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Easy Keto Baked Chicken Caesar Thighs

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Craving a juicy, flavorful dinner that won't ruin your keto goals? You're in luck! This Keto Baked Chicken Thighs recipe is incredibly easy and packed with flavor. Seriously, get ready to be amazed with this easy recipe!

How do you make the best keto baked chicken thighs? 

This Keto Baked Caesar Chicken Thighs recipe delivers perfectly crispy skin and juicy meat. Here's the key to achieving this with your keto chicken thigh recipes:

  • Flavorful coating: A blend of Caesar dressing, sour cream, Parmesan, and pork rind crumbs creates a tangy, savory crust. Delicious simple ingredients for an easy chicken recipe.
  • 400-degree oven: High heat is essential for the crispiest chicken skin.
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  • Internal temp is key: Use a meat thermometer to ensure chicken reaches 165 degrees F for food safety.
Close-up of a Keto Baked Chicken Thighs dish topped with golden porkrinds and garnished with parsley in a white dish.

Keto Baked Chicken Caesar Thighs Recipe

This Keto Baked Chicken Caesar Thighs recipe delivers a burst of flavor and a satisfying crunch. A creamy Caesar dressing, Parmesan, and pork rind crumb coating creates irresistible crispy skin on perfectly cooked chicken thighs. It's a low-carb, quick-prep meal perfect for busy weeknights.

Prep Time: 15 minutes 

Cook Time: 40 minutes 

Servings: 4 

Net Carbs: 3 net carbs per serving

Keto Baked Chicken Thighs ingredients overhead.

Ingredients:

  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1 ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup Keto-friendly Caesar dressing
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 cup pork rind crumbs
  • Black Pepper to taste
Four raw chicken breasts seasoned with salt and pepper in an baking dish.
A bowl of dry, crumbled Parmesan cheese viewed from above.
A spoonful of sour cream held above a bowl of parmesan cheese.
Pouring creamy Caesar dressing from a measuring cup onto a bowl of salad, with a spoon and bowl ingredients.
Adding ingredients over Keto Baked Chicken Thighs in a white baking dish, ready for baking.
Sprinkle the chicken with the pork rind crumbs.

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and prepare your baking dish: Generously grease a 9x9 inch baking dish.
  2. Pat the chicken dry: Use paper towels to gently pat the chicken thighs dry. This helps achieve the crispiest possible skin.
  3. Season generously: Season both sides of the chicken thighs with black pepper. You can also add other keto-friendly seasonings like garlic powder, onion powder, or Italian seasoning.
  4. Make the creamy coating: In a small bowl, combine the Caesar dressing, sour cream, and Parmesan cheese. Mix until well combined.
  5. Coat the chicken: Spread the Caesar mixture evenly over each chicken thigh, covering the top and sides.
  6. Add the crunch: Sprinkle the pork rind crumbs liberally over the chicken, ensuring even coverage for maximum crispiness.
  7. Bake to perfection: Bake for 40 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh should read 165 degrees F.
Baked Keto Baked Chicken Thighs in pan.

Side Dish Ideas

  • Roasted Veggies: Brussels sprouts are excellent, but this method works with other low-carb veggies too! Broccoli,asparagus, and green beans tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper roast beautifully alongside the chicken.
  • A Simple Salad: A fresh green salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, and your favorite keto-friendly dressing keeps things light and complements the richer chicken. Add a sprinkle of Parmesan for extra richness.
  • Creamy Comfort: Mashed cauliflower rice is a classic, but for something extra-special try "loaded" cauliflower mash. Stir in some sour cream, bacon bits, and shredded cheese for a decadent side.
Horizontal image of chicken dish in baking pan.

Tips for the Best Results

  • Pat the chicken dry: Removing excess moisture with a paper towel is crucial for the crispiest skin.
  • Don't overcrowd the pan: Give the chicken space to allow hot air to circulate and crisp up the skin evenly.
  • Use a wire rack: Elevating the chicken on a wire rack placed inside the baking dish promotes airflow and helps the underside get crispy too.
  • Check the temperature early: Start checking the internal temperature with a meat thermometer about 5 minutes before the recommended cooking time to avoid overcooking.
  • No Pork Rinds? No Problem: Finely crushed nuts seasoned with onion powder and a bit of olive oil make a decent substitute. For extra crunch, try a mix of crushed nuts and a small amount of finely grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Temperature is Key: An instant-read thermometer is your best friend with any chicken recipe. It eliminates guesswork and ensures perfectly cooked meat. Aim for 165 degrees F in the thickest part of the thigh.
  • Let it Rest: Don't skip this! Letting the chicken rest for 5-10 minutes after baking allows the juices to redistribute,making your chicken extra tender and preventing dry meat.
Keto Baked Chicken Thighs on a white plate.

FAQ

  • Can I use chicken breasts instead of thighs with this keto chicken thighs recipe? Yes, but keep in mind that chicken breasts dry out more easily.Reduce the cooking time by about 5-10 minutes and make sure the internal temperature still reaches 165 degrees F.
  • Can I make this ahead of time? You can assemble the chicken and coating up to a day in advance. Store it covered in the refrigerator and bake when ready.
  • How do I store leftovers? Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • How should I reheat leftovers? For the crispiest results, reheat leftovers in the oven or air fryer at 350 degrees F until warmed through.

Conclusion

This Keto Baked Caesar Chicken Thighs recipe is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser and perfect for busy weeknights. Guaranteed your whole family with love this keto recipe. It's a simple, low-carb meal that delivers maximum flavor. Give it a try  if you are on the keto diet and let me know what you think!

Yield: 4

Keto Baked Chicken Caesar Thighs

Close-up of a Keto Baked Chicken Thighs dish topped with golden porkrinds and garnished with parsley in a white dish.

Enjoy a delicious and easy keto dinner with this Keto Baked Chicken Caesar Thighs recipe! Juicy chicken thighs are coated in a creamy Caesar mixture and baked until golden brown with a crispy skin.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 Bone in and skin on chicken thighs
  • 1 ⅓ C. Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 C. Caesar dressing
  • ½ C. Sour cream
  • 1 C. Pork rind crumbs
  • Pepper to taste

Instructions

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
    Season the chicken with pepper, and place in a 9x9 well greased baking dish.
    In a bowl, mix together the caesar dressing, sour cream and parmesan cheese.
    Spread the mixture over the chicken in the baking dish.
    Sprinkle the chicken with the pork rind crumbs.
    Bake for 40 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.

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