KETO LOW-CARB TOMATO-BASIL CHICKEN QUARTERS (HEART HEALTHY)
Keto Low-Carb Tomato-Basil Chicken Quarters is a taste of summer even in the winter. The past weeks have been freezing outside. Add to this our COVID-19 lockdown and lockdown rules that keep us from vacationing in Cuba for a week this year, and it is becoming downright depressing.
I feel blessing that our families are safe and healthy. I feel blessed to be happily married. And I feel blessed to be able to share my passion and love of my this Keto Low-Carb lifestyle and recipes with you.
I needed to prepare a summer dish to lift my spirits. And once again, I chose our favorite – inexpensive chicken legs! This dish sings with summer vegetables. But it can be enjoyed during any season of the year, thanks to our supermarkets.
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TO ENHANCE THIS RECIPE WHAT ARE A FEW CHICKEN SECRETS WE CAN USE?
- Cut off excess fat.
- For less fat overall remove the skin completely. After all the legs have more saturated fat than the breasts.
- Using a paper towel to pat the chicken thus removing excess moisture.
- Either toss the legs in your olive oil/herb mixture or coat the top of chicken with your mixture or sauce. If I’m adding sauce to the legs, I often remove the skin completely.
- Spray your ovenproof pan with avocado non-stick cooking spray. This ensures you don’t lose any meat that might otherwise be stuck to the bottom of your pan.
- Preheat the oven in advance for more unified cooking of the flesh.
- Bake legs at a higher temp if leaving the skin on. This makes the skin crispier.
- Bake the legs until juices run clear, and the internal temp reaches 165 F.
- Use a thermometer to ensure the flesh is cooked throughout.
- Broil the legs at the end for a more caramelized sauce.
Cooking Times for Chicken Quarters:
Cook bone in chicken legs for 40–45 minutes at 400 °F
Cook bone in chicken legs for 45–55 minutes at 375 °F
Cook bone in chicken legs for 50–60 minutes at 350 °F
Also take note: Above baking temperatures and times are estimates. Follow your own oven’s temperature and cooking time. It takes a gas oven 10–15 minutes to reach the desired temperature. Electric ovens can take 10 minutes longer than that. The age of your oven will also determine the temperature, time for roasting or baking, and where you want to place your dish in the oven. The bottom of your oven may be hotter than the top, depending on its condition. This also includes where to set your dish under the broiler. So use your own best judgment based on the type, condition, and age of your oven. Prep times will also vary depending on how slow or quickly you like to work.
WHAT IS THE NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF KETO LOW-CARB TOMATO-BASIL CHICKEN QUARTERS?
What is the nutritional value of Keto Low-Carb Tomato-Basil Chicken Quarters? Chicken quarters comprise two parts — the thigh and the drumstick. The drumstick is the lower part of the chicken leg. One chicken drumstick without the skin or bones (44 grams) contains about 12.4 grams of protein. The thigh contains 209 calories, 26 grams of protein and 10.9 grams of fat. The leg (with both parts) offers about 38 grams of protein.
WHAT IS THE TASTE PROFILE OF KETO LOW-CARB TOMATO-BASIL CHICKEN QUARTERS?
The predominant taste sensations of Keto Low-Carb Tomato-Basil Chicken Quarters are fattiness from the dark meat and skin and tanginess from the white wine and tomatoes. The garlic offers a pleasant bitterness.
WHAT WINE HARMONIZES WITHKETO LOW-CARB TOMATO-BASIL CHICKEN QUARTERS?
With the predominant taste sensations of Keto Low-Carb Tomato-Basil Chicken Quarters being fattiness and tanginess, this dish works nicely with a big, buttery white wine. Chardonnay is ideal. The wine’s buttery mouth feel will work nicely with the fat in the dark meat. The wine’s crisp acidity will complement the tanginess of the tomato.
*Wine Tips: To support your Keto diet or low-carb lifestyle, choose low-carb, low-sugar, and low-alcohol wines that are free of additives and artificial coloring. Include your wine carb macros as part of your meal. Remember, your liver will process 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. So, drink low-sugar, low-carb, and low alcohol wines in moderation.
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