Keto Baked Caesar Salad Chicken Thighs in white baking dish fresh from oven.

Keto Baked Caesar Salad Chicken Thighs

Chicken Caesar salad is a healthy classic, but you’ve never had it like this! Try this incredibly easy recipe for Keto Baked Caesar Salad Chicken Thighs to experience a classic with a totally delicious modern twist!

Keto Baked Caesar Salad Chicken Thighs on white plate with bowl of parm cheese and fork in background.

Eating healthy in the middle of a busy work week can seem like such a challenge but not anymore thanks to this easy chicken! With only 3 grams of net carbs per serving, this is the ideal easy keto recipe for any day of the week!

This keto-friendly recipe is sure to become a favorite! You will love that everything about this dish is designed to be easy and delicious. From the succulent Caesar flavor to the crispy pork rind crunch, you will savor every sensational bite of this chicken!

Baked Caesar Salad Chicken has so much juicy and creamy flavor you will hardly believe that it only has 6 affordable ingredients! It is the perfect one-pan meal for cooks who love big flavor but hate a mess. Plus, it all comes together in under an hour making this tasty chicken too good to miss!

Ingredients needed to make Keto Baked Caesar Salad Chicken Thighs

Ingredients You Need for Keto Baked Caesar Salad Chicken Thighs

Chicken Thighs: For this delectable chicken dish, choose bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs. Not only does this cut of chicken have tons of flavor, but chicken thighs are one of the most affordable cuts. There is no need to wash your chicken, but you can take it out of the fridge about a half hour before cooking to let it rest. Resting at room temperature, helps the chicken cook evenly and thoroughly.

Parmesan Cheese: Freshly grated parmesan cheese is good but you can also use prepackages. Parmesan brings a plethora of tangy, nutty, and cheesy flavors to this simple recipe.

Caesar Dressing: Caesar dressing has an irresistible creamy flavor that makes this simple chicken taste rich without fuss! Use your favorite brand of keto-friendly Caesar dressing or make your own to add a mouth-watering, luscious flavor to this dish without all the carbs!

Sour Cream: Sour cream makes this dish even more decadent and satisfying. You can also opt for lactose-free or low-fat sour cream, as needed.

Pork Rind Crumbs: Half of what makes this chicken so amazing are the tasty textures. Pork rinds act like breadcrumbs without all the added carbs! The creamy Caesar-infused chicken is balanced by the delicious crunch of crushed pork rinds for a perfect bite!

Pepper: There is plenty of salt in the dressing and cheese to satisfy most palates, so a simple sprinkle of black pepper is all you will need to season these delicious chicken thighs.

How to Make Keto Baked Caesar Salad Chicken Thighs

  1. Preheat the oven. Grease a baking dish.
  2. Season the chicken with pepper and arrange it in the greased pan.
  3. Combine the Caesar dressing, sour cream, and parmesan cheese.
  4. Spread the caesar mixture over the chicken.
  5. Sprinkle the pork rind crumbs over the whole dish.
  6. Bake until the chicken is fully cooked and the cheese is bubbly and golden brown.

Expert Tips

Don’t sweat it if you are out of sour cream! You can trade the sour cream for Greek yogurt instead. The result is a slightly tangier, probiotic-infused flavor.

This baked dish is the perfect meaty main dish all on its own, but if you want to add some more color, try baking it with green beans, kale, or spinach.

Remember to grease the baking dish well. Not only does this prevent the chicken from sticking, but it makes cleanup much easier!

Everyone’s oven is a little different which can lead to some variations in cooking. If the cheesy mixture on your chicken appears to be browning too quickly, you can place a lid on the baking dish.

If you are unsure if the chicken thighs are fully cooked, check their internal temperature. Chicken thighs should be cooked to 165°F internally. It is essential to cook chicken all the way through to avoid foodborne illness.

Although the dish looks good enough to eat right away, it’s best to let it rest for a few minutes before digging in. This helps keep the chicken juicy and saves you from burns!

Keto Baked Caesar Salad Chicken Thighs in white baking dish fresh from oven.

Serving Ideas

Caesar Salad Chicken Thighs are a perfect keto-protein, but they need some supporting players to really shine!

Here are a few tasty ideas for serving this chicken:

  • Fresh Salad: Pair them with a colorful arugula salad.
  • Roasted Veggies: Serve some roasted broccoli and cauliflower on the side.
  • Keto Mash: The creamy Caesar sauce is too good to waste, so try plating the chicken on top of a cauliflower mash with a generous scoop of the sauce.
  • Zoodles: Make the meal complete by serving the chicken over a bed of fresh keto-friendly zoodles.

Storing Suggestions

It is so easy to store this delicious weeknight meal!

Allow the chicken to cool completely and then either wrap the baking dish in plastic wrap or transfer its contents to an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 4 days.

To reheat the chicken, bake in a 350°F oven for up to 15 minutes. This method is ideal for reheating more than one portion of chicken.

Alternatively, warm a single portion quickly by using the microwave. Place the chicken on a microwave-safe plate and heat for up to 2 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I Double the Recipe?

A: This delicious chicken dish makes about 4 servings, but if you are feeding a crowd you can absolutely double the recipe. Just remember to choose a larger baking dish, like a 13×9, to accommodate the larger portion.

Q: Can I Use Chicken Wings Instead of Thighs?

A: Yes, you can; however, chicken wings are smaller than thighs and will therefore cook a little faster. Start checking the wings for doneness at about 30 minutes instead of 40 minutes.

Q: How Long Does This Chicken Take?

A: This delectable chicken thigh recipe is so quick! Preparation takes from 5-15 minutes and the baking takes about 40 minutes. The whole dish is done in under an hour!

If you like this chicken recipe, here are a few other keto recipes to try.

Keto Baked Caesar Salad Chicken Thighs on white plate with bowl of parm cheese and fork in background.

Keto Baked Caesar Salad Chicken Thighs

There are tons of different ways to cook chicken! If you are looking to try something new, try these keto baked caesar salad chicken thighs. It is such a great dish for a weeknight or weekend meal.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 792 kcal


  • 4 Chicken Thighs Bone in and skin on
  • 1 ⅓ Cups Parmesan Cheese grated
  • 1 Cup Caesar Dressing
  • ½ Cup Sour cream
  • 1 Cup Pork Rind Crumbs
  • Black Pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Grease 9×9 baking dish well.
  • Sprinkle chicken with pepper, and place in greased.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together the parmesan, caesar dressing, and sour cream. Mix well.
  • Pour the mixture evenly over the chicken in the baking dish.
  • Take the pork rind crumbs and sprinkle it over the coated chicken.
  • Bake for 40 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.

Estimated Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 792kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 69g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 24g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 180mg | Sodium: 1469mg | Potassium: 315mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 463mg | Iron: 2mg | Net Carbs: 3g

Know that estimated nutrition facts are just a guideline and will vary depending on any variation you make or brand you use from what we have listed.

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