian dishes very often since eating low carb because it makes me miss having them with rice. But I think I would enjoy this chicken own its own without the rice!

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  18. Buddy Garrett November 19, 2017 at 11:23 am

    The healthy recipe looks delicious.

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  19. Dynal Roberson November 19, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Been contemplating going keto…

    Reply
  20. Elicia P November 19, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Note to self:
    when kids go to bed and you check in on the blogs you read…

    DO NOT look at anything that shows food. It is completely food porn to me. Meaning I want to get up and make that dish right now!

    Reply
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  27. Lynette January 15, 2018 at 8:36 am

    Could you bake the chicken instead of frying?

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    1. Kelly Bejelly January 29, 2018 at 12:41 pm

      You can try, it might not get as crispy.

      Reply
  28. Abby January 15, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    How many carbs?

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    1. Kelly Bejelly January 15, 2018 at 7:14 pm

      521 calories, 36 g fat, 45g protein, 8g carbs, 4g fiber

      Reply
  29. JENE P March 27, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Followed recipe, till I got down to the last step. Baste the nuggets with the sauce. Are you meaning toss or cover with sauce and put in oven?
    I’m a novice cook.

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  30. Debbie April 4, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    How can it be 8 carbs over Rice??? I’m confused?

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    1. Kelly Bejelly April 9, 2018 at 8:47 am

      The rice is cauliflower rice hun so depending on serving sizes it can be zero carb.

      Reply
  31. Celeste April 23, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    This recipe seems to be incredible, I’ll do it today, congratulations and thanks for the recipe!

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  32. Janet August 31, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    You lost all credibility when you said watermelon is low carb.

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    1. Kelly Bejelly September 7, 2018 at 8:32 am

      One half-cup of diced watermelon contains 5.5g of carbs. It’s not zero carb.

      Reply

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