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Keto chicken thigh recipe with chili and ginger

A quick and easy keto chicken thigh recipe to add to your dinner rotation, these juicy chicken thighs are marinated in a chili ginger soy mixture, then roasted in the oven until crispy. Miso glazed eggplant would make the perfect side dish for this chicken.

keto chicken thigh recipe with chili and lime with citrus background

Keto recipes with chicken thighs

Chicken thighs are a great option for any dinner. Whether you prefer boneless, skinless chicken thighs or bone in chicken thighs with crispy skin – you can make these recipes with either.

crispy keto chicken thigh recipe with chili and lime

Rosemary lemon chicken thighs are one of the most popular chicken recipes on the blog and one of our favorite weeknight dinners.

For an easy sheet pan dinner, Mediterranean baked chicken thighs with vegetables is a complete meal. This tray bake has chicken and vegetables roasting all together.

Also, these keto chicken thighs with charred lemon are so full of flavor! I made that recipe when we did keto last year and while I didn’t stay on keto, that recipe was fantastic and one we still make.

overhead shot of crispy keto chicken thighs

Keto crispy chicken thighs

These chicken thighs are not strictly for a keto diet. We don’t eat keto, but these thighs work perfectly if you do.

I like to add a tablespoon of brown sugar to this marinade, but those on keto will have to omit it or substitute it with a sugar-free sweetener like monkfruit.

Oven temperature for this keto chicken thigh recipe

To achieve super crispy skin, we need to roast at a high temperature. Skin that crackles and crunches when you bite into it is the goal, so crank the oven up to 400°F with convection (204°C or gas mark 6) or 425°F without convection (218°C or gas mark 7).

Because we are baking at high temps, use your heavy duty sheet pans that won’t warp in the oven.

I also highly recommend using parchment paper pan liners to save you from having to pry the chicken off of the pan.

asian chicken thighs with chili, ginger & soy served with lime garnish

I serve this chicken with lime wedges for a bit of extra zing.

The recipe calls for a few condiments that you may or may not be familiar with. Sambal is a chili paste. If you don’t own it, you can substitute with a few dashes of hot sauce.

Rice vinegar is another thing that you might not have in the pantry, but if you have white vinegar or apple cider vinegar, that is a good substitute. Balsamic vinegar is not a good substitute.

Fish sauce – it does not taste like fish. It does smell a bit funky, but it gives great flavor to the dish. If you have it, use it.

What can I serve with this keto chicken thigh recipe?

We need some dishes to round out this meal. Here are a few delicious options:

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chili ginger chicken thigh recipe

Keto chicken thigh recipe with chili and ginger

Cheryl Bennett
Crispy keto chicken thigh recipe with chili and garlic makes a delicious weeknight dinner.
4.80 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Marinate Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 35 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4 people
Calories 644 kcal



  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss to combine.
  • Let chicken marinate for 4 hours.
  • Remove chicken from marinade and shake off any excess. Discard marinade. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Place chicken, skin side up, on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Roast for 25 – 30 minutes. Let chicken rest for 5 minutes before serving.


The fish sauce is optional, if you are REALLY opposed to it, but please try it. It smells funky, but does not taste like fish.


Serving: 1gCalories: 644kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 82gFat: 54gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 39gCholesterol: 435mgSodium: 1985mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6g
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    1. Perhaps you missed this line in the post? I like to add a tablespoon of brown sugar to this marinade, but those on keto will have to omit it or substitute it with a sugar-free sweetener like monkfruit.

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