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by Kelly Bejelly

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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:

  • 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 Keto  Restaurant Favorites and I’m one happy mama. 


From Amazon:

Keto Restaurant Favorites answers the demand for a one-stop cookbook that allows you to easily replicate your favorite restaurant cuisine in your own kitchen.

Maria’s recipes masterfully mimic the dishes you love using healthy, readily accessible ingredients. In addition to classic American fare, this book offers recipes for a variety of cuisines, including Italian, Chinese, Mexican, and Thai. Maria even includes favorites from the kids’ menu!

With nearly 170 recipes covering a broad spectrum of restaurant cuisine, Keto Restaurant Favorites is sure to please even the pickiest eaters. Say goodbye to feeling deprived!

This book gives you all the tools you need to re-create your favorite dine-in and takeout offerings in a healthy and delicious ketogenic way.

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Keto Sweet and Sour Chicken

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4


Sweet and Sour Sauce



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. 


  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 

Recipe Notes

Nutritional Info per serving:

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



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  • Kimmy Ripley
    November 6, 2017 at 6:33 pm

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

  • 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

    • November 7, 2017 at 9:45 am

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

  • Dee Johnson
    November 7, 2017 at 11:02 am

    This recipe looks super delicious and flavorful.

  • Rachel
    November 8, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    My mom would love this!

  • 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.

  • bn100
    November 12, 2017 at 9:30 am

    looks tasty

  • cyndi br
    November 13, 2017 at 9:43 am

    this chicken recipe looks tasty

  • Robert Young
    November 13, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Looks and sounds very delicious

  • 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!

  • 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!

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

    I would love to try this recipe.

  • 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!

  • Lisa
    November 18, 2017 at 2:14 pm

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

  • Mary
    November 18, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    This looks wonderful!

  • 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 🙂

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • Buddy Garrett
    November 19, 2017 at 11:23 am

    The healthy recipe looks delicious.

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

    Been contemplating going keto…

  • 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!

  • Rob
    November 20, 2017 at 4:36 am

    My wife would love to have the cool and tasty recipes in Keto Restaurant Favorites  to use everyday.

  • Milt
    November 20, 2017 at 4:40 am

    A fascinating Keto Restaurant Favorites, my wife would enjoy using, and it would be an amazing gift.

  • Marc
    November 20, 2017 at 4:43 am

    My lady friend likes good food, and Keto Restaurant Favorites  would be just marvelous to have and great for all occasions.

  • Paulet
    November 20, 2017 at 4:45 am

    I really like great eats, and Keto Restaurant Favorites  would be wonderful to use all of the time.

  • Malv
    November 20, 2017 at 4:48 am

    The captivating Keto Restaurant Favorites  would be a fabulous cookbbook for my girlfriend to use, and it would be nice to have.

  • Aaron
    November 20, 2017 at 4:50 am

    The awesome Keto Restaurant Favorites  would be just right, for the day and and my wife.

  • Lynette
    January 15, 2018 at 8:36 am

    Could you bake the chicken instead of frying?

    • January 29, 2018 at 12:41 pm

      You can try, it might not get as crispy.

  • Abby
    January 15, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    How many carbs?

    • January 15, 2018 at 7:14 pm

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

  • 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.

  • Debbie
    April 4, 2018 at 6:17 pm

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

    • April 9, 2018 at 8:47 am

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

  • April 23, 2018 at 6:36 pm

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

  • Janet
    August 31, 2018 at 7:01 pm

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

    • September 7, 2018 at 8:32 am

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