Spicy Low-carb Zuppa Toscana

Spicy Low carb Zuppa Toscana
Spicy Low carb Zuppa Toscana

This is a rich, deeply-flavoured family chicken dish. Funnyman and I love spicy food so I added a whopping half tablespoon of ground cayenne pepper which added a satisfying ‘kick’, but you can omit it if you are cooking this for kids, or reduce the amount for the those who don’t like spicy food. This creamy chicken dish can be enjoyed over Cauliflower Mash, Cauliflower Rice or shirataki / konjac noodles… It’s absolutely delicious!

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Carbs 4.9g | Fat 58g | Protein 52g
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Spicy Low carb Zuppa Toscana
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Spicy Low-carb Zuppa Toscana

Deliciously rich chicken family dinner which can be enjoyed over cauliflower rice, cauliflower mash or konjac noodles. Coming in at only 4.9g carbs per generous serving. (For my UK readers, scroll to the end of the recipe to see image ads of the products I use.)
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 people


  • 1 TB lard
  • 6 large chicken thighs
  • salt
  • 175 g (6.2 oz) streaky smoked bacon, diced
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 100 g (3.5 oz) Cabanossi sausage, chopped
  • 1/2 TB cayenne pepper
  • 250 g (8.8 oz) chicken stock
  • 100 g (3.5 oz) baby spinach
  • 50 g (1.8 oz) sour cream
  • 150 g (5.3 oz) double cream
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • chopped parsley, to garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 200°C (fan oven). This is 220°C for conventional ovens (or 425°F / gas mark 7).
  • Have all your ingredients prepped and ready. In professional kitchens, we call this mis-en-place, and its a good habit to get into to become a stress-free cook. Lightly season both sides of all the chicken thighs with salt.
    Spicy Low carb Zuppa Toscana
  • Mis-en-place also forces you to pay attention to weighing / measuring your ingredients to stick to your macros.
    Spicy Low carb Zuppa Toscana
  • Using a large non-stick pan, (that can be used both on the stove top AND inside the oven) heat the lard. Once hot, fry the chicken pieces skin-side down over high heat until the skins are golden and crispy.
    Spicy Low carb Zuppa Toscana
  • Turn over and cook the underside for one minute. Remove the chicken using tongs and set aside, skin-side up.
    Spicy Low carb Zuppa Toscana
  • There will be plenty of rendered fat remaining in the pan, so you need not add any more. Add the bacon to the pan and cook over moderate heat until they have cooked through. Add the onions and garlic and cook until the onions have softened completely. Stir regularly to avoid the garlic burning.
    Spicy Low carb Zuppa Toscana
  • Add the chopped Cabanossi sausage and cayenne pepper and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring continuously.
    Spicy Low carb Zuppa Toscana
  • Pour in the warm chicken stock and add the spinach. Stir well until the spinach wilts into the mixture.
  • Return the chicken pieces to the pan and simmer for 10 minutes.
    Spicy Low carb Zuppa Toscana
  • After 10 minutes, remove the chicken pieces again and stir in the sour cream and double cream.
    Spicy Low carb Zuppa Toscana
  • Place the chicken pieces back into the creamy mix and bake in the oven for approximately 18-20 minutes. This will be enough time to cook the chicken through, reduce the sauce a little and crisp the chicken skin further. (A meat thermometer probe is useful here, remove from the oven when the internal temperature reads 72°C / 163°F in the thickest part of the chicken.)
    Spicy Low carb Zuppa Toscana
  • Serve as is, or over Cauliflower Mash, Cauliflower Rice or shirataki / konjac noodles.

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Calories: 751kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.9g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 58g

Spicy Low-carb Zuppa Toscana
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Nutritional Information per serving
Calories                         751Kcal / 3142kJ
Fat                                 58g
Carbohydrates               4.9g
Protein                           52g

Eggs (may be found in some brands of sour cream - check label)

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