Keto Christmas Roast Chicken

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  • prep time

    prep time

    8 min

  • cook time

    cook time

    1 h 15 min

  • ready time

    ready time

    1 h 23 min

Keto Christmas Roast Chicken

This deliciously aromatic and buttery roasted chicken makes a great Keto Christmas recipe for smaller families or those who do not wish to buy a whole turkey. Basted in an orange and herb-infused butter, this easy Christmas Keto recipe is not only packed with fats and flavor, but also considerably reduces cooking time and stress compared to preparing a whole turkey!

Is Orange Keto?

We have used both orange juice and zest to flavor our aromatic basting butter. We have also used a 1/4 orange to stuff inside the chicken cavity to keep the meat moist. Orange can be enjoyed in moderation on a Keto diet and is a great way to adds a hint of festive flavor to the dish. If you prefer, you may substitute the orange for lemon. Be sure to adjust your macros to account for any changes made to the recipe.

Serving Suggestions

This Keto Christmas dinner main makes a fantastic festive centerpiece accompanied by your favorite low carb sides. We have a delicious range of Keto Christmas dishes in our sides section for you to try. Why not try your roasted chicken with our Keto Christmas Vegetarian Mushroom dressing, or for a quick and easy side, serve with our Keto Christmas Slaw. This recipe also creates a good amount of pan juices for drizzling over the carved meat. Alternatively, you can use the pan juices as a base to create your own low carb gravy.

  • Net Carbs

    1.2 g

  • Fiber

    0.2 g

  • Total Carbs

    1.4 g

  • Protein

    108.7 g

  • Fats

    69.4 g

1091 cals

Keto Christmas Roast Chicken

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  • Chicken, Whole, Skin Eaten

    Chicken, Whole, Skin Eaten

    3-½ pound

  • Rosemary


    2 sprigs

  • Garlic


    1 clove

  • Rosemary, Fresh

    Rosemary, Fresh

    1 teaspoon

  • Thyme, Fresh

    Thyme, Fresh

    1 teaspoon, chopped

  • Sage, Dried

    Sage, Dried

    1 teaspoon

  • Orange Juice

    Orange Juice

    1 tablespoon

  • Orange Zest

    Orange Zest

    1 teaspoon

  • Garlic Powder

    Garlic Powder

    ½ teaspoon

  • Salt, Sea Salt

    Salt, Sea Salt

    ½ teaspoon

  • Unsalted Butter

    Unsalted Butter

    ⅓ cup

  • Orange


    ¼ medium

  • Black Pepper

    Black Pepper

    ⅛ teaspoon

Recipe Steps

steps 3

1 h 23 min

  • Step 1

    Bring the butter to room temperature so that it is soft enough to mash. Add the softened butter to a bowl. Finely chop the rosemary and thyme. Add to the bowl along with the sage, orange juice, orange zest, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Mash together to combine.
    Step 1
  • Step 2

    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Carefully lift the chicken skin up and away from the chicken breast. Stuff 2/3 of the flavored butter under the skin and pat down, coating the breast beneath the skin. Dot the remaining butter over the outside of the chicken. Gently crush the garlic clove under your palm. Place the orange quarter, rosemary sprigs and crushed clove inside the cavity of the chicken.
    Step 2
  • Step 3

    Place the chicken in a roasting tin and transfer to the oven for 1 and a quarter hours, basting halfway through with the pan juices. Cook for longer if needed until the chicken is entirely cooked through, the skin is golden, and the juices run clear. Serve alongside your favorite festive Keto sides.
    Step 3