Whole30 + Keto Crispy Pesto Chicken
Whole30 + Keto Crispy Pesto Chicken Recipe – topped with a creamy pesto sauce and crispy 0 carb breadcrumb topping. Paleo, gluten free, grain free, dairy free, sugar free, clean eating.
Sorry for shouting at your eyes, but…I HAVE FOUND THE BEST KETO, WHOLE30 + PALEO BREADCRUMBS!
They’re crispy, flavorful, and taste exactly like panko. The breadcrumbs take this whole30 + keto crispy pesto chicken over the TOP! This crispy chicken is only 1 carb!
Crispy Breading on Whole30 + Keto Crispy Pesto Chicken
You’re never going to believe what it is.
It’s ground up pork rinds, and it is changing my life. Adds the perfect crispiness you love from panko, but is keto + whole30 approved. Yea! I buy mine on Amazon, but you could also make your own by grinding up pork rinds in the food processor.
How To Make Whole30 + Keto Crispy Pesto Chicken
Along with the crispy topping, you’re going to love this pesto chicken.
I sear off my chicken breasts in a cast iron skillet. I break down whole ButcherBox chickens, and leave the skin on my boneless chicken breasts. This adds tons of flavor and healthy fats.
I top it with a pesto aioli made using my homemade mayonnaise and homemade pesto. Then top it with pork panko, finish in the oven, and dinner is ready in under 30 minutes!
My kids go crazy for this! It’s like a fancier chicken nugget.
I will make extra pesto aioli to use as a dipping sauce, which they love because my kids love a good a dip.
Whole30 + Keto Crispy Pesto Chicken
- 2 6-ounce boneless chicken breasts, sliced in half horizontally (I get my organic chicken from ButcherBox, which I highly recommend!)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 cup pesto
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup pork panko breadcrumbs
- Preheat your oven to 425ºF. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, then set in a wire baking rack.
- In a small bowl, combine the mayo and pesto. Stir to combine.
- Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Set the chicken on the wire baking rack. Top the top of each chicken breast with the pesto mayo. Spread in an even layer. Then sprinkle on the pork rind panko, pressing lightly to adhere. (There will only be pesto mayo and pork rind panko on the TOP of the chicken)
- Roast the chicken for 15-20 minutes, until the chicken has an internal temperature of 165ºF. Remove from the oven and let it rest for 5 minutes. Serve warm.
- Leftovers will keep in an airtight container for 5 days.
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17 Comments on “Whole30 + Keto Crispy Pesto Chicken”
So delicious and easy! 😍
Thank you, Barbara!
Love this meal, especially for company or feeling a little fancier. It is delicious but takes the chicken up a level with the pesto/crumbs. It reheats great as well.
I am glad you enjoy the pesto aioli Marissa! I agree it has so many uses! Pairing it with crispy chicken is my favorite though!
So so good!! I don’t know why I’m surprised. I’ve never made a bad recipe from you. I matched it with your keto pesto caprese salad and it was a great healthy family meal!
I love that you paired it with the pesto caprese salad Alana. That sounds like the perfect healthy meal.
Thank you for your kind words about my recipes. I am so glad you enjoy them!
I needed a quick recipe so I googled ‘tastes lovely chicken pesto’
Didn’t have pork rinds to crush, so I went with heavy Parmesan cheese & a little panko.
I am so glad you liked my chicken Susan! It’s so good to hear that the recipe worked well with the substitution of parmesan cheese and panko. These days we are all having to cook using just what we have on hand.
Natalie, you’ve done it again! I don’t know how you come up with such simple but delicious recipes, but they are so good!! This was insanely easy to make but so flavorful. I paired it with your cauliflower mash and roasted broccoli and WOW!! Soooooo so good. We will be making this weekly from now on!
Thank you so much for your really nice comment Kim! You just made my day! I am so glad you liked my pesto chicken. Sounds like you made the yummiest dinner ever! I am so happy this will be in your regular recipe rotation. That is music to my ears!
Will definitely make again
I am so glad you liked my pesto chicken and will be making it again Lisa! Thank you so much for the feedback, I really appreciate it.
I make some of these chicken tenders every week at the beginning of my meal prep to have on hand for lunches! I throw them on a premade salad or give them to my 15 month old son! They are a big hit! And using pork rinds as the breading? Genius!
Love this recipe!! My whole family will eat this without complaining. Thank you so much Natalie for sharing this wonderful recipe!!
That is my favorite thing to hear! So glad they like them Miranda! Yea yea yea! Such a mom win!
Made this tonight; DELICIOUS!!! Already had the mayo and pesto made for a few days, so it was easy to make. Thanks for such a tasty dish!
Yea! I am so happy to hear that Sharon! Thank you so much!