Keto Zucchini Boats – Chicken Bacon Ranch

Wow, this turned out to be a crowd pleaser. Super simple, super fresh and super clean keto. There are so many options you can do with a zucchini boat. Tonight, I decided to try a chicken/bacon/ranch version. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 3/4 cup shredded natural cheese, your choice
  • 1/2 cup crumbled bacon
  • Ranch seasoning
  • 3 large, fairly straight zucchini

Instructions:

Get your chicken cooking so you can work on your stuffing and boats while it cooks. I prefer to cook mine in the air fryer. I air fry my breasts at 400 degrees for 13 minutes, flipping at the halfway point. Spray with avocado oil and use a seasoning of your choice.

While your chicken is cooking, cut the 2 ends of your zucchini off and slice down the middle. Do the best you can to cut as straight as you can. That’s why it’s important to select nice and straight zucchini.

Using a spoon, scoop out the insides. Be careful not to go too deep and don’t go all the way to the end. You want to create a nice pocket down the center.

Once you have scooped out the insides, spray with a bit of oil and season with salt and pepper. Place in the oven, or another airfryer if you have 2 like me, and cook for 10 minutes at 400 degrees. We just want to softened them up a bit.

Now, your chicken should be done. Let your chicken rest for no less than 5 minutes. Once rested, slice your breast longway, then chop into small pieces. I only needed 1 and 1/2 breast to fill 6 boats.

Add your sliced chicken to a mixing bowl, add your bacon and cheese and top with ranch seasoning. I didn’t measure, I just poured what I thought would be good. Mix well. Hit it again with some more ranch seasoning.

Now, time to get to filling up your boats. Get your spoon and put some of the CBR into the boat. Pack it in real good and make sure it’s not over-flowing. Continue until all of your boats are filled.

Place your boats into the air fryer or oven and cook at 400 degrees for about 10-15 minutes. You’ll know when they are ready when you see the cheese nice and brown and the bacon looking crispy. Remove, plate and enjoy!

Keto Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Pork Chops

This was plum ridiculous. It’s bursting with flavor and super easy to make. If you like jalapeno poppers and pork chops, you get the best of both worlds here. You are going to want to save this one and make it STAT!

Ingredients:

  • 1 block softened full fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup bacon crumbles
  • 4 or 5 fresh jalapenos
  • Seasonings of choice
  • 6 center cut pork loin chops

Instructions:

Begin by preparing the stuffing. In a large mixing bowl, add the cream cheese, bacon and jalapenos. Mix well until combined.

Now it’s time to prepare your pork chops. Begin by slicing a pocket on each one of the chops. Be careful not to cut all the way to the bottom and not too far on the sides. This way, all the stuffing will stay inside.

Using a spoon, pack each one of the pork chops with filling. Start with 1 spoonful in each and then keep adding until you are out of stuffing. You may have to use your thumb to pack it on in there! Use a toothpick across the top to close as best as you can.

Hit wach pork chop with some avocado spray and season to your liking. Don’t be afraid to season here!

Place your chops into the air fryer or oven, standing up. This will ensure all of your stuffing will stay inside during the cooking process. Air fry/bake at 400 degrees for about 17 minutes or you hit a minimum temp of 145 degrees. Remove and rest a few minutes.

Plate and enjoy!

Keto sausage, Squash/zucchini Air Fried Goodness

When naming this dish is harder than cooking it…. you know you got a good one! We are blessed with a beautiful garden that blesses our table. This squash and zucchini literally was picked this morning. You get to throw all of these ingredients into 1 air fryer and out pops magic. This was so fresh and wonderful, you’re going to want to enjoy. Did I mention how super clean keto this meal is?

Ingredients: (serves 4)

  • 4 squash/zucchini, whatever combination you like
  • 1/2 sweet onion
  • 4 strips of bacon
  • 1 link of sausage of choice (we chose brisket sausage)
  • Seasoning of choice
  • Salt/pepper to taste

Instructions:

We will start by prepping our squash or zucchini. For this meal, I feel it’s best to cut into large chunks. You choose how to slice based on your preference.

Next, slice your onion, your bacon and your link sausage

Pull out your air fryer basket. Layer the bottom with your squash and zucchini. Lightly spray with either olive oil or avocado oil. Then, season the vegetables with your choice of seasoning. Don’t be shy, put it on there! Give it a good shake, and hit it again. Finish off with some salt and pepper to taste.

Next, throw in the slices bacon, then the link sausage and top it off with your sliced onion.

Once you got it all in, set your air fryer to 400 degrees and air fry for about 20 minutes. You should stop the fryer every 7 minutes or so and shake it up. You’ll know it’s ready when your sausage has crisped and your veggies are just a bit al dente.

No need to wait for it to cool. Plate and enjoy. Top with cheese, sour cream, salsa…. or just leave it plain! Possibilities are endless. Enjoy your super clean keto meal!

Keto Cream Cheese Stuffed Air Fried Chicken Breasts

This turned out crazy good. I just decided I wanted cream cheese stuffed breast so I made it happen. Mixed in some bacon crumbles and cheddar cheese, Boom! This is a perfectly balanced macro, high fat from the cream cheese and your protein from the chicken. Not to mention, it’s super quick and easy to cook in the air fryer!

Ingredients (yields 3 breast)

  • 3 large chicken breasts, not split
  • 1 block (8oz.) cream cheese, full fat
  • 6tbs. bacon crumbles
  • 1 cup natural shredded cheddar cheese
  • Seasonings of choice

Instructions

Remove your chicken from your package. Cut a small slit on the large side of the breast. Do not cut all the way across, you just want to make a small pocket. You can insert the knife into the opening and work the pocket left to right.

In a mixing bowl, add your cream cheese, bacon, cheese and seasonings. Mix well until all ingredients are combined. Your cream cheese needs to be soft, but not too soft. It needs to stay somewhat firm so it doesn’t run out when cooking.

Open your pocket on your breast and start stuffing away. Now, I did fit all 8oz. mixture into 3 breasts. I’m sure I could have used less, but why not? Pack them in until your pocket is good and packed.

Seal the breast as closed as you can. Insert a few toothpicks if you want, it will help hold them together. Season your chicken with your favorite seasoning. Don’t forget, get that seasoning on there, don’t be scared.

Place in your air fryer, seam side up. You will not flip these so the cream cheese doesn’t run out. Air fry at 400 degrees for about 14 minutes, or your internal temp hits 165. Remove, plate and enjoy!!

Keto Air Fried Chicken Fritter

Tonight, we found something super simple and that packed a flavor punch. These Keto air fried chicken fritters really tasted so good and were very easy to make. I’m talking less than 15 minutes of prep and about the same to cook. If you’re looking for something tasty and something easy, this one right here is for you. You can also change the seasonings to your liking. With this recipe, it comes out on the Italian side. Hope you enjoy.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs of boneless skinless breast (I assume thigh would work too)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup of almond flour
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (use cheddar if you prefer)
  • Seasonings:
    • 2 tbs parsley
    • 2 tbs basil
    • 2 tbs chives
    • 1 tsp garlic powder
    • salt/pepper to taste

Instructions:

You will need to cut up your chicken into finely chopped pieces. If you don’t, your fritter will have a hard time staying together. Make sure you are using 1.5lbs. I used my scale to weigh it out and it was about 3 breasts. Chop up into small pieces.

About the size of a nickel or quarter

Now for the fun part. Take a large bowl, dump all of your ingredients in, including the seasoning. Mix this really well until you everything is mixed consistently.

All of your ingredients at once!

Time to make your fritter. Grab about a baseball size amount in your hand. Patty it up into a nice fritter shape. This mixture should make 8 so do your best to size them up. You can use a large ice cream scoop too if that helps. I just used my hands. Line your air fryer basket with parchment paper (trust me, this will help). Place your fritters in the basket. Continue making patties until you use up all the mixture.

Place basket into air fryer and air fry for about 16 minutes at 400 degrees. You will need to flip at halfway. Tongs can be used, your fritter should hold together well enough. Flip them and let them get nice and brown on top. Remove from air fryer, plate and enjoy. Dip your fritter in ranch or Rao’s marinara, you won’t be dissapointed.

Keto Air Fried Fish (tacos)

Fried fish has never been easier. Choose the type of fish you want and follow this recipe and you will have great golden, crunchy fried fish. I was very impressed how this turned out. Used catfish because that’s what Kroger’s butcher had on hand. Threw them on some folio cheese wraps for fish tacos! Hope you enjoy.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag Kroger pork rinds, spicy or mild or both
  • 4 eggs
  • 6 tbs almond flour
  • 4 tbs coconut flour
  • 3 oz shredded parmesan cheese
  • seasoning of choice
  • 4-6 fish fillets (catfish)

Instructions:

I like to prepare the fish first. I took the fillets and quartered them to make them more taco friendly. You can do smaller nuggets or leave the fillet whole, any combination will work.

Prepare you batter station. In your mixer, add your pork rinds and blend down. Remove the lid, add your parmesan cheese, seasoning, and 6 tbs of almond flour and blend another 10 seconds or so. Pour contents into a batter friendly dish.

In a separate bowl, add your eggs and whip. I chose to add more seasoning here because I believe in flavor!! On a plate, dump out your coconut flour. Set up the station from left to right, fish —> coconut flour —-> egg —-> pork rinds.

Let’s get to battering. Add fish to the coconut flour and coat both sides really well. Dip in the egg and coat both sides in egg really good. Remove from the egg and let excess drip off. Immediately add to the pork rind mix. Pat down really good and flip. Ensure you have a nice even coating on your fish. Continue until you have completed all your fish.

When done battering, place fish in your pre-heated air fryer and air fry at 400 degrees for 14 minutes. If you have a rack system, you shouldn’t have to flip. If you don’t have racks, I suggest flipping at halfway to get both sides crispy. Just be careful flipping as your breading will want to pull off. Remove from the air fryer and rest for a few minutes. Plate, and enjoy!

Keto Air Fried Colossal Turkey/Chicken Nuggets

No need to run out to your favorite fast food joint for that nugget fix. These are super simple to make at home and 100% Keto. For this batch, I used ground Turkey. It was very lean meat but came out extremely moist. You will not be disappointed. I made them huge but you can make them whatever size you want. Just remember that the cooking time will vary depending on how big you make them.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs ground turkey or chicken
  • 5 eggs
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 5 tbs almond flour
  • 1/2 bag Kroger plain/spicy pork rinds
  • Seasonings of choice

Instructions:

Batter:

Add your pork rinds to the blender and blend for ~10 seconds. Remove lid, add your almond flour and 1/2 cup grated parmesan. Put lid back on and blend again for ~10 seconds until you have a nicely mixed powder.

In a separate bowl, whip 2 eggs for the egg wash.

Nuggets:

In another bowl, add your turkey/chicken meat. Season generously, add your 1/4 cup of grated parmesan, and add 2 eggs. Mix really well until all of the ingredients are mixed well.

Roll out balls in whatever size you like. Dip in the egg and directly into the pork rind breading. Repeat this process until you use all of your meat.

Place your nuggets into your 400 degree pre-heated air fryer and air fry for ~20 minutes. If you do not have a rack system, you may need to flip at the halfway point. It’s important to ensure you hit the 165 internal temp. You might need a thermometer to check. You can find one here (this is my favorite and it’s cheap)—> https://amzn.to/2YFiV8m

Plate and enjoy!!

Keto Guru Air Fried Coconut Chicken

Super simple, super sweet coconut chicken. This actually happened by chance tonight. I was going to make shrimp again and the batch I was given wasn’t too appealing. So, I pulled out the trusty yard bird and threw down some tenders. This is really easy and I’m telling you, the coconut sweet drops really bring out that coconut flavor that’s missing from the unsweetened coconut flakes.

Ingredients:

  • 6 tbs coconut flour
  • 2 or 3 eggs
  • 5 oz unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 squirts of coconut sweet drops; can be found here —>> https://amzn.to/2Q0Ccwp

Instructions:

Set up your batter station from left to right. Chicken, coconut flour, egg wash, and then coconut flakes. In the eggs, add your 2 squirts of the sweet drops. You can thank me later.

Take your chicken from the package and roll in the coconut flour. Make sure you coat the entire surface of the tender.

Dip coated tender in the egg mixture. Make sure you let the excess run off.

Directly place your tender on the coconut. Press down gently and then flip. Make sure you get the coconut all over the entire surface. Place on your air fryer rack. Repeat until all of your tenders are coated. Season the tenders once all battered for extra flavor. I chose a spicy seasoning so we could have that sweet and spicy combo.

Place your tenders in your pre-heated air fryer for 12 minutes at 400 degrees. If you don’t have an air fryer with racks, you will need to flip at about 6 minutes. Remove when your 12 minutes are up and let the rest for a few minutes.

Plate however you like. Pair with a nice vegetable, a great salad (like I did), or just use to dip in your favorite Keto approved sauce. Enjoy this super simple recipe!