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Low carb broccoli recipes: Ranch Chicken and Broccoli

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Welcome to another savory exploration, where we dive into the verdant world of broccoli through some delightful low carb recipes. Broccoli is a favorite on my dinner table, and I've always appreciated its versatility. Whether it's the star of the show or a supporting character, it never fails to add a refreshing crunch and a nutrition boost to a meal. It’s a quintessential vegetable that’s not only low in carbs but also loaded with essential vitamins and minerals. You will love this selection of low carb broccoli recipes.

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Today, I'm here to share with you 10 low carb broccoli recipes that can make your meals exciting and healthy, especially if you are on a keto diet. These recipes range from main dishes to side dishes, providing you a variety to choose from. So, let's get started!

As someone who’s continuously exploring the endless possibilities within the low carb and keto culinary scene, stumbling upon a gem like the Keto Creamy Ranch Chicken and Broccoli Skillet was nothing short of a delightful culinary revelation. The dance of textures and flavors between tender chicken and fresh broccoli enveloped in a rich, creamy ranch sauce not only satisfies the taste buds but also aligns perfectly with the dietary requisites of a low carb regimen.

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This dish is more than just its delightful flavors; it’s about the ease and minimalism involved in its preparation which embodies the spirit of homely, fuss-free cooking while not compromising on health or taste. It's the kind of meal that assures you that low carb or keto dining doesn't have to be boring or restrictive, but rather an exciting venture into wholesome, hearty meals.

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1. Keto Creamy Ranch Chicken and Broccoli Skillet

This one-pan wonder is sure to win hearts at the dinner table. The creamy ranch flavor melds beautifully with the tender chicken and vibrant broccoli, creating a dish that's comforting yet light. Here’s how you can make this keto broccoli recipe:

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25-30 minutes

Servings: 4

Net Carbs: 5 net carbs per serving

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Large boneless skinless chicken breasts cut in half lengthwise
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Ranch seasoning divided
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter
  • ½ Onion chopped
  • 2 tsp. Minced garlic
  • ¼ C. Chicken broth
  • 3 C. Broccoli florets
  • 1 ¼ C. Heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ C. Parmesan cheese grated

Instructions:

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.

Season the chicken with 1 tablespoon of the Ranch seasoning.

chicken being sautéed in skillet

Add the chicken to the heated skillet, and sauté until evenly browned on each side and completely cooked through. Remove and set aside.

Place the butter in the skillet, and reduce the heat to medium.

onions added to skillet

Stir in the onion, and sauté until beginning to soften.

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Mix in the garlic, and sauté for 30 seconds longer.

Pour in the chicken broth, and add the broccoli to the skillet.

Cover and simmer until the broccoli is a crisp tender.

ranch added to chicken and broccoli

Stir in the heavy whipping cream and remaining Ranch seasoning, and simmer until the sauce has thickened.

Return the chicken to the skillet.

Sprinkle with parmesan cheese before serving.

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Recipe Tips:

  • Quality of Ingredients: Start with fresh, quality ingredients for low carb broccoli recipes. Fresh broccoli and good quality chicken will significantly impact the taste and texture of the dish.
  • Chicken Preparation: Cutting the chicken breasts in half lengthwise helps in even cooking. Also, feel free to use chicken thighs if you prefer; they bring a different level of tenderness and flavor to the dish.
  • Ranch Seasoning: You can find ranch seasoning at the grocery store, or make your own mix with common pantry spices. Homemade seasoning allows you to control the ingredients and avoid any unwanted additives.
  • Skillet Selection: A well-seasoned cast iron skillet or a good non-stick skillet is ideal for this recipe as it allows for even heating and a good sear on the chicken.
  • Vegetable Variation: While broccoli is a star in this dish, feel free to toss in other low-carb veggies like cauliflower, bell peppers, or zucchini to enhance the nutrient profile and colors of the dish.
  • Heavy Whipping Cream Substitute: If you're looking to lower the fat content, consider substituting heavy whipping cream with coconut milk or half-and-half, although the final texture and taste might vary slightly.
  • Storage: This dish stores well in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat on the stove over medium heat to retain the texture and flavors.
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The Keto Creamy Ranch Chicken and Broccoli Skillet is a testament to the fact that simplicity, health, and flavor can coexist in a single dish. It’s a great recipe for weeknight dinners when time is of the essence yet the craving for something hearty and wholesome prevails. Each ingredient contributes to a melody of flavors making every bite an experience in itself. Plus, the minimal cleanup is a bonus that every home cook will appreciate.

Now, with a better understanding of the recipe and some useful tips, you're all set to bring this comforting dish to your dinner table and enjoy a hearty meal that aligns with your low carb or keto lifestyle.



Transitioning from the heartwarming comfort of the Keto Creamy Ranch Chicken and Broccoli Skillet, let’s embark on a culinary journey through nine more low carb broccoli recipes that encapsulate the essence of wholesome, nutritious, and delightful keto cooking. These recipes are meticulously crafted to bring a fusion of flavors, textures, and nutrients right to your plate, ensuring each meal is an exciting adventure. Whether you're in the mood for a robust main dish, a creamy soup, a crispy snack, or a refreshing salad, the following low carb broccoli recipes have got you covered.

2. Broccoli Cheese Soup

Dive into a bowl of rich, comforting, and creamy broccoli and cheese soup that’s not only nourishing but adheres to your low carb dietary routine. A delightful blend of fresh broccoli florets, sharp cheddar cheese, and a medley of spices create a soothing meal perfect for cozy evenings.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and sauté until translucent.
  3. Stir in the chicken broth and broccoli florets.
  4. Simmer until the broccoli is tender.
  5. Blend the mixture until smooth, return to pot.
  6. Stir in the heavy cream and cheddar cheese until well combined.
  7. Season with salt and black pepper.
  8. Serve warm.

3. Broccoli Almond Salad

A crisp, refreshing keto broccoli salad that's a harmonious blend of textures and flavors. The crunch of fresh broccoli florets, a medley of seeds, and a tangy, creamy dressing make it a perfect side dish for any occasion.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix mayonnaise, sour cream, salt, and black pepper.
  2. Toss the broccoli florets and sliced almonds in the mixture until well coated.
  3. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

4. Keto Broccoli Casserole

This low carb broccoli cheese casserole is a hearty, comforting dish that combines tender broccoli florets with a rich, cheesy sauce. It's a perfect keto-friendly dish that the whole family will adore.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Steam or microwave the broccoli florets until tender-crisp.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine heavy cream, cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.
  4. Stir in the broccoli florets until well mixed.
  5. Transfer to a baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes until bubbly and golden.
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5. Broccoli and Cheddar Stuffed Chicken

A delectable combination of tender chicken breasts stuffed with a creamy broccoli and cheddar filling. This dish is a testament to the amazing flavor pairing of broccoli and cheese, with a low carb profile to boot.

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups broccoli florets, steamed
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Cut a pocket into each chicken breast and set aside.
  3. In a bowl, mix steamed broccoli, cheddar cheese, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.
  4. Stuff each chicken breast with the broccoli and cheddar mixture.
  5. Place the stuffed chicken breasts in a prepared baking dish.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

6. Broccoli Fritters

A delightful crunch on the outside, tender and flavorful on the inside, these Keto Broccoli Fritters make for a perfect appetizer or snack. Paired with a tangy dipping sauce, it's a low carb treat that’s hard to resist.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups broccoli florets, steamed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, combine broccoli, almond flour, parmesan cheese, egg, salt, and black pepper.
  2. Form into small patties.
  3. Fry in a bit of olive oil over medium heat until crispy on both sides.

7. Roasted Broccoli with Lemon and Parmesan

Transform broccoli into a gourmet delight with this simple yet elegant recipe. The roasting process unveils a nutty flavor which is beautifully complemented by the zest of lemon and the salty punch of Parmesan cheese, making it a delightful low carb side dish.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. Toss broccoli florets with olive oil, salt, and black pepper.
  3. Spread on a prepared baking sheet and roast for 20-25 minutes until crispy.
  4. Toss with lemon zest and parmesan cheese before serving.

8. Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

Embrace the crisp textures and vibrant colors in this refreshing Broccoli Cauliflower Salad. It's a symphony of crunchiness that pairs well with a light, tangy dressing. Not only is it a visual delight, but it's also a low carb delight that showcases how simple ingredients can create a flavorful impact. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream, salt, and black pepper.
  2. Add broccoli, cauliflower, and cheddar cheese, tossing to coat.
  3. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving.
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9. Broccoli Beef Stir-Fry

This dish brings a classic takeout favorite right to your kitchen with a low carb twist. Enjoy tender slices of beef mingling with fresh broccoli in a savory, slightly sweet stir-fry sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb (450g) beef, thinly sliced
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, minced

Instructions:

  1. In a large skillet or wok, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add beef slices and stir-fry until browned.
  3. Stir in broccoli, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger.
  4. Continue to stir-fry until broccoli is tender.
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10. Air Fryer Broccoli

Air Fryer Broccoli is a quick, easy, and delicious side dish for any meal. The high heat of the air fryer crisps the broccoli to perfection while retaining its vibrant green color and nutritional punch. It's a healthier alternative to traditional frying, giving you a guilt-free, low-carb option that's ready in minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Toss broccoli florets with olive oil, salt, and black pepper.
  2. Place in the air fryer basket and cook at 375°F (190°C) for 7-10 minutes until crispy.
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Low carb broccoli recipes: Frequently Asked Questions

Is broccoli good for a low carb diet?

Absolutely! Broccoli is considered a low-carb vegetable, making it a great choice for those following a low-carb or ketogenic diet. It's not only low in carbohydrates but is also packed with essential nutrients like vitamins C and K, folate, and also provides a good amount of fiber which is beneficial for digestion. The fiber content in broccoli can also help in keeping you feel full, which can be particularly beneficial when you're trying to manage your weight. Besides, its versatility in recipes makes it a perfect ingredient for various low carb dishes.

Is steamed broccoli low carb?

Yes, steaming is a cooking method that does not add any extra carbohydrates to broccoli. A cup of chopped, steamed broccoli contains about 6 grams of carbohydrates and around 2.4 grams of dietary fiber, netting only 3.6 grams of carbs. It's a nutritious and low carb way to enjoy broccoli. Moreover, steaming broccoli can help retain most of its nutrients which might be lost in other cooking methods.

Can eating too much broccoli be keto?

While broccoli is keto-friendly, as with any food, it's important to consume it in moderation. Every body reacts differently to carb intakes, and while broccoli is low in net carbs, eating too much of it could potentially kick you out of ketosis if it causes your daily carb intake to exceed the limits of your keto diet. Typically, a ketogenic diet restricts carb intake to about 20-50 grams per day. Hence, keeping an eye on portion sizes and tracking your daily carb intake can help you stay within your carb limits and maintain ketosis.

Can you eat unlimited broccoli on keto?

Even though broccoli is a keto-friendly vegetable, it's essential to maintain a balanced diet and monitor your daily carb intake to ensure it aligns with your keto goals. Consuming broccoli in moderation as part of a varied keto diet can contribute to a nutritious and satisfying meal plan without jeopardizing your state of ketosis. It's advisable to measure and track your broccoli intake alongside other foods to ensure you're staying within your daily carb allotment.

How can I make my broccoli taste better while keeping it low carb?

Great question! Broccoli can be delicious when prepared well. Here are some suggestions:

  • Seasoning is Key: A bit of salt and pepper can go a long way. You can also experiment with other seasonings like garlic powder, onion powder, or even a pinch of red pepper flakes for a kick of spice.
  • Healthy Fats: Tossing broccoli with olive oil or butter before roasting or sautéing can enhance its flavor.
  • Cheese: A sprinkle of parmesan cheese or a drizzle of melted cheddar can make broccoli truly tantalizing while keeping it low carb.
  • Lemon Juice or Vinegar: A squeeze of fresh lemon juice or a dash of balsamic vinegar can add a fresh and zesty flavor to steamed or roasted broccoli.
  • Nutritional Yeast: Nutritional yeast can provide a cheesy and nutty flavor while being low in carbs.
  • Fresh Herbs: Fresh herbs like parsley, dill, or thyme can elevate the taste of broccoli without adding carbs.
  • Roasting: Roasting broccoli at a high temperature can caramelize its natural sugars and bring out a sweet, nutty flavor.

Key Takeaways: low carb broccoli recipes

  • Versatile Ingredient: Broccoli is a great ingredient that pairs well with various flavors, making it easy to incorporate into your low carb or keto diet.
  • Nutrient-Dense: It's a powerhouse of essential vitamins and minerals, contributing to your overall nutrient intake on a low-carb diet.
  • Easy to Prepare: From simple steaming to roasting or including it in complex dishes, broccoli is fairly easy to prepare.
  • Keto-Friendly: Broccoli is keto-friendly and can be enjoyed in moderation on a keto diet.
  • Flavor Enhancer: With the right seasonings and preparation techniques, broccoli can become a flavorful addition to your meals.

With the above insights and recipes at your disposal, you're well on your way to making broccoli a staple in your low carb culinary adventures.

Low carb broccoli recipes conclusion

Embracing a low carb lifestyle doesn't have to mean saying goodbye to good taste or your favorite vegetables. Our highlighted Keto Creamy Ranch Chicken and Broccoli Skillet is a testament to the delectable recipes you can create with humble broccoli. Along with nine other flavorful low carb broccoli recipes we explored, there's no shortage of culinary adventures awaiting you. Whether you're meal prepping for the week, or looking for a quick, nutritious main dish to enjoy with your family, these recipes are here to satisfy.

So go ahead, pick a recipe, and relish the wholesome goodness of broccoli in a low carb, high flavor avatar. Your taste buds (and your waistline) will thank you!

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Keto Creamy Ranch Chicken and Broccoli Skillet

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Delight in this Keto Creamy Ranch Chicken and Broccoli Skillet—a perfect blend of tender chicken, fresh broccoli, and a rich, creamy ranch sauce. A quick, easy, and delicious meal that makes sticking to a low carb or keto diet effortlessly satisfying.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Large boneless skinless chicken breasts cut in half lengthwise
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Ranch seasoning divided
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter
  • ½ Onion chopped
  • 2 tsp. Minced garlic
  • ¼ C. Chicken broth
  • 3 C. Broccoli florets
  • 1 ¼ C. Heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ C. Parmesan cheese grated

Instructions

    Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat.
    Season the chicken with 1 tablespoon of the Ranch seasoning.
    Add the chicken to the heated skillet, and saute until evenly browned on each side and completely cooked through. Remove and set aside.
    Place the butter in the skillet, and reduce the heat to medium.
    Stir in the onion, and saute until beginning to soften.
    Mix in the garlic, and saute for 30 seconds longer.
    Pour in the chicken broth, and add the broccoli to the skillet.
    Cover and simmer until the broccoli is a crisp tender.
    Stir in the heavy whipping cream and remaining Ranch seasoning, and simmer until the sauce has thickened.
    Return the chicken to the skillet.
    Sprinkle with parmesan cheese before serving.

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