Low-Carb Recipes | Creamy Southwest Chicken Recipe

southwest chicken
You can also bake this chicken in the oven. Lilechka75
Total Time 25 min
Prep 5 min, Cook 20 min
Yield 3-4 servings

Low carb chicken recipes are a must-have for many on low carb diets. This creamy chicken skillet dish is one you can have on the table in 20 minutes, from prep time to finished product, using canned green chiles and shredded cheese for enhanced flavor. This is also one of those dishes you can still serve to family members who may not be on the low carb diet you're on. Just add their desired side dish, with your low carb options at the same time. The chiles are mild, so this isn't a spicy dish, but it is a tasty one. Serve with refried beans and/or a salad and sliced avocado. To give it some heat and spice things up add red pepper flakes or sriracha. 

Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 C minced onion
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 6-8 oz canned chopped green chiles (depending on can size)
  • Optional: small amount of chicken stock or Better than Boullion
  • 1/4 C cream
  • 1/3 C shredded cheddar or jack cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Salt, pepper

Preparation

1) Heat large skillet with oil on medium heat.

2) Cut chicken into bite sized pieces and season with salt and pepper. Saute' till brown on both sides, adding onions about half way through.

3) Add garlic and cook for another minute.

4) If needed, deglaze the pan with a little water or chicken stock. Add 1 teaspoon Better Than Bouillon if desired.

5) Add green chiles and cream, and simmer until chicken is done on both side and the sauce is thickened.



6) Top with shredded cheddar or jack cheese, and serve when cheese melts.

Optional garnish: avocado slices; cilantro

Makes 3-4 servings

Nutritional Analysis for each of 3 servings: 4.5 grams of effective carbohydrate plus 1.5 grams fiber, 38 grams protein, 18 grams of fat, 347 calories.

Suggested Additions: Add low carb veggies such as chopped broccoli or cauliflower to boost fiber; Use feta cheese and sun-dried tomatoes instead of cheddar or jack.

A contributor adds this idea (not tested by Laura):

Slow Cooker Creamy Southwest Chicken Recipe

In addition to pan frying this creamy chicken dish, as this recipe does, you can use the recipe in a slow cooker. By using the slow cooker, you can create this dish with less prep time. If you go the slow cooker route, you can forego chopping the chicken in small pieces and leave them whole. Here's how: Add all the ingredients, except the cheese, including the chicken stock, into the slow cooker.

Top the ingredients it with the chicken, and finish with the salt and pepper to taste. Depending on the thickness of your chicken breasts, anywhere from 4.5-6 hours your dish will be ready. As you serve the chicken, top with the shredded cheese. Quinoa noodles are a great relatively low carb supplement to add to the slow cooker version of this recipe.

 

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