This Keto approved chicken bacon ranch skillet dinner is a tasty low carb meal that we know you will love. It is easy to make and definitely delivers on the flavor with a creamy cheese based sauce that is high in protein and healthy fats.
Combining high quality chicken, bacon, fresh broccoli and cheese; all seared and simmered in a heavy cream sauce with ranch seasoning, this meal is great for anyone looking to increase fats and proteins in their diet while cutting down on pastas and refined carbs.
This dinner can be quick and simple by utilizing pre-made ranch seasonings, creams and shredded cheeses; or you can opt to make your own homemade ranch seasoning mix and reach for healthier, fresh cheeses and cream sourced from a local dairy.
How many carbs are in a keto chicken bacon ranch dinner?
The amount of carbs in every meal is always the first question for anyone following a keto or low carb diet. These diets choose to focus on good quality meats, dairy, low carb veggies and fruits while limiting or cutting out refined carbs and starches.
This keto chicken bacon ranch dinner is a fantastic option for anyone following a keto diet because the macros are fantastic. For a single serving of this dinner you will get 47 grams of protein and only 2 grams of net carbs, making it an awesome keto meal.
Can I have ranch dressing on the keto diet?
Traditional ranch dressing is not a good option if you’re following a strict keto diet because most contain added sugars as well as many low quality fillers and preservatives. You can absolutely make your own ranch dressing which is always the best option. This will give your control over what goes into it, and prevent the extras that mainstream brands add in.
Making your own dry ranch seasoning is very easy and requires very few ingredients. All you need is dill, parsley, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper and chives.
If you are looking for a scrumptious keto dessert, check out these KETO Approved Peanut Butter Bars. They are creamy and very satisfying.
How many net carbs are in broccoli?
The keto diet requires a very low net carb consumption and many vegetables are higher in carbohydrates than most expect, but broccoli is a great veggie to include in your keto diet. Broccoli is high in fiber which makes the total net carb count low. In 1 cup of cooked broccoli there are only 2 net carbs!
We have added broccoli to this chicken bacon ranch dinner because the broccoli brings fiber and texture to the dish, while keeping the net carbs low and manageable for the keto diet.
Ranch Chicken Bacon Broccoli Skillet Dinner Recipe Notes:
Whenever possible, it is bet to prioritize good quality ingredients into your diet. We suggest sourcing locally whenever possible from farms, farmers markets, food co-ops and community gardens. This is a great way to support your local economy while ensuring that you are getting the freshest ingredients and foods possible.
If it is not possible for your to source locally, look for organic grass fed and free range meats, nitrate free bacon, high quality dairy products and pasture raised eggs. It is always best to create your own seasoning mixtures, as this will prevent extra sodium and low quality additives from sneaking into your diet.
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (if you are wanting to finish this dish in the oven)
- Heat your 12 inch skillet on medium heat.
- Lay four slices of bacon in the bottom of the skillet and cook thoroughly.
- While the bacon is cooking, dice your chicken breast.
- Remove bacon from pan but leave the drippings. Crumble the cooled bacon and set aside.
- Add your diced chicken to the pan and cook in the bacon drippings.
- Once your diced chicken is cooked, add your cream cheese, heavy cream and dry ranch seasoning to the skillet.
- Allow to simmer until everything is cooked down and combined.
- Add the broccoli to the skillet.
- Sprinkle the crumbled bacon and some shredded cheese on top. Finish in the oven if desired.
What are some keto side dishes?
While the keto diet focuses on main meals with lots of high quality fats and proteins, it’s always fun to add some accompanying dishes every now and then. We have a list of scrumptious side dishes that you can enjoy without breaking out of your keto diet.
- Keto loaded cauliflower
- Cream cheese green beans
- Cheesy Italian artichoke hearts
- Cheesy asparagus
- Keto bacon ranch egg salad
- Crispy broccoli cheese tots
- Cilantro lime cauliflower rice
- Keto antipasto salad
- Fathead parmesan garlic knots
- Smashed garlic parmesan brussel sprouts
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A quick KETO meal brimming with satisfying flavor and fats. Loaded with healthy protein and WAY low on carbs. This chicken dinner recipe makes a great weeknight or lazy day meal. Even kids will enjoy this one skillet dinner. And the clean up is so EASY.
- 22.5 oz. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast cut into 1 inch cubes, (OR pulled rotisserie chicken)
- 4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
- 4 Tablespoons Heavy Cream
- 2 tsp. Original Ranch dry mix
- 2 Cups chopped fresh (or frozen) broccoli
- 4 strips smoked bacon
- 1 Cup Colby and Monterey Jack kraft Mexican cheese Mix , or 1/2 cup of colby and 1/2 cup of Jack shredded together.
- Preheat the oven to 425 (optional)
On the Stovetop:
- Set a 12 inch skillet on medium heat.
- Lay four slices of bacon in the skillet and cook thoroughly.
- Remove the cooked bacon from pan but leave the drippings.
- Crumble the cooled bacon and set aside.
- Put the diced chicken into the skillet with bacon drippings on medium heat and fully cook.
- Add cream cheese, heavy cream and dry ranch mix. Stir until fully melted and cooked down. About five minutes.
- Add 2 cups of chopped broccoli (raw or frozen) and cook covered until broccoli is tender.
- Sprinkle the crumbled bacon and shredded cheese on top. Set in the preheated oven for about 5 minutes until cheese is melted.
Using your stove to finish this recipe is optional. You can cover your skillet and let the cheese melt on the stove top if you prefer.
Amount Per Serving Calories 473Total Fat 30gSaturated Fat 16gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 166mgSodium 514mgCarbohydrates 2gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 47g
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Recipe adapted from Fabulously Frugal