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Parmesan Crusted Chicken (with Bacon Cream Sauce)

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Get ready to indulge with this mouthwatering Parmesan Crusted Chicken (with Bacon Cream Sauce) recipe. Featuring a rich bacon cream sauce that’s to die for, this keto-friendly dinner recipe is a fan favorite that will have you savoring every bite.

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Eating bacon while you’re on a diet feels counterintuitive to the non keto believers, but it’s a secret weapon of keto recipes. Packed with savory flavor but low in carbs, bacon is an ingredient guaranteed to leave you feeling full and satisfied. But when it comes to this keto parmesan-crusted chicken recipe, the bacon cream sauce is only part of the reason it’s a fan (and family!) favorite.

Why You’ll Love Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Bacon Cream Sauce

  • With only 10 minutes of prep work, this is the perfect dish for busy weeknights or when you just want to spend more time somewhere other than the kitchen.
  • Juicy, flavor-packed, and incredibly filling, this keto parmesan-crusted chicken recipe tastes indulgent but is packed with protein and low on carbs.
  • The combination of crispy parmesan crust and juicy, tender chicken elevates the texture of this dish.
  • Thanks to great substitutes, Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Bacon Cream Sauce isn’t only keto-friendly, but it can also be made to be dairy-free and gluten-free.
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Top Tips

If you’re lactose-intolerant, don’t worry: you can still indulge in this delicious dish. With so many dairy-free options widely available, it’s easy to swap out ingredients like Parmesan and heavy cream to accommodate food allergies and sensitivities.

When you make dairy-free parmesan-crusted chicken, add nutritional yeast to your crust mix. This will help bring out the nutty flavor of the (fake) parmesan and gives the dish a boost of B vitamins.

Store-bought dairy-free substitutes for cream cheese and heavy cream are fine to use for a dairy-free version of the bacon cream sauce. Just be sure to add some nutritional yeast to ensure you get the best flavor.

This recipe for keto chicken with bacon cream sauce is the most popular recipe on my blog. See what all the fuss is about with this amazing keto recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken breasts (about 3 large breasts)
  • 3 tbsp mayo
  • 4 tbsp shredded parmesan cheese
  • 3 slice bacon, fried and crumbled (reserve 2-3 tbsp bacon grease)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch of salt and pepper

How to Make Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Bacon Cream Sauce

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Pat chicken dry. Use a silicone basting brush to spread mayo evenly on top of chicken. 
  3. Top each breast with 1T parmesan cheese and place in baking dish.
  4. Bake uncovered 40-45 minutes until internal temperature is approx. 160 degrees and juices run clear.
  5. When the chicken has about 10 minutes left in the oven, begin sauce.
  6. Using a non-stick skillet, warm up the reserved bacon grease over MED LOW heat. Be sure it does not start sizzling or bubbling.
  7. Whisk in the heavy cream until well combined. Continue whisking until the mixture starts to foam up on the edges of the skillet.
  8. Add the cream cheese and whisk until smooth. Add last tbsp of parmesan and garlic powder and whisk until smooth.
  9. Toss in a few bacon pieces, making sure to leave enough for the top of the chicken.
  10. Each breast should be topped with 2-3 tbsp of sauce and a few bacon crumbles.
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What Sides Go With Parmesan Crusted Chicken With Bacon Cream Sauce?

When choosing sides to pair with your main entree, you’ll want to consider the main flavors of the dish. The main flavors in the Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Bacon Cream Sauce are obviously parmesan and bacon — two rich and savory flavors that already complement each other very well. So you’ll want to stick to side dishes that feature garlic, lemon, rosemary, black pepper, or thyme.

This Creamy Keto Cauliflower Rice recipe, for instance, features garlic, which will bring out the smokiness of the bacon and the nuttiness of the parmesan in your chicken. These Crispy Keto Brussel Sprouts or other roasted vegetables are other great keto-friendly side dish options that can add texture and flavor to your dinner.

FAQ

How do I store leftover Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Bacon Cream Sauce?

After completely cooling your leftovers to room temperature, transfer them to an airtight container. After labeling the container with the date, put it in the fridge. Just make sure you eat or toss your leftovers within 4 days.

How do I reheat leftover Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Bacon Cream Sauce?

You can use either a microwave or a stovetop to reheat the leftover chicken. The trick to reheating is to add a splash of water or chicken broth to help your bacon cream sauce from getting too thick.

What can I do with leftover Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Bacon Cream Sauce?

Leftover Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Bacon Cream Sauce can go in lettuce wraps, over salads, used to make a breakfast hash, or be used to make chicken bacon soup.


This recipe for keto chicken with bacon cream sauce is the most popular recipe on my blog. See what all the fuss is about with this amazing keto recipe!

Keto Parmesan Crusted Chicken (with Bacon Cream Sauce)

Anna Hunley
This recipe for keto chicken with bacon cream sauce is the most popular recipe on my blog. See what all the fuss is about with this amazing keto recipe!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Main Dishes
Servings 3
Calories 532 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb chicken breasts about 3 large breasts
  • 3 tbsp mayo
  • 4 tbsp shredded parmesan cheese
  • 3 slice bacon fried and crumbled (reserve 2-3 tbsp bacon grease)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch of salt and pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Pat chicken dry. Use a silicone basting brush to spread mayo evenly on top of chicken. 
  • Top each breast with 1T parmesan cheese and place in baking dish.
  • Bake uncovered 40-45 minutes until internal temperature is approx. 160 degrees and juices run clear.
  • When the chicken has about 10 minutes left in the oven, begin sauce.
  • Using a non-stick skillet, warm up the reserved bacon grease over MED LOW heat. Be sure it does not start sizzling or bubbling.
  • Whisk in the heavy cream until well combined. Continue whisking until the mixture starts to foam up on the edges of the skillet.
  • Add the cream cheese and whisk until smooth. Add last tbsp of parmesan and garlic powder and whisk until smooth.
  • Toss in a few bacon pieces, making sure to leave enough for the top of the chicken.
  • Each breast should be topped with 2-3 tbsp of sauce and a few bacon crumbles. Leftover sauce may be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week

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Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 532kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 48gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 171mgSodium: 775mgSugar: 1g
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Recipe Rating




Kendra

Monday 26th of June 2023

My 9 year old favourite meal!! Been making this recipe for over a year now

Ketoinpearls

Thursday 29th of June 2023

So glad your little one loves it, thanks Kendra :)

Tina

Wednesday 26th of April 2023

We just had this for dinner, it was amazing. I did double the sauce but wasn't necessary. This is also going to be added to my menu rotation.

Ketoinpearls

Thursday 27th of April 2023

Awesome, thanks Tina!

Kate

Friday 24th of March 2023

My husband loved this recipe!! Thank you

Ketoinpearls

Sunday 26th of March 2023

You are welcome Kate, glad you liked it!