lemon butter chicken

Keto Lemon Spinach Butter Chicken

Let’s talk about easy, keto recipes that come together in just under 30 minutes. If you have a bowl of lemons on your counter all the time, then you’d better start cooking with them. Who doesn’t love a recipe that is both healthy and packed with good flavors? Try this outrageously low carb, good chicken dish for tonight’s dinner.

Chicken is one of those super versatile ingredients that you can easily find trillions of recipes to cook them, but this creamy, savory lemon butter chicken you don’t want to miss out. 

First off, get your hands on a good quality, organic boneless chicken breasts, if you’re removing the bones yourself then save them for making some stock later on. 

Our version of keto lemon butter chicken has some baby spinach leaves. It is one of the most nutrient-loaded foods you can eat. With over 18 amino acids and a bunch of antioxidants that will benefit your body.

keto lemon butter chicken

Whether you’re on a standard diet or a low carb ketogenic diet, thyme perfectly fits into your meals. We made sure to include it in our dish to spice it up and benefit from its medicinal advantages. 

How To

Prepare the ingredients and preheat the oven at 400°F. 

ingredients lemon butter chicken

Season the chicken with salt, pepper and paprika and set a side. Ina frying pan, cook garlic and onion with butter. Once done, transfer to a baking dish.

garlic and onion lemon butter chicken

In the same pan, fry chicken with butter for 2-3 minutes on each side then transfer to the same baking dish. 

cook chicken lemon butter chicken

In the same frying pan, add spinach in and stir around until it’s wilted.

cook spinach lemon butter chicken

After that, add bone broth, cream cheese, lemon juice and thyme in and bring to boil.

cream cheese for lemon butter chicken

Transfer the spinach soup to the same baking dish that has chicken already in it. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes so the chicken gets cooked thoroughly and the sauce is thickened.

bake lemon butter chicken

Remove from the oven, let it stand for 5 minutes then serve and enjoy!

serve lemon butter chicken

Keto Lemon Spinach Butter Chicken

A rich and vibrant chicken dish that will immediately make it to your top favourite low-carb family meals.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Keto, Low Carb
Keyword: lemon butter chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 315kcal
Author: Rayane Chehab, MS, RDN


  • 2 chicken breasts or chicken thighs
  • 1/4 onion cut into thin slices
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cup baby spinach leaves
  • ½ cup cream cheese
  • 3 tbsp butter divided
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 sprigs thyme fresh
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Season the chicken with salt, pepper and paprika. Set aside.
  • Melt one tablespoon of butter in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add minced garlic and onion in and cook stirring for approximately 3 minutes. Remove the cooked garlic-onion from the frying pan and place them in a baking dish or an oven-safe glass casserole dish.
  • Melt 2 spoons of the remaining butter in the same pan. Add chicken breast in and cook both sides until golden on the outside (about 2-3 minutes on each side). Remove and place the chicken in the same baking dish.
  • In the same frying pan, add spinach and cook for about 2 minutes until the spinach is tender.
  • Add chicken broth, cream cheese, lemon juice and thyme in and bring to boil.
  • Pour this spinach to the same baking dish with chicken then place it in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes.
  • Remove and let it cool for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy.


Nutrition Facts
Keto Lemon Spinach Butter Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 315 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 126mg42%
Sodium 525mg23%
Potassium 610mg17%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 2243IU45%
Vitamin C 16mg19%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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