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lemon chicken recipe

Keto Lemon Chicken Recipe

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, easy recipes, keto, lemon chicken, low carb
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 488 kcal
Author: Bobby Parrish

This lemon chicken recipe only has 6 ingredients, is keto, and the flavors are fantastic. It's such an easy chicken recipe you can make for a quick weeknight meal that your family will love. 



  • 4 skin-on boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup chicken stock/broth
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1.5 teaspoons capers
  • 2 tablespoons grassfed butter
  • 2 teaspoons fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 1.5 pounds fresh & thick asparagus
  • Kosher salt & fresh pepper


  1. Buy some good quality organic bone-in chicken thighs and ask the butcher at the meat counter to remove the bone for you. They are happy to do this and make sure to save the bones in your freezer to make stock and bone broth. Let the chicken thighs come to room temperature for 20 minutes and then season with a generous pinch of salt and pepper on both sides. Pre-heat a cast iron or non-stick pan over medium heat for 2 minutes with 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the chicken skin side down and cook for 7-8 minutes or until the skin is deep golden brown. Flip and cook another 3-4 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. Remove the chicken from the pan, pour off all fat, and cover chicken loosely with foil. Add the chicken stock to the pan along with the lemon juice, capers, and bring to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes or until the liquid has reduced by half. Add the butter along with the parsley, lower heat to low, and cook another 1-2 minutes until the sauce has thickened up a bit. Turn the heat off the pan and set aside.

  2. While the sauce is reducing, bring a medium size pot of water to a boil and cut the tough bottom part off the asparagus. Add 1 tablespoon of salt to the boiling water along with the asparagus and cook for 2-3 minutes. Be on standby with a large bowl of cold water with ice. Bend the apparatus, if it’s flexible but still has a snap left to it, immediately drain and add to the ice bath. Don’t overcook it, that happens very quickly and easily. Allow to sit for 1 minute in the ice bath then drain well.
  3. Plate the asparagus wit the chicken and pour over the lemon pan sauce and garnish with parsley. Enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

Macros per meal, recipes make two meals:
488 calories
6.07 grams of net carbs
13.2 grams of total carbs
34.4 grams of fat
35.8 grams of protein
7.1 grams of fiber

Nutrition Facts
Keto Lemon Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 488 Calories from Fat 310
% Daily Value*
Fat 34.4g53%
Carbohydrates 13.2g4%
Fiber 7.1g30%
Protein 35.8g72%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.