Parmesan Bacon Crusted Chicken Thighs

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Parmesan cheese and bacon combine to take boneless chicken thighs from simple to fantastic in this low-carb and Keto recipe. Plus, the prep is quick and easy, so this makes a wonderful, family-friendly weeknight meal.

We love chicken thighs. They are an every week Keto meal prep staple at our house. Many times, we make these super simple Baked Bone-in Chicken Thighs. But sometimes, you want something a little more dressed up.

One of my favorite kitchen shortcuts is to use mayonnaise as a way to get toppings to stick to baked meats. Often, an egg dip or wash is used to achieve this combination, but that gets messy and is more complicated. Mayonnaise is made out of eggs and it supplies a similar “glue” consistency, plus you can just spread it on. So easy!

Mayonnaise is a Keto staple at our house for many reasons. From dips to sauces to dressings and uses in recipes like this Parmesan Bacon Crusted Chicken Thighs, we always have several jars on hand. We always use an avocado oil based mayonnaise because we avoid industrially processed oils (they are highly inflammatory!) 

Our favorite is Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Mayo, which we include in our monthly Thrive Market autoship. They make sure I never run out!

The mayonnaise also adds a depth of flavor to these chicken thighs. Add parmesan cheese, bacon and yummy Italian flavors in the herbs and spices, and this is a dish my family all love. Keto for the win!

Easy Low Carb Chicken Thigh Recipe

Easy Low Carb Recipe

Parmesan Bacon Crusted Chicken Thighs

Parmesan cheese and bacon combine to take boneless chicken thighs from simple to fantastic in this low-carb and Keto recipe. Plus, the prep is quick and easy, so this makes a wonderful, family-friendly weeknight meal. This fabulous low-carb dish is an easy weeknight meal but it tastes like Saturday date night.
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Keto, Low Carb, Primal
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 thighs
Calories: 308kcal
Author: Angela Davis



  • If you are using fresh bacon, fry 4 – 6 slices. Drain on paper towels until cool. Crumble and set aside. If you want a faster option, we buy Real Crumbled Bacon (see notes.)
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Prepare a 9" x 13" baking pan with cooking spray or grease with butter. Trim the chicken thighs of any grizzle. Place in pan. Salt both sides of each thigh.
  • Grate parmesan cheese. If you buy shredded parmesan, you can pulse it in a food processor until it is the size and consistency of grated. In a mixing bowl, combine cheese with crumbled bacon, garlic powder, Italian seasoning and pepper. Set aside.
    Bacon and Paresan Mix for easy keto diet chicken thigh recipe.
  • Spread approximately 1 tsp of mayonnaise on each thigh. Top with parmesan mixture.
    Easy Keto Chicken Thigh Recipe
  • Bake for 30 minutes, or until thighs are cooked through.
    Easy Ketogenic Chicken Thigh Recipe


Fresh cooked bacon is the best, but sometimes I need an easier, faster option. I always keep a bag of real crumbled bacon in the fridge. Here is an Amazon link to the brand that I use. It’s a great option for this recipe to keep the prep fast and easy!
You could use any real mayonnaise, but I highly suggest you try to avoid industrially processed oils, and conventional mayos are full of them. Avocado oil based mayo is much less inflammatory. We buy Primal Kitchen Avocado Mayo and love it.
A serving is one thigh.

Nutrition – Not laboratory tested.

Nutrition Facts
Parmesan Bacon Crusted Chicken Thighs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 308 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 120mg40%
Sodium 954mg40%
Potassium 331mg9%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 143IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 176mg18%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Angela Davis

I'm Angela Davis, Co-Founder of Advantage Meals. I have a Bachelors in Anthropology and Masters in Holistic Nutrition. My passion is Ancestral Nutrition and for over a decade I've been helping Keto Diet beginners and those looking for their Primal Diet. "There is no one right way." Below are the most recent articles I've written for

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