Keto Zesty Lemon Pecorino Crispy Chicken

Keto Zesty Lemon Pecorino Crispy Chicken
  • Author: Mia Martinez
  •  Total Time: 40 minutes


For the Chicken:
8 (2-ounce) chicken tenderloins
½ cup all-purpose flour
2 large eggs
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
Zest from 1 lemon
¼ cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
For the Sauce:
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon minced garlic
¼ cup milk
¾ cup heavy cream
¼ cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon butter


For the Chicken: Using a meat mallet, flatten the tenderloins to even thickness. Set up three bowls for dredging: one with flour, one with beaten eggs, and one with a mixture of breadcrumbs, lemon zest, and cheese. Coat each tenderloin first in flour, then in egg, and finally in the breadcrumb mixture.
Heat olive oil and butter in a large nonstick sauté pan over medium heat. Once hot, fry the chicken on both sides until golden and cooked through, about 3-5 minutes per side. Work in batches if necessary. Drain on paper towels.
For the Sauce: In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat and sauté garlic until fragrant. Whisk in flour, then gradually add milk, cream, and chicken broth. Increase heat to medium-high, bring to a boil, and cook until the sauce thickens, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice and butter. Drizzle sauce over chicken before serving.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes


  • Serving Size: 4 servings
  • Calories: 420 kcal


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