10 Low-Carb Recipe Ideas for Chicken and Turkey

Poultry is a great choice for low-carb diets and a favorite option for main dishes. If you're looking for new recipes to try that will not ruin your diet but will please your family, we have a few you won't want to pass up.

These chicken and turkey dishes are the perfect centerpiece for a low-carb family dinner. Better yet, a few of them are so simple that you can pull them off on busy weeknights.


Stovetop Chicken Recipes

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A homemade chicken dinner can be surprisingly fast to cook up. It doesn't have to be boring, either. 

From Thai to Mexican to Chinese, these recipes feature boneless, skinless chicken breasts. They make nice weeknight dinners for busy families and go great with whatever vegetables you have to serve as a side dish.


Chicken or Turkey Pot Pie

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This pot pie is very similar to an old-fashioned recipe, but it has a lot less carb. It's the ultimate comfort food and can be made with either chicken or turkey.

The secret to turning this favorite dish into a low-carb delight is to skip the can of "pop biscuits." Instead, you'll make low-carb biscuits from scratch to top the creamy mix of chicken and veggies. Don't worry, it's quick and easy.


Chinese Five Spice Chicken

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A simple recipe, everyone at the table will love this Chinese chicken dish. It's filled with flavor and requires a marinade that you will have to plan for.

The marinade is a bit sweet and is full of warm spices like cinnamon, cloves, and anise (three of the five spices in Chinese five-spice powder). It also includes ginger, soy sauce, and dry sherry and the finished chicken is very tasty.


Chicken a la King

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Chicken a la king is another fabulous comfort food. While you're cooking this one up, consider making a double batch. Save half in the freezer and your next meal will be even easier.

This recipe is a creamy delight and you might not even notice that it's low-carb. It works with turkey as well and is best served with cauliflower rice or a low-carb pasta substitute.


Chicken Alfredo With Shirataki Noodles

Chicken Alfredo.

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Shirataki noodles are a perfect alternative to pasta when you're following a low-carb diet. They are the star of this quick and easy twist on chicken alfredo.

All you really need for this recipe is chicken and a jar of alfredo sauce. However, adding some broccoli, mushrooms, onions, and a red bell pepper rounds off the taste and completes the meal.


Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore

Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore
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Who doesn't love to put some ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning and have a full dinner at the end of the day?  This version of a classic Italian dish will fill your home with a mouth-watering aroma as well.

Chicken cacciatore includes onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, garlic, and tomatoes. Add some Italian seasonings and turn on the slow cooker. It's incredibly easy.


Chicken or Turkey Tetrazinni

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Another Italian classic transformed into a low-carb family dinner, this tetrazinni recipe is delicious and simple. You can make it even easier by picking up a deli chicken on the way home.

Mushrooms, onions, and chicken or turkey are the focus in this dish. The white sauce is a cream and soy milk blend and it can be served over squash, shirataki noodles, or your favorite low-carb pasta.


Chicken Vegetable Soup

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Chicken soup is nourishing, sustaining, and seems to always make us feel better, whether we're sick or not. Making chicken soup at home is very easy and it's much healthier than the canned options.

The best part of this recipe is that you can customize it with whatever you have in the kitchen. It's a great way to use up vegetables and can be seasoned with the herbs of your choice.


Chicken Fajitas

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A perfect way to use up leftover chicken, homemade fajitas are quick to make at home. You can pick up low-carb tortillas at many grocers, or skip them completely.

The recipe requires just a few simple ingredients that may already be in your kitchen. Onion and bell pepper complement the chicken strips and the sauce of soy, lime, and chili powder has a great flavor.


Quinoa Stuffed Chicken Roll-Ups

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For a recipe that's a bit unusual, these chicken roll-ups are a lot of fun. The catch here is that chicken breasts replace the tortillas typically used for roll-ups.

Inside your chicken, you'll roll cooked quinoa and steamed carrots and broccoli. A little feta, spinach, and lemon juice finish this light entree off perfectly.

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