Cooking and Meal Prep Recipes Low-Carb Creamy Southwest Chicken By Laura Dolson Laura Dolson Laura Dolson is a health and food writer who develops low-carb and gluten-free recipes for home cooks. Learn about our editorial process Updated on January 24, 2022 Medically reviewed Verywell Fit articles are reviewed by board-certified physicians and nutrition and exercise healthcare professionals. Medical Reviewers confirm the content is thorough and accurate, reflecting the latest evidence-based research. Content is reviewed before publication and upon substantial updates. Learn more. by Kristy Del Coro, MS, RDN, LDN Medically reviewed by Kristy Del Coro, MS, RDN, LDN LinkedIn Twitter Kristy is a licensed registered dietitian nutritionist and trained culinary professional. She has worked in a variety of settings, including MSKCC and Rouge Tomate. Learn about our Medical Review Board Print Lilechka75 / Adobe Stock (380 ratings) Total Time: 25 min Prep Time: 5 min Cook Time: 20 min Servings: 4 Nutrition Highlights (per serving) 191 calories 13g fat 3g carbs 15g protein Show Nutrition Label Hide Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings: 4 Amount per serving Calories 191 % Daily Value* Total Fat 13g 17% Saturated Fat 6g 30% Cholesterol 70mg 23% Sodium 388mg 17% Total Carbohydrate 3g 1% Dietary Fiber 1g 4% Total Sugars 2g Includes 0g Added Sugars 0% Protein 15g Vitamin D 0mcg 0% Calcium 80mg 6% Iron 1mg 6% Potassium 233mg 5% *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice. 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 under 30 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 happily serve to family members who may not be following a low-carb diet. It's high in protein and supports the potential health benefits of a low-carb diet. The chiles are mild, so this isn't a spicy dish, but it is a tasty one. Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 medium boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 1/4 cup onion, minced 2 cloves garlic, minced 4.5-ounce can green chiles, chopped 1/4 cup heavy cream 1/4 cup cheddar, shredded Preparation Heat large skillet with oil over medium heat. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces and season with salt and pepper. Saute until brown on both sides, adding onions about halfway through. Add garlic and cook for another minute. If needed, deglaze the pan with a little water. Add green chiles and cream, and simmer until chicken is done on both sides and the sauce is thickened. Top with shredded cheese, and serve when cheese melts. Optional: Garnish with fresh cilantro. Variations and Substitutions To boost the fiber, consider adding low-carb veggies such as chopped broccoli or cauliflower. To give the dish some heat and spice things up, add red pepper flakes or sriracha. Prefer another type of cheese? Jack is a great substitution for cheddar in this recipe, but you can also change up the flavor using a cheese like feta as well. In addition to pan-frying this creamy chicken dish, as this recipe does, you can prepare this recipe in a slow cooker. If you go the slow cooker route, you can forego chopping the chicken into small pieces and leave them whole. Here's how: Add all the ingredients, except the cheese, into the slow cooker and add 1/2 chicken stock. Depending on the thickness of your chicken breasts, anywhere from 4.5 to 6 hours on low and your dish will be ready. Top with the shredded cheese just before serving. Cooking and Serving Tips This chicken skillet recipe can easily be prepared ahead of time and reheated on the stove or in the oven.Cook all ingredients in a single skillet to minimize the number of dishes to clean.Serve with refried beans or a salad and sliced avocado. Rate this Recipe You've already rated this recipe. Thanks for your rating! 2 Sources Verywell Fit uses only high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial process to learn more about how we fact-check and keep our content accurate, reliable, and trustworthy. Marangoni F, Corsello G, Cricelli C, et al. Role of poultry meat in a balanced diet aimed at maintaining health and wellbeing: An Italian consensus document. Food Nutr Res. 2015;59:10.3402/fnr.v59.27606. doi:10.3402/fnr.v59.27606 Kelly T, Unwin D, Finucane F. Low-carbohydrate diets in the management of obesity and type 2 diabetes: aA review from clinicians using the approach in practice. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020;17(7):2557. doi:10.3390/ijerph17072557 By Laura Dolson Laura Dolson is a health and food writer who develops low-carb and gluten-free recipes for home cooks. See Our Editorial Process Meet Our Review Board Share Feedback Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! What is your feedback? Other Helpful Report an Error Submit Advertiser Disclosure × The offers that appear in this table are from companies that partner with and compensate Verywell Fit for displaying their offer. These partnerships do not impact our editorial choices or otherwise influence our editorial content.