Chicken and Veg with Balsamic Drizzle (Keto)

Chicken and Veg with Balsamic Drizzle

The great flavour of this chicken and veg dish is enhanced further by the addition of fresh basil and roasted vegetables. I especially love the balsamic mustard reduction which is drizzled over at the end – it brings a sharpness that shapes the whole dish (and a key flavour to the end-result). The whole lot takes only 35 minutes to cook, but this means getting some things going at the same time: I have outlined an efficient order in the method below. Remember, always preheat your oven and prep all your components before you even start cooking – its good practice for any cook. As amazing as this dish is, you may want to save it for a day after intermittent fasting because it still calculates at 12g carbs per serving. Be sure to see all the Poultry dishes on the site.

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Carbs 12g | Fat 39g | Protein 53g
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Chicken and Veg with Balsamic Drizzle (Keto)

A colourful, high-fibre chicken and veg dinner featuring cauliflower rice. The predominant flavours are the fresh basil stirred through at the end and the delicious balsamic mustard drizzle. All this at 12g carbs per serving.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine General
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 people

Per serving

Calories: 614kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 39g


For the chicken and vegetables

  • 4 large chicken thighs, skin-on
  • salt
  • 3 TB lard
  • 1/2 onion, peeled and finely sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely sliced
  • 500 g (17.6 oz) blitzed cauliflower florets
  • 200 g (7.1 oz) large asparagus, chopped
  • 2 organic tomatoes, quartered
  • generous handful basil leaves

For the balsamic drizzle

  • 100 g (3.5 oz) balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp wholegrain mustard


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan oven). This is 200°C for conventional ovens (or 400°F / gas mark 6).
  • Assuming you have all your ingredients prepped and ready, proceed with the recipe. (The habit of having everything 'in it's place' before cooking is called 'mise-en-place' in professional kitchens. It is a vital part of food preparation and makes a much more organised, less-stressed cook.)
    Chicken and Veg with Balsamic Drizzle
  • (I prep my asparagus by snapping off the woody ends off closest to the base. Then I shave off the ends using a vegetable peeler. Then, as this recipes requires: slice the asparagus into pieces about the length of your baby finger, just like the pic)
  • Pat the chicken thighs down using kitchen paper and season both sides with salt. Place the chicken pieces skin side-UP onto a large roasting/baking tray and place into the preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  • As soon as the chicken has been put in the oven, heat two thirds of the lard in a large, non-stick pan on the stove top and add the sliced onions. Cook over a low-moderate heat until they start to soften and partially caramelise. This can take up to 15 minutes, but its essential that they don't burn. Once they are completely softened and dark, add the sliced garlic.
  • Stir regularly to ensure the garlic doesn't burn. Garlic burns quickly and can easily ruin a dish, this is why we add it much later.
  • Tip your blitzed cauliflower (florets blitzed in a mini food processor) into the pan of cooked down onions. Stir continuously until the cauliflower cooks through over moderate heat.
  • After the chicken has done its first 20 minutes in the oven, remove the tray from the oven (do not turn the oven off). Add the asparagus pieces and the quartered tomatoes to the roasting tray and drizzle over the remaining lard (melted). Use a silicon pastry brush to brush over the rendered chicken juices too. Scatter with salt and return the tray to the oven for another 15-20 minutes.
  • Continue to cook the cauliflower. The longer you cook it, the less "cauliflower" flavour will be present. Use a wooden spoon to regularly stir it. About 15-20 minutes and it should be good to go...
  • Once the chicken and veg has finished cooking, remove the tray from the oven. Remove the chicken and set aside to keep warm. Scrape the roasted asparagus and tomatoes into the pan on the stove top with the cauliflower onion mix.
  • Finely slice the basil leaves and add this to the cauli/veg mix too. Set aside to keep warm.
  • While everything is being set aside to be kept warm, create the balsamic drizzle: add the balsamic vinegar and wholegrain mustard to a small, non-stick pan. Reduce over moderately high heat until it thickens and reduces by about two-thirds. This happens quickly, so keep an eye on it. (You are going to want to put your extractor fan on for this reduction.)
  • Serve the chicken over the cauli-veg mix and drizzle over a little balsamic reduction over each serving. A little goes a long way in terms of flavour-delivery, so don't be alarmed if it looks like it dwindled down to nothing.

A new-and-improved version of this delicious recipe features in my cookbook KETO KITCHEN.

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Nutritional Information per serving
Calories                         614Kcal / 2569kJ
Fat                                 39g
Carbohydrates              12g
Protein                           53g


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