Crock-Pot Chicken Parmesan {low-carb version}

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Chicken Parmesan is one of my all-time favorite meals! However, I don’t love all the fat and calories that come with it. Fortunately, I decided to create a healthier low-carb version that satisfied my craving while also fitting into my macros!

chicken parmesan healthier version

Healthier Crockpot Chicken Parmesan

I used a slow cooker to prepare this recipe, which was fantastic! I didn’t oven-fry the chicken or include breadcrumbs as I needed this recipe to be as low carb as possible. My entire family loved it. In fact, my two-year-old ate two helpings!

I served the Chicken Parmesan over spaghetti squash with roasted asparagus and broccoli. If you’ve never prepared spaghetti squash, here is a step-by-step tutorial. I used a jar of spaghetti sauce in this recipe that is low in carbs with no added sugars. I’ll add several different options in the questions and answers below.

If you’d like more keto chicken recipes make sure to check out my recipe index for easy meal ideas.

HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN PARMESAN LOW CARB

Chicken Parmesan is such a delicious meal, but unfortunately, it has too many carbs for me. To make Chicken Parmesan healthier, you need to make a few substitutions. First, substitute the pasta noodles for spaghetti squash. You can barely taste the difference once the meal is put together! Second, omit the breadcrumbs completely. The dish tastes fantastic without them anyway. Spaghetti squash is a wonderful low-carb pasta substitution. If cooked right, spaghetti squash is a delicious substitute that also gives you some veggies! There are also other keto/low-carb pasta substitutions.

Ingredients:

  • Chicken breasts– Boneless, skinless chicken breasts. 
  • Spaghetti Sauce– This can either be store-bought or homemade. 
  • Parmesan Cheese– This is for sprinkling on top. 
  • Mozzarella Cheese– This is for sprinkling on top. 
  • Spaghetti Squash – This is a low-carb pasta alternative. 

Steps to Making Keto Chicken Parmesan:

Make sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for the full recipe and ingredients.

Step 1: Place chicken breasts in the bottom of the slow cooker.

Step 2: Cover chicken with one jar of spaghetti sauce, one can of diced tomatoes, four garlic cloves, and one teaspoon of Italian seasoning and cook on LOW for 6 hours or on HIGH for 4 hours.

Step 3: Once the chicken is done, spoon spaghetti sauce into a greased casserole dish.

Step 4: Place cooked chicken breasts on top of spaghetti sauce (chicken may break into pieces).

Step 5: Sprinkle Parmesan and Mozzarella on top of chicken breasts.

Step 6: Turn the oven on broil and place it on the top rack of the oven.

Step 7: Broil for 2-3 minutes or until the Mozzarella cheese begins to brown.

Step 8: Serve either on spaghetti squash or on whole-grain noodles.

 

What Are Other Good Substitutions for Parmesan Cheese?

If you’re not a fan of Parmesan cheese, Romano, Pecorino, or Asiago are all wonderfully tangy cheeses that go great with this dish.

What Garnishes Can I Sprinkle On Top?

If you want to get fancy, you can sprinkle chopped fresh basil or parsley on top for a true Italian feast!

Can I Use Another Sauce Besides Spaghetti Sauce?

If you don’t want to use spaghetti sauce or just want to switch things up, you could use a low-carb Alfredo sauce!

Is Tomato Sauce Healthy?

Marinera sauce with no added sugar is very healthy! Below I have added a list of no sugar added sauces.

Low Carb Marinera Sauce Options without any added sugars:

  • Rao’s Homemade Marinara Sauce – 4g net carbs per ½ cup
  • Rao’s Homemade Tomato Basil Sauce – 3g net carbs per ½ cup
  • Lucini Italia Organic Tuscan Marinara Sauce – 3g net carbs per ½ cup
  • Lucini Italia Organic Rustic Tomato Basil – 3g net carbs per ½ cup
  • Mezzetta Napa Valley Homemade Sauce Marinara – 6g net carbs per ½ cup
  • ALDI Simply Selected Premium Marinara – 5g net carbs per ½ cup

What Can I Use Instead of Garlic?

If you don’t have garlic, you can use garlic powder instead. In this recipe, you’d substitute 1/2 tsp of garlic powder for the four fresh garlic cloves.

What Kind of Chicken Should I Use in Crockpot Chicken Parmesan?

The recipe calls for boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Try to look for medium size chicken breasts. If the chicken breasts are larger, make sure to follow one of the options below to thin them out, so they cook evenly. You could also use boneless chicken thighs if preferred.

Option 1:

Using a Ziploc bag or plastic wrap, pound the chicken until it is thinner but not too thin, or it’ll burn.

Option 2:

Slice your breasts in half lengthwise. If they are still too thick, use Option 1 to thin them out even further.

Other sides you can serve with this dish:

Other keto chicken dinners:

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Chicken Parmesan {healthier version}

Author: Kasey Trenum

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 jar no sugar added spaghetti sauce (see options in notes)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes Italian style
  • 4 garlic cloves diced
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  • Place chicken breasts in the bottom of a slow cooker.
  • Cover chicken with the next 5 ingredients and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours.
  • Once the chicken is done, spoon spaghetti sauce into a greased casserole dish.
  • Place cooked chicken breasts on top of a low-carb spaghetti sauce. (Chicken may break in pieces since it is tender.)
  • Sprinkle parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese on top of chicken breasts.
  • Turn oven on broil and place chicken on the top rack of the oven.
  • Broil for 2-3 minutes or until the mozzarella cheese begins to brown.
  • Serve on either spaghetti squash or whole grain noodles if you don't eat low-carb.

Notes

Low Carb Marinera Sauce Options without any added sugars:

  • Rao’s Homemade Marinara Sauce – 4g net carbs per ½ cup
  • Rao’s Homemade Tomato Basil Sauce – 3g net carbs per ½ cup
  • Lucini Italia Organic Tuscan Marinara Sauce – 3g net carbs per ½ cup
  • Lucini Italia Organic Rustic Tomato Basil – 3g net carbs per ½ cup
  • Mezzetta Napa Valley Homemade Sauce Marinara – 6g net carbs per ½ cup
  • ALDI Simply Selected Premium Marinara – 5g net carbs per ½ cup
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3 Comments

    1. Hey Jess, I created this recipe before I started eating keto so I didn’t calculate nutritional information then.

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