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KETO LIME-GINGER-GARLIC CHICKEN THIGHS

LIME-GARLIC-GINGER THIGHS

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Keto Lime-Ginger-Garlic Thighs is a recipe I prepared on a regular basis!  Thighs, in general, are succulent cuts of meat not only incredibly flavorful, but they can also be easily incorporated into the Keto diet on a regular basis. Whether you’re a seasoned Keto enthusiast or just starting out, chicken thighs are a versatile and delicious option that can help you stay on track with your low-carb lifestyle.

WHAT IS THE NUTRITIONAL VALUE AND HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHICKEN THIGHS?

While my Keto Lime-Ginger-Garlic Thighs recipe is a weekly staple in our house, we love other chicken thigh dishes as well. Chicken thighs are not only a delicious and versatile protein source but also offer significant nutritional value and health benefits. These cuts are rich in essential nutrients such as protein, providing the building blocks for muscle development, repair, and overall body function. Additionally, chicken thighs contain healthy fats, particularly monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which contribute to heart health and support the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins.

Moreover, they are a good source of essential vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins like niacin and B12, which play crucial roles in energy metabolism and nerve function. The iron content in chicken thighs supports red blood cell production and oxygen transport throughout the body. With the skin on, chicken thighs also provide a small amount of collagen, beneficial for joint health and skin elasticity. Including chicken thighs in a balanced diet can contribute to a nutrient-dense meal plan and support overall health and well-being.

WHAT IS THE TASTE PROFILE OF KETO LIME-GINGER-GARLIC THIGHS?

LIME-GARLIC-GINGER CHICKEN THIGHS2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon season salt

Keto Lime-Garlic-Ginger Chicken Thighs

The predominant taste sensations in this dish are fattiness (from the chicken itself), tanginess from the lime, salty from the seasoning, pleasant bitterness, a hint of heat from the chili pepper flakes, and ranginess from the ginger, and savoriness and earthiness from the air-fried garlic.  The thighs are crispy on the outside due to the air-frying.

WHAT NON-ALC WINE HARMONIZES WITH KETO LIME-GINGER-GARLIC THIGHS?

For a delightful culinary experience with your Keto Lime-Ginger-Garlic Thighs, consider the perfect pairing of a non alcoholic white wine, ensuring a harmonious balance of flavors. With the rich, tangy, pleasantly bitter, and salty taste sensations, along with the umami depth from the chicken, opt for a robust white wine boasting excellent acidity. This acidity complements the dark meat’s fattiness, while also enhancing the lime’s acidity and balancing the seasoning’s saltiness. Additionally, the wine’s acidity beautifully counteracts the ginger’s pleasant bitterness. A bold Chardonnay with zesty acidity is an excellent choice for this pairing. If you decide to increase the chili flakes in the recipe, opt for a dry Riesling with a subtle hint of sweetness, enhanced with a pinch of monk fruit sweetener. This touch of sweetness elegantly offsets the dish’s heat and spice, ensuring a delightful culinary symphony.

Zero Alcohol Wine Tips: 

Alcohol and Ketosis:

To support your Keto diet or low-carb lifestyle, choose quality, non-alcoholic wines that are low-carb and low sugar. Alcohol does not support a keto diet or low-carb lifestyle. Your liver processes alcohol before nutrients, pausing ketone creation and slowing the ketosis process. Your body will also metabolize alcohol as fuel before using food. This can slow fat burning and may cause your body to store carbs, fat, and protein as excess body fat. Alcohol consumption also stimulates the appetite. This can cause you to eat more.

Alcohol and Health:

Did you know that when you drink alcohol, your liver has to work extra hard to break it down? This can cause damage to your liver and increase your risk of health problems like inflammation and cancer, especially if you drink a lot. Plus, alcohol can mess with your blood sugar levels, leave you feeling dehydrated, and throw off your body’s normal functions.  

Non-Alcoholic Wine and Health Benefits:

Non alcoholic wines with few carbs and little sugar are great for your health. They help you manage your weight, control your blood sugar, and keep you hydrated. Plus, they have important nutrients and antioxidants from grapes that can lower your risk of health problems like heart disease. And, since they don’t have alcohol, they’re perfect for socializing without any negative effects, which can help you feel happier and less stressed.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO CONSIDER PASTURE-RAISED CHICKEN THIGHS?

We are blessed to live in a farming community and so can hit up our local chicken farm.  We eat pasture-raised chicken. Pasture-raised chicken refers to poultry that has been raised in an environment where the birds have access to open pasture and are free to roam, forage, and engage in natural behaviors. Unlike conventionally raised chickens, which may be confined to crowded indoor spaces, pasture-raised chickens enjoy a more natural and humane lifestyle.

This farming method typically involves providing the chickens with ample space to move around, access to sunlight, and the opportunity to peck at insects and eat a varied diet, including grass and plants. The healthiest choice for consumers, pasture-raised chicken tends to have a more favorable nutritional profile. The meat is often leaner, higher in beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, and contains fewer harmful substances associated with confined animal feeding operations. Opting for pasture-raised chicken supports animal welfare, environmental sustainability, and ultimately provides consumers with a more nutrient-rich and wholesome protein source.

ARE CHICKEN THIGHS KETO FRIENDLY?

Absolutely! Chicken thighs are a Keto dieter’s dream. They are low in carbohydrates and high in healthy fats and protein, making them an ideal choice for those following a low-carb, high-fat diet. Plus, they are incredibly versatile, allowing you to create a variety of delicious Keto-friendly meals.

WHAT ARE THE TOP 10 WAYS I CAN PREPARE KETO CHICKEN THIGHS?

My Keto Lime-Ginger-Garlic Chicken thighs are done in the air-fryer. I just love the way the air-fryer makes the skin so crispy and the flesh so moist.  But there are so many other ways to enjoy Keto chicken thighs.

Here are a few:

  • Baked: with mushrooms: Set thighs and fresh mushrooms in baking dish with chicken broth and bake.
  • Grilled: Marinate chicken thighs in a Keto-friendly marinade and grill them to perfection.
  • Baked: Season chicken thighs with your favorite herbs and spices, then bake until golden and juicy.
  • Pan-Fried: Sear chicken thighs in a hot skillet with some healthy cooking oil for a crispy exterior.
  • Slow Cooked: Place chicken thighs in a slow cooker with low-carb vegetables and spices for a flavorful and easy meal.
  • Stir-Fried: Slice chicken thighs into strips and stir-fry with low-carb veggies and Keto-friendly sauces.
  • Stuffed: Fill chicken thighs with a mixture of cheese, spinach, and herbs, then bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Skewered: Thread chicken thighs onto skewers with low-carb vegetables and grill for a delicious Keto-friendly kebab.
  • Casseroled: Layer chicken thighs with low-carb vegetables, cheese, and a creamy sauce, then bake until bubbly and golden.
  • Crispy: Coat chicken thighs in a mixture of crushed pork rinds and spices, then bake until crispy and golden.
  • Shredded: Slow cook chicken thighs until tender, then shred the meat and use it in a variety of Keto-friendly recipes like salads, Keto wraps, or Keto tacos.

WHAT ARE SOME OTHER KETO CHICKEN THIGH RECIPES?

Lemon-Rosemary Roasted Chicken Thighs

While I know you’ll enjoy the Keto Lime-Ginger-Garlic Thighs there are other Keto recipes to consider.

Here are a few to consider:

  1. Keto BBQ Chicken Thighs:
    • Marinated in a flavorful low-carb BBQ sauce and grilled to perfection.
  2. Lemon-Rosemary Roasted Chicken Thighs:
    • Infused with the bright flavors of lemon, garlic, and fresh rosemary, then oven-roasted until golden.
  3. Honey Mustard Glazed Chicken Thighs:
    • A sweet and tangy glaze made with keto-friendly sweeteners for a delicious twist.
  4. Cajun-Spiced Chicken Thighs:
    • Coated in a zesty Cajun spice blend and baked for a flavorful kick.
  5. Mediterranean Chicken Thighs:
    • Marinated in olive oil, lemon, and Mediterranean spices, then grilled or baked.
  6. Creamy Mushroom Chicken Thighs:
    • Cooked in a rich and creamy mushroom sauce for a comforting and satisfying meal.
  7. Soy-Ginger Glazed Chicken Thighs:
    • A delicious Asian-inspired marinade with soy sauce, ginger, and garlic.
  8. Herb-Crusted Chicken Thighs:
    • Coated in a mixture of fresh herbs and almond flour for a crispy, herb-infused crust.
  9. Balsamic-Glazed Chicken Thighs:
    • Glazed with a balsamic reduction for a sweet and savory flavor profile.
  10. Buffalo Ranch Chicken Thighs:
    • A combination of spicy buffalo sauce and creamy ranch seasoning for a flavor-packed dish.

CAN I EAT CHICKEN SKIN ON KETO?

Absolutely! Chicken skin is a delicious and Keto-friendly option. It contains healthy fats that can help keep you feeling satisfied and provide a good source of energy. Just be sure to choose high-quality chicken thighs from pasture-raised sources to ensure the best flavor and nutritional value.

WHAT OTHER KETO LOW-CARB CHICKEN RECIPES CAN I PREPARE?

Cinnamon Marmalade Chicken (Heart Healthy)

Curry Chicken Quarters (Heart Healthy)

Chicken Soup (Heart Healthy)

Chicken Marsala (Heart Healthy)

Montreal Chicken Quarters (Heart Healthy)

Keto Low-Carb Lemon Garlic Chicken Thighs (Heart Healthy)

Shake ‘N Bake Chicken (Heart Healthy)

Coconut Coasted Drumsticks

Parmesan Crusted Chicken Wings

Chicken Pad Thai

Chicken Caesar Salad

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU NEED TO PREPARE THIS RECIPE?

 

HOW DO YOU PREPARE KETO LIME-GINGER-GARLIC CHICKEN THIGHS?

 Keto Lime-Ginger-Garlic Chicken Thighs

Pull your ingredients together. You can use chili flakes or fresh hot pepper.

 

Squeeze fresh lime juice. Set aside.

 

GARLIC

Chop fresh garlic.

Keto Lime-Ginger-Garlic Chicken Thighs

Measure olive oil. Set oil in a larger bowl.

 

Keto Lime-Ginger-Garlic Chicken Thighs

Finely chop fresh ginger. (Or use ground ginger.)

 

KETO LIME-GINGER-GARLIC CHICKEN THIGHS

Measure chili flakes and season salt.

 

Keto Lie-Ginger-Garlic Chicken Thighs

Combine all sauce ingredients in a bowl. Set thighs on baking sheet lined with foil or parchment. Pour sauce over thighs.

 

KETO LIME-GINGER-GARLIC CHICKEN THIGHS

Air-Fry thighs at 420F for 25-30 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 F. Remove from air-fryer. Let rest.

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KETO LIME-GINGER-GARLIC THIGHS

KETO LIME-GINGER-GARLIC CHICKEN THIGHS


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  • Author: Shari MAC
  • Total Time: 40
  • Yield: 12 Thighs 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Discover Keto Lime-Ginger-Garlic Thighs. You’ll see how delicious and easy to prepare they are! The flavors zing and sing.


Ingredients

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  • 12 chicken thighs
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1/2-inch fresh ginger, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 tsp chili flakes or finely chopped from chili (optional)
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon season salt

Instructions

  • Preheat air-fryer at 420F.
  • Squeeze fresh lemon juice.
  • Chop fresh ginger.
  • Measure chili flakes.
  • Chop fresh ginger.
  • Add olive oil to a bowl.
  • In the bowl combine all the ingredients.
  • Set thighs on a air-fryer baking sheet lined with foil or parchment.
  • Pour sauce over thighs.
  • Air-fry for 25 to 30 minutes or until skin is crispy and internal temperature reaches 165F.
  • Remove from air-fryer.  Let rest.  Serve and enjoy.
  • In a bowl

Notes

  • The thighs contain 1 net grams in carbs per thigh.
  • The nutritional information provided is a courtesy and is approximate only.  We cannot guarantee the nutritional accuracy of any recipe on this site.  We cannot know what brands you use or how accurately you follow the recipe or what you like to add creatively to the dish. Use the information as a general guideline only.)
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Category: KETO LOW-CARB
  • Method: AIR-FRY
  • Cuisine: DINNER

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 (3 thighs)
  • Calories: 480
  • Sugar: 0
  • Sodium: 1710
  • Fat: 33
  • Saturated Fat: 7.5
  • Unsaturated Fat: 25.5
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 1.5
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 42
  • Cholesterol: 180

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