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BEST KETO CHICKEN-QUARTER DINNERS

Keto Chicken-Quarter Dinners

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The Best Keto Chicken Quarter Dinners is one of my favorite categories. I prepare quarters all the time for my husband and I. One quarter consists of the leg and the thigh, which is more lean protein per dish. Quarters are also inexpensive and tender to the palate due to the dark meat. Below, I’ve put a list together of my favorite Keto Chicken-Quarter Dinners.

WHAT IS THE NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF KETO CHICKEN-QUARTER DINNERS?

KETO CAJUN SHAKE ‘N BAKE CHICKEN LEGS

Chicken quarters can come in a variety of sizes and weights. A six-ounce portion (170 frames) with bone-in and skinless possesses about 205 calories. Remember, that’s with no spices and/or sauces. A six-ounce quarter has 31 grams of lean protein, 8 grams of total fat, and 2 grams of saturated fat. The monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats come to 5 grams. This portion has zero carbohydrates, zero sugar, zero fiber, 135 mg of cholesterol, and only 75 grams of sodium.

WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF KETO CHICKEN-QUARTER DINNERS? 

The protein in chicken quarters helps grow muscles and repair tissues, maintaining the body’s overall function. The protein is rich in amino acids, particularly leucine. Leucine helps build muscle, making it great for athletes and people who want to stay strong.

As an excellent source of Vitamin B5 and B12, chicken quarters are important for our metabolism and nerve function.

WHAT ARE THE BEST WAYS TO PREPARE KETO CHICKEN-QUARTER DINNERS?

Chicken quarters are incredibly versatile and flavorful, offering numerous cooking options. They can be air fried without oil for a crispy, golden skin, roasted in a roasting pan with Keto-friendly vegetables and garlic, or marinated and grilled on the BBQ. Alternatively, they can be braised in a flavorful broth, wine, or sauce until the meat is tender, or deep-fried or pan-fried with less oil for a crispy skin.

Slow cooking in a crockpot or Instant Pot results in tender flesh that falls off the bone, while barbecuing infuses them with smoky flavors.

Chicken quarters also excel in stews, casseroles, and curries, adding rich flavor and texture to these dishes. To ensure they are safe to eat, it’s essential to cook them to an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C), using a meat thermometer for accuracy.

WHAT NON-ALC WINES HARMONIZE WITH KETO CHICKEN-QUARTER DINNERS?

White wine

Chicken quarters can harmonize with both a non alcoholic white and red wine. Choosing the ideal non-alc wine will depend on the other flavors from the spices and/or sauces in the dish. Chicken quarters with broth or white-based sauces work nicely with zero alcohol white wines. Chicken quarters in broth complement light, fruity whites like Sauvignon Blanc with no alcohol. If you’re serving chicken with creamy sauces, try pairing it with full-bodied white wines like barrel fermented and aged Chardonnay. If you’re adding chicken quarters to a tomato-based sauce, go for a de-alcoholized Pinot Noir. Heavier gravies work nicely with bigger, bolder reds like no alcohol Merlot or Cabernet Franc.

Zero Alcohol Wine Tips:

ALCOHOL AND KETOSIS:

To support your Keto diet or low-carb lifestyle, opt for quality, non-alcoholic wines that are low-carb and low in sugar. Additionally, alcohol does not align with a keto diet or low-carb lifestyle. Moreover, your liver processes alcohol before nutrients, pausing ketone creation and slowing the ketosis process. Furthermore, your body will metabolize alcohol as fuel before utilizing food, which can decelerate fat burning and may lead to the storage of carbs, fat, and protein as excess body fat. Moreover, alcohol consumption stimulates the appetite, potentially causing overeating.

ALCOHOL AND HEALTH:

Did you know that when you consume alcohol, your liver has to work extra hard to break it down? This can result in damage to your liver. Furthermore, it can elevate your risk of health issues such as inflammation and cancer, particularly with heavy consumption. Additionally, alcohol can disrupt your blood sugar levels, leaving you feeling dehydrated and disrupting your body’s normal functions.

NON-ALCOHOLIC WINE AND HEALTH BENEFITS:

Non alcoholic wines with minimal carbs and sugar are advantageous for your health. They not only aid in weight management, blood sugar control, and hydration but also contain essential nutrients and antioxidants from grapes that can decrease your risk of health conditions like heart disease. Consequently, since they lack alcohol, they’re ideal for socializing without any adverse effects, promoting feelings of happiness and reduced stress.

5. LOW-CARB INSTANT POT CHICKEN QUARTERS

BY LOW CARB AFRICA: These quarters are delicious! I love to use my Instant Pot because its quick, easy, with minimum effort. Also, you only need a handful of ingredients to make this dish. The recipe will be a “go to” dish for you once you prepare it once.

6. EXTRA-CRISPY KETO CHICKEN QUARTERS – AIR FRYER OR OVEN

BY MY CRASH TEST LIFE: These baked chicken thighs are coated in a delicious dry rub that makes them crazy crispy.  You can use the air fryer or oven.  Either way the quarters come out crisp, juicy, and tender.

7. KETO GRILLED MOJO CHICKEN QUARTERS

BY BIG DELICIOUS LIFE: Chicken leg quarters marinated in a fresh citrus, garlic and herb Cuban style mojo marinade and grilled to perfection. Juicy, tender and full of mouthwatering flavor, this mojo chicken recipe is easy enough for any night of the week and also perfect for dinner guests. It will quickly become one of your favorite easy chicken recipes.

8. LOW CARB JUICY SMOKED CHICKEN LEG QUARTERS

BY LOW CARB MAVEN: Tender, juicy smoked chicken leg quarters with a sweet and spicy dry rub are fall-outta-your-chair-good. Pellet grills make smoking easy to do in the backyard.

WHAT ARE OTHER KETO CHICKEN DINNERS YOU CAN ENJOY?

Here are just a few ideas of other chicken dishes you can enjoy:

Chicken Soup (Heart Healthy)

Chicken Marsala (Heart Healthy)

Coconut Coasted Drumsticks

Parmesan Crusted Chicken Wings

Chicken Pad Thai

Chicken Caesar Salad

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