Keto Sweet Chilli Chicken Salad

This Keto Sweet Chilli Chicken Salad is all kinds of amazing! Only 4g Net Carbs and high in good fats. A perfect keto dish for all seasons.
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My Keto Sweet Chilli Chicken Salad is one salad that you can win friends with. So much flavour in this easy keto dish.

If you love a great fresh crunchy salad loaded with plenty of Asian umami then here is your new go to keto chicken salad recipe.

Keto Sweet Chilli Chicken Salad Ingredients

This keto chicken salad uses ingredients you can easily source from the local supermarket.

I am a fan of Sukrin gold sweetener but there are other alternatives in the supermarket, however you note that Sukrin products are lower in carbs and are actually cheaper per 100g.

Another two products I love to have in my fridge are the Gourmet Garden tubes of fresh lemongrass and ginger in paste form. It makes whipping up any meal and absolute breeze. You can find both of them in the fridge section in the vegetable aisle.

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How to Make the best keto chicken salad

If you love easy salads, then you are going to love making the sweet chilli chicken salad. Honestly, other than marinating the chicken, this recipe is dead easy and quick.

Firstly, mix the marinade ingredients and coat the chicken. Cover and chill the chicken for 2 hours.

Sprinkle over the spices and bake in a hot oven. Allow the chicken to rest before slicing. During this time mix the dressing and salad.

Mix it all together for one of the yummiest easy keto chicken salad.

To make this a keto vegan salad simply omit the chicken and marinade. Just use the ingredients in the slaw and dressing. Alternatively, you can use plant-based meat as a substitute.

Want more of the best keto salad recipes

Whether you like hot salad or a cold salad I have a few that will serve you well all year round. Here are just a few of my favourites.

  1. Keto Tabbouleh Salad – using hemp hearts
  2. Keto “Potato Salad”
  3. Keto Big Mac Salad Bowl
  4. Baja Keto Chicken Salad
  5. Smoky Ranch Chicken Salad

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Keto Sweet Chilli Chicken Salad

This Sticky Sweet Chilli Chicken is so damn good!
5 from 4 votes!
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 50 mins
marinating time: 2 hrs
Total Time: 3 hrs 5 mins
Course: Lunch and Dinner
Cuisine: Chinese
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 448kcal
Author: Megan Ellam
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Servings: 4 Serves
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  • 2 tablespoons gold sweetener See Notes
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha or chilli and garlic sauce
  • 1 tablespoon black vinegar also known as Chinkiang, See Notes
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 600 g chicken thigh fillets
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon Chinese five-spice
  • Salt flakes and black pepper


    Asian Slaw

    • 1/2 cup coriander leaves
    • 1/4 cup mint leaves
    • 1/2 cup wombok cabbage shredded (or napa cabbage)
    • 1/4 small red capsicum julienned
    • 1/4 cup red onion thinly sliced
    • 20 g peanuts or toasted almonds, coarsely chopped


    • 1 tbsp ginger paste
    • 1 tsp lemongrass paste
    • 1 tsp sesame oil
    • 1 tsp salt flakes
    • 1 tbsp lime juice
    • 1 tbsp white vinegar
    • 2 tbsp olive oil


    • Mix the sweetener, sriracha, black vinegar, lime zest and juice in a large bowl. Massage marinade into chicken and leave to marinate for 2 hours or overnight.
    • Preheat oven to 220°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
    • Combine spices in separate bowl and reserve.
    • Place the marinated chicken fillets in a single layer onto the prepared baking tray. Sprinkle with spices.
    • Bake for 30-40 minutes, turning and basting with marinade half way. Bake chicken until it is caramelised and slightly crispy on the edges.
    • Allow chicken to rest for 3-5 minutes before slicing.


    • Place all dressing ingredients into a small jar. Put the lid on and give a good shake to combine. Reserve.


    • In a large bowl toss all salad ingredients. Add cooked chicken and dressing and toss to combine. Serve immediately.


    Best served immediately after dressing is added. Alternatively, place dressing in the bottom of a mason jar and top with salad for an easy meal at any time.
    I use Gourmet Garden lemongrass and ginger paste. Alternatively, use fresh lemongrass and fresh ginger.
    Black Vinegar or Chinkiang Vinegar is available in the Asian aisle in the supermarket or almost all Asian market stores. Balsamic or apple cider vinegar can be substituted.

    Your Own Notes


    Serving: 1serve | Calories: 448kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 147mg | Sodium: 789mg | Potassium: 417mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 411IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2mg | Magnesium: 41mg | Net Carbs: 4g
    Tried this recipe?Mention @meganellam or tag #madcreations!

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    • Lynda H says:

      5 stars
      Made this for lunch today .. my tastebuds went crazy Megan!! Absolutely sensational. Love how refreshing it is also 😍

    • Kym S says:

      5 stars
      What a winner! It’s fresh, it’s tasty, it’s zingy, it’s good… really, really good! I can’t have gluten, so I can’t use black vinegar (malt). I read somewhere a substitute was combining 1.5 tsp balsamic vinegar + 1.5 tsp rice wine vinegar + 1 tblsp water, so that’s what I did. I have no way to compare if it’s a good sub or not, but it sure tasted good to me. Thanks again Megan x I look forward to making this again and again.

      • Megan Mad Creations Hub says:

        That is so good to hear Kym and thanks for sharing the substitution for the black vinegar. I am so happy you enjoyed the recipe and thanks again for leaving a rating and review it is so appreciated.

    • Kristen M says:

      Is black vinegar malt vinegar? Or is it something specific I would find in an Asian grocer?

      • Megan Mad Creations Hub says:

        Black vinegar is different to malt vinegar. Depending on what country you live it is available in most supermarkets. In Australia I do know you can get it in the Asian Grocer aisle in Woolworths. It is also called Chinkiang vinegar oh and yes it is available in many different brands in Asian grocers.

    • Karen C says:

      5 stars
      Omg, this is an absolutely epic salad. So refreshing for summertime. Restaurant quality, I must say. Will be made again in this household, I must say. What a winner!!!!

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