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Last Updated on December 6, 2020

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

Keto Sweet and Sour Chicken covered with keto sweet and sour sauce on a white place with cauliflower rice

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 really wanted to be able to enjoy a keto sweet and sour sauce that tasted like the restuarant so I was super happy to discover this recipe.

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.  The Keto Sweet and Sour Sauce is amazing!

Photo of the keto Restaurant Favorites cookbook by maria Emmerich.

 You know you need this cookbook so buy it today

What you’ll need for this Recipe:


How to Make This Recipe:

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

Place the tomato paste, broth, sweetener, vinegar, lime juice  (it is better to use a juicer for citruses), fish sauce, salt, garlic powder and ginger in a medium-sized 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 (low carb)

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
Yield: 4

Keto Sweet and Sour Chicken

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

Keto 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: 476Total Fat: 39gSaturated Fat: 28gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 132mgSodium: 835mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 24g

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Evy

Monday 23rd of March 2020

Thanks for this recipe! I was too lazy to bread and fry the chicken. Just cut up some chicken thighs salt pepper and a little garlic powder and cooked them till done. Made the sauce with a couple small changes and used a third of it for the chicken. It was really great I really appreciate it. Froze the other two parts for future dinner ❤️

Kelly Bejelly

Wednesday 8th of April 2020

Thanks for the feedback and I do the same thing when I don't want to do all the frying!

Judy

Saturday 19th of October 2019

Hi a quick question on the nutrition info. It's in two different places and is different. In your Notes at the bottom of the recipe, it says 8 carbs, 4g fiber, which would be 4 net carbs. Then scroll down a little and it says Nutrition Information. There it says it's 10 carbs with 1 gram of fiber. Which one is correct? And this is just for the chicken and sauce, no cauliflower rice, correct? Thank you!

Kelly Bejelly

Sunday 29th of December 2019

I would follow the info in the notes.

Jill Roberts @ Wellnessgeeky.com

Monday 5th of August 2019

I'm ashamed to say that I've never had keto sweet and sour chicken! This recipe looks great though so hopefully that will change! Thanks for posting it, Kelly!

Kelly Bejelly

Tuesday 27th of August 2019

Enjoy it Jill!

Janet

Friday 31st of August 2018

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

Kelly Bejelly

Friday 7th of September 2018

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

Celeste

Monday 23rd of April 2018

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

Kelly Bejelly

Tuesday 27th of November 2018

I hope you enjoy it Celeste!

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