Lemon chicken is one of my favorites, but cooking a whole chicken or breast can take a while. That’s why I love this keto stir-fried lemon chicken recipe – it’s ready in less than half an hour.
These colorful onions are a stir-fry staple.
If you’re in the produce section and having trouble finding green onions, try looking for shallots instead. They’re the same thing, but with a different name.
Spring onions, on the other hand, are a different animal. Nothing against them, but they’re not what you’re after for this stir-fry.
They are available year round, which is a great asset. You can store them in your crisper drawer for about a week if necessary.
When you’re ready to cook, wash the green onions and remove any wilted or damaged areas.
Using a chef’s knife, dice the onion using a rocking motion. Make sure you set some onion aside; you’ll use it for garnish later.
Green Beans: Flat vs. Round
The onions aren’t the only mean green in this stir-fry. You’ll also add green beans to the mix.
I chose flat beans, which may have you wondering what the difference is.
First, at the risk of stating the obvious, is their appearance. Flat beans are wider, like a round bean that has been gently steamrolled.
Round beans are…round. More tubular, if you will.
This distinction has cooking implications. If you like your beans on the crispier side, round beans need to cook fast.
With flat beans, you can afford to take some time. Their thick pods need more cook time, and when they get it, you’ll get a nice, tender result.
This stir-fry offers just enough time for flat beans. I like the authentic look of the heartier flat beans too.
A Micro Primer on Macros
It’s pretty normal not to pay much attention to the details of what you eat. Most people eat pretty mindlessly, and often while they’re doing other things.
Not so if you’re on a keto diet. Suddenly nutrition labels and carbs and protein seem to matter a whole lot more.
But even the labels can’t help you if you don’t know what you’re looking for. The right amount of protein, fat, and carbs to achieve your goals is an individual thing.
Just answer one simple question and you’ll know your basics. If you’d like to refine your program for better results, there’s information on that too.
This tasty keto stir-fried lemon chicken recipe is ready in less than half an hour.
- 1 chicken breast, diced
- 2 green onions, diced (save some for garnish)
- 3 oz (84 g) of green beans, sliced diagonally to 1-inch length
- 3 mushrooms, sliced (choose your favorite mushrooms)
- 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) of lemon juice
- 2 Tablespoons lemon zest
- 1 Tablespoon ginger, minced
- 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) of gluten-free tamari sauce or coconut aminos
- 3 Tablespoons (45 ml) of avocado oil, to cook with
- Add avocado oil to a large frying pan or skillet.
- Saute on high heat the chicken with green beans, mushrooms, and green onions.
- Season with lemon juice, zest, minced ginger, and tamari sauce.
- Garnish with green onions.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
Net Carbs: 3 g
- Calories: 404
- Sugar: 1 g
- Fat: 31 g
- Carbohydrates: 5 g
- Fiber: 2 g
- Protein: 25 g