Good quality chicken is a great food to have on your keto diet since it’s a good source of protein. It’s also very versatile and can be cooked in many different ways. If you’re looking for some inspirations to cook your chicken, this Keto Thai grilled chicken is a great recipe to try.
The fat content might not be enough to keep you in ketosis, but you can be creative by adding more fats to your meal. You can perhaps serve it with a keto soup, salad like this low carb broccoli salad, and dessert such as this Keto Lava Cake.
This recipe is by Sahil Makhija and appeared on The Headbanger’s Kitchen as part of Thai month. He is passionate about food and likes to make keto dishes tasty and achievable.
I’ve taken the liberty of tweaking the recipe a little to make it even healthier. The original recipe calls for peanut butter but I have changed it for almond butter. Let me explain.
Aflatoxins in peanut butter
I’m always a bit dubious about peanut butter because of the possibility of aflatoxin, a natural toxin produced by some molds, which can cause liver cancer in animals and may do the same in humans.
However, I do know that the U.S. government tests crops for aflatoxin and doesn’t permit them to be used for human or animal food if they contain levels over 20 parts per billion
Other countries may not be so concerned. Some years ago now I remember a UK TV program revealing that some researchers had found aflatoxins in jars of peanut butter that was over the permitted level. One supermarket withdrew a batch of peanut butter from the shelves as a precaution.
Aflatoxins may also contaminate other nuts, dried fruit, corn, and other grains so perhaps I worry too much.
It seems that you are more likely to get aflatoxins in peanut butter made fresh in health stores or from small companies. Large companies producing peanut butter have better controls and some do check regularly for aflatoxins. So seek those out if you are a lover of peanut butter.
It is a fact that almond and cashew nuts have a better fatty acid profile so I prefer to stick to those.
Keto Thai Grilled Chicken
• 2 Full Chicken Legs, Drum and Thigh (organic or free range)
• 1/2 tsp. fish sauce
• 1/2 tsp. Himalayan salt (regular salt contains plastic fibers!)
• 20 g almond butter (no added sugar or other oils)
• 25 g Thai Red Curry Paste
• 40 g full-fat Greek yogurt
1. Prep the chicken. Separate the drumstick from the thigh and remove any gashes on the chicken meat.
2. In a bowl, pour the fish sauce, almond butter, yogurt, and the Thai curry paste. Add the salt and whisk all ingredients together.
3. Place the chicken into the bowl and mix together. Leave the chicken to soak the ingredients for about 30 min. If possible, leave it overnight in a fridge.
4. Preheat the oven at 425°F (220°C) for 30 minutes so it gets really hot. Arrange the chicken on the wire rack of a baking tray and bake for 30 min.
5. Serve with your chosen low carb veg or a salad.
Here’s a video of the recipe: