Easy Keto Recipe: Chicken Parmesan over Zucchini Noodles for a Healthy Dinner

Indulge in Keto-Friendly Chicken Parmesan over Zucchini Noodles

When it comes to comfort food, few dishes can rival the heartiness and flavor of a classic Chicken Parmesan. But for those on a keto diet, the traditional recipe doesn’t quite fit the bill. That’s where this Keto Chicken Parmesan over Zucchini Noodles comes into play. It’s a dish that doesn’t skimp on taste and keeps your carb count in check.

This recipe is a perfect example of how you can enjoy the essence of Italian cuisine while sticking to your low-carb, high-fat dietary goals. The crispy, golden-breaded chicken paired with a rich, sugar-free tomato sauce, all served over a bed of fresh zucchini noodles, provides a satisfying meal that’s both nutritious and keto-compliant.

Keto Chicken Parmesan over Zucchini Noodles

The Origin and Benefits of This Keto Delight

As a passionate advocate for the keto lifestyle, I’m always on the hunt for recipes that transform classic favorites into keto-friendly delights. This Chicken Parmesan over Zucchini Noodles recipe is born out of that quest. It’s a dish that brings the comfort of Italian cooking to the keto table without the carb-heavy pasta.

One of the key ingredients in this dish is almond flour, which replaces traditional breadcrumbs to give the chicken that essential crispy coating without the carbs. Almond flour is not only low in carbs but also high in healthy fats and fiber, making it a staple for keto cooking. The grated Parmesan cheese in the breading adds a punch of flavor and helps to create that golden crust we all love.

The use of zucchini noodles, or ‘zoodles’, is another keto win. They’re a fantastic low-carb alternative to pasta, providing the same satisfying texture with a fraction of the carbs. Plus, zucchini is a great source of vitamins A and C, potassium, and antioxidants. The combination of these ingredients makes this dish a powerhouse of nutrients while keeping it light and keto-approved.

Ingredients for Keto Chicken Parmesan

Mastering the Method: Tips and Tricks for Perfect Keto Chicken Parmesan

Creating the perfect Keto Chicken Parmesan is all about technique. Start by ensuring your chicken breasts are of even thickness for consistent cooking. If needed, pound them gently between two sheets of parchment paper. When dredging the chicken in the almond flour and Parmesan mixture, press firmly to ensure the coating adheres well.

When cooking the chicken in the skillet, the key is to achieve a golden-brown crust without overcooking. A medium heat setting allows the chicken to cook through gradually while developing that desirable crunch. Once you transfer the chicken to the oven, resist the temptation to open the door too often; consistent temperature is crucial for melting the mozzarella to gooey perfection.

For the zucchini noodles, the spiralizer is your best friend. To avoid soggy noodles, spiralize them right before serving, or if you prefer them slightly cooked, sauté them quickly in a hot pan for no more than a minute. Remember, zucchini contains a lot of water, and overcooking will release that moisture, turning your noodles mushy.

Keto Chicken Parmesan Baking

Variation 1: Spicy Chicken Parmesan

For those who enjoy a kick, add some heat to your dish. Incorporate a teaspoon of crushed red pepper into the almond flour mixture for a spicy crust. You can also mix a dash of hot sauce into the marinara before topping the chicken. This variation adds a new dimension of flavor and a little extra warmth that spice lovers will appreciate.

Variation 2: Herbed Chicken Parmesan

Herbs can elevate the flavor profile of your Chicken Parmesan. Mix in some chopped fresh oregano, basil, and thyme into the almond flour and Parmesan cheese coating. The fresh herbs will infuse the chicken with aromatic flavors that complement the tomato sauce and mozzarella topping beautifully.

Variation 3: Eggplant Parmesan

For a vegetarian twist, replace the chicken breasts with thick slices of eggplant. Follow the same breading and baking process, adjusting the cooking time as needed until the eggplant is tender. This variation offers a fantastic way to enjoy a meat-free meal while still adhering to your keto diet.

Substitutions for Your Keto Chicken Parmesan

While this recipe is designed with keto dieters in mind, there may be times when you need to make substitutions. For the almond flour, coconut flour can be a suitable alternative. It’s equally low in carbs and high in fiber, though you’ll want to use less of it as it’s more absorbent than almond flour.

If you’re dairy-free, you can substitute the Parmesan and mozzarella with nutritional yeast and dairy-free cheese alternatives that melt well. These substitutions will maintain the flavor profile while accommodating your dietary restrictions.

For those who don’t have a spiralizer, a vegetable peeler can create wider, fettuccine-like zucchini noodles. The texture will be slightly different, but they’ll still provide a delightful low-carb base for your Chicken Parmesan.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?
Yes, you can prepare the breaded chicken in advance and store it in the fridge. When ready to eat, bake it with the sauce and cheese. However, zucchini noodles are best made fresh to avoid sogginess.

How can I store and reheat leftovers?
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave until warm throughout. Note that the zucchini noodles may release water upon reheating.

Is this recipe freezer-friendly?
You can freeze the breaded and cooked chicken without the sauce and cheese. Thaw in the fridge overnight and add sauce and cheese before baking as directed.

Can I use a different cheese for topping?
Absolutely! While mozzarella is traditional, provolone or a blend of Italian cheeses can also work well for a keto-friendly option.

How can I ensure my zucchini noodles aren’t watery?
After spiralizing, sprinkle the noodles with salt and let them sit for 15-20 minutes. Then, rinse and pat dry with paper towels before serving or cooking.

Chicken Parmesan over Zucchini Noodles

Indulge in the classic comfort of Chicken Parmesan, reimagined for a keto-friendly palate. This dish pairs crispy, golden-breaded chicken with a rich, flavorful tomato sauce, and is served over a bed of fresh zucchini noodles for a satisfying low-carb twist on an Italian favorite.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people
Calories 580 kcal


  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Shallow dishes
  • Large skillet
  • Spiralizer
  • Meat thermometer


For the Chicken

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts about 2 pounds or 900 grams
  • 1 cup almond flour 112 grams
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese 50 grams
  • 1 tsp garlic powder 3 grams
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning 2 grams
  • ½ tsp salt 2 grams
  • ¼ tsp black pepper 1 gram
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup olive oil 60 ml

For the Sauce

  • 1 cup sugar-free marinara sauce 240 ml
  • 1 tsp dried basil 1 gram
  • ½ tsp dried oregano 1 gram
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes optional, 0.5 grams

For the Zucchini Noodles

  • 4 medium zucchinis about 2 pounds or 900 grams

For Topping

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 113 grams
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish


  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a shallow dish, combine almond flour, grated Parmesan, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. In another shallow dish, beat the eggs.
  • Dip each chicken breast first in the egg mixture, then in the almond flour mixture, ensuring it's fully coated.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and cook until golden brown on both sides, about 3-4 minutes per side.
  • Transfer the chicken to the prepared baking sheet. Top each breast with marinara sauce, sprinkle with dried basil, oregano, and red pepper flakes if using, and cover with shredded mozzarella.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly, and the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C), about 15-20 minutes.
  • While the chicken is baking, spiralize the zucchinis into noodles using a spiralizer.
  • Serve the baked chicken over a bed of fresh zucchini noodles, garnished with fresh basil leaves.


For a crispier chicken crust, you can briefly broil the chicken after baking.
To ensure your zucchini noodles don't become soggy, you can salt them and let them sit to draw out moisture before serving. Rinse and pat dry.
The nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.


Calories: 580kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 51gFat: 38gFiber: 6gNet Carbs: 8g
Keyword keto chicken parmesan, Keto Dinner, Low Carb Chicken Parmesan, Zoodles, Zucchini Noodles
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