Skip the Chinese takeout and settle in for a homemade, keto sweet and sour chicken! Fresh green/yellow bell peppers, savory chicken, covered in keto friendly sweet and sour sauce! Serve over steamed cauliflower rice to make this an over-the-top Chinese keto creation! No frying, super easy and under 30 minutes… you’ll be glad you ordered in your keto kitchen instead!
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I love Chinese food! Especially a good stir-fry. A lot of stir-fry recipes, though, cover your protein in flour or cornstarch. My Keto Sweet and Sour Chicken is the Chinese takeout you crave without all the carbs! No frying and under 30 minutes…Definitely a must have in your keto recipe box!
If you are like me and also craving the fried rice…you can make my delicious cauliflower fried rice!
The sauce for this recipe is really simple and only includes 5 ingredients. It is the perfect sweet and sour sauce!
HOW TO MAKE KETO SWEET AND SOUR CHICKEN (NO FRYING!)
You will be surprised how easy this packed full of flavor keto sweet and sour chicken is! With these simple ingredients you can now have that favorite Chinese take-out, now with a homemade, low carb twist!
First, let’s heat the avocado oil in a large skillet over high heat. I like to use avocado oil because it has a high smoke point. You could also use coconut oil.
Add in the chicken breast and cook until brown on all sides and cooked through. This keto sweet and sour chicken recipe is unbelievably light so if you want to use boneless skinless chicken thighs, please do!
The meat only takes about 5 minutes to cook. You want to check with a meat thermometer to be sure the meat is not over or under cooked.
Now we need to reduce the heat to medium and add in the green and yellow bell peppers.
We are only going to cook them for a couple of minutes so they keep their nice color and a little crispness.
Now we add in the apple cider vinegar, tomato paste, soy sauce, sweetener and xanthan gum.
My favorite low carb sweetener is Lakanto. They have a brown sugar version that works well in this recipe!
HOW TO THICKEN KETO SWEET AND SOUR CHICKEN
Cornstarch is traditionally used, but most keto recipes use xanthan gum as a thickener. I wrote a post all about this amazing ingredient here: What is Xanthan gum?
Turn the heat back up to high just until the liquid starts to bubble.
Remove from the heat and let sit for a few minutes to thicken. The sauce will coat the chicken and it looks amazing!
Serve with steamed cauliflower rice to make this an over-the-top keto bowl! Yummy
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Keto Sweet and Sour Chicken (No Frying!)
- 4 tablespoon avocado oil (Click here for my favorite brand on Amazon) or coconut oil
- 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1 inch cubes (24 ounces raw)
- ½ green bell pepper, cut into 1 inch chunks
- ½ yellow bell pepper, cut into 1 inch chunks
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon Soy Sauce or Coconut Aminos
- ¾ cup Granulated sweetener (Click here to see my favorite on Amazon)
- ½ teaspoon xanthan gum (click here to see my favorite brand on Amazon)
- Heat the avocado oil in a large skillet over high heat.
- Add in the chicken thighs and cook until brown on all sides and cooked through. Should take about 5 minutes. Check for doneness with a meat thermometer (165F)
- Reduce the heat to medium and add in the green and yellow bell peppers. Cook for about 2 minutes just to soften them up a bit.
- Add in the apple cider vinegar, tomato paste, soy sauce, sweetener and xanthan gum. Stir well to incorporate the xanthan gum.
- Turn the heat back up to high just until the liquid starts to bubble. Remove from the heat and let sit for a few minutes to thicken.
- Serve with steamed cauliflower rice.
WATCH HOW TO MAKE IT
- Chicken breast or chicken thighs: You can you either for this recipe. This is really light with the use of chicken breast. Boneless skinless chicken thighs will add some calories but will add more flavor as well.
- Vinegar: If you are low on apple cider vinegar, white vinegar works well in a pinch.
- Soy Sauce: Coconut aminos can be used as well as Tamari
- Xanthan Gum: This is a replacement for the common cornstarch ingredient in most Chinese recipes. A thickening agent that only requires ½ a teaspoon. This means less carbs!
- Serve with steamed cauliflower rice. I like to buy the already riced cauliflower in the freezer section of the grocery store.