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Za’atar Chicken Keto Carbonara

Our keto Za'atar Chicken Carbonara with hidden vegetables is going to be your new favourite recipe.

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This Za’atar Chicken is one of my most popular bowl licking family meals I have ever created!

Using one of my very special spice blends, all the way from the Middle East, this dish is not “spicy” in heat but has the most delicious flavours.

Za’atar Chicken is rich and creamy more so from the use of the vegetables than the cream cheese and cream.  

The Za’atar Chicken has also proven to be a hit with all the Thermomix® crowd. A super simple hidden vegetable Thermomix® recipe always proves popular.

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Za’atar Chicken Ingredients

A simple recipe that just sounds exotic. Here are the ingredients that you need. You can find them all in most supermarkets.

  1. Za’atar Spice Blend – you can buy this in some supermarkets. However it is so easy to make your own Za’atar spice blend. Use our link for more details. Trust me you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry now.
  2. Vegetables – onion, cauliflower, mushrooms and pumpkin. This is the perfect hidden vegetable keto recipe. You may know I am not a fan of cauliflower. This recipe I love. No cauliflower taste at all.
  3. Meat – I have used chicken breast in this recipe. You can substitute chicken thigh or even pork fillet.
  4. Dairy – cream, cream cheese, and cheese. This is certainly not a dairy free keto recipe. To be honest all three ingredients could be left out though and enjoyed with more of a soup base. 
  5. Chicken bone broth can be substituted with chicken or vegetable stock.
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Creamy Cauliflower Za’atar Chicken Carbonara

One of the most popular recipes ever created by me.  A family meal worthy of the weekly rotation!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Keto, Low Carb, Mediterranean
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 599kcal
Author: Megan Ellam
Servings: 4 serves
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  • 50 g onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 70 g bacon
  • 20 g butter
  • 1.5 cups cauliflower
  • 2 chicken breast skin on
  • 25 g butter extra for chicken
  • 1 tsp Za’atar Spice Blend
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 4 large mushrooms
  • 100 g pumpkin diced and cooked
  • ½ cup chicken bone broth
  • 0.75 cup cream
  • 2 tsp jalapeños optional
  • 60 g cream cheese
  • 80 g cheddar grated


  • Preheat oven to 200℃.


  • Rice cauliflower 5 seconds/speed 5. Reserve.
  • Add bacon, onion, garlic, and butter.  Chop 5 seconds/speed 5
  • Add cauliflower. Cook 4 minutes / 98℃ / speed 1
  • And pumpkin, jalapeños, cream, cream cheese, and bone broth. Cook 5 minutes / 95℃ / stir reverse
  • Meanwhile season the chicken with the za’atar and paprika, and cook chicken in butter, in frypan, over medium heat. Cook skin side down, until skin is lovely and golden. Turn once to cook other side
  • Add diced mushroom and cook until golden and cooked through.
  • Add the sauce and chicken into a small deep baking pan (I used a a bakeware loaf pan) top with grated cheese, and cook in the oven for 10 minutes, until cheese is all nice and gooey and melted.
  • Cut breast into slices. Ladle sauce over chicken. Serve with a green salad


  • To rice cauliflower, cut cauliflower into florets and place in a blender or food processor. Blend on medium speed for 5 seconds until cauliflower resembles rice.
  • Season the chicken with the za’atar and paprika, and cook chicken in butter over medium heat. Cook skin side down until skin is lovely and golden. Turn once to cook other side. Add sliced mushroom and sauté until lightly brown. Remove and reserve
  • In the same pan add bacon, cauliflower, onion, garlic, and butter. Sauté until fragrant and onion is translucent
  • And pumpkin, stock, cream, jalapeños, and cream cheese. Cook until mixture reduces by half and begins to thicken. Serve as above


This is a great family meal, don’t tell the kids about those vegetables in it and they will never guess.
Za’atar Chicken is suitable to freeze for up to 3 months.


Serving: 1serve | Calories: 599kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 207mg | Sodium: 638mg | Potassium: 839mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3651IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 213mg | Iron: 1mg | Magnesium: 54mg | Net Carbs: 8g
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  • Christine says:

    5 stars
    This is an amazing dish, very much a family favourite. Much loved by the teenager too, it re-heats really well if you have any leftovers.

  • Tania says:

    5 stars
    This is easy and omg delish!
    Highly recommended!

  • Romi says:

    In the photo in the cookbook, the dish has small, black seeds all around the edge. Are they black sesame or nigella seeds? They are not listed in the ingredients or mentioned in the book or above. They look lovely and I wonder if they are part of it or just for styling the photo. Thanks.

  • Renee W says:

    5 stars
    My god Megan… this dish is freakin’ amazing!!!
    I can’t stop eating it. ….it’s sooooo delicious, I can’t wait for lunch tomorrow.
    I doubled the za’atar and paprika seasoning on the chicken as I had 2 lge chicken breasts that I sliced in halves length ways. I think next time I might triple the seasonings for a bit more zing.
    Thanks for another super easy and super delicious recipe xxxx

  • Sue says:

    Yum yum yum. Can u tell me with your calories count….is that per serve or whole?

  • Leane says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is amazing, so tasty and reheated leftovers were delicious the next night šŸ˜€

  • Kathy M says:

    Where can we find the spice blend?

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