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Keto Chicken And Bacon {Paleo & Whole30}

In this Keto Chicken And Bacon Recipe the chicken is seasoned and pan-fried, then topped with crispy bacon. It's just as tasty and easier than traditional bacon-wrapped chicken.
Course dairy free, gluten free, keto, Main Course, paleo, whole30
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 chicken thighs
Calories 256kcal
Author Cassidy Stauffer


  • 8 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 8 oz. Bacon preferably nitrate and sugar free (can use more if desired)
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Ground Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Paprika


  • Slice bacon crosswise into 1-inch sections, then separate the bacon pieces so they aren't stuck together.
  • Heat a medium to large sized skillet over medium heat. Once hot, place bacon into the pan in a single layer and cook until the bottom is browned, without touching. Then, stir the bacon and finish cooking until the bacon is crispy. Cook in batches if needed. Once crispy, set aside on paper towel lined plate and cover with foil to keep warm. Temporarily remove pan from heat.
  • In a small bowl, combine the sea salt, onion powder, pepper, and paprika. Evenly sprinkle the spice mixture over both sides of the chicken thighs.
  • Drain off all but about 2 Tbsp. of the bacon fat and place pan back over medium heat.
  • Once hot, add the chicken and cook for 4-5 minutes per side, or until nicely browned and cooked through. Do not overcrowd pan, cook in batches if needed.
  • Once chicken is cooked, spoon the bacon over the chicken and serve.


  • When cooking the bacon, cook in a single layer and do not overcrowd the pan. If the pan is over-crowded the bacon will not get crispy. So cook in batches if needed. Also, be sure to cook over medium heat. If the pan is too hot the bacon will burn.
  • I recommend chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts. Chicken thighs have more flavor and are more tender and juicy. 


Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 528mg | Potassium: 347mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1.1mg