Low Carb Syrian Chicken

Low Carb Syrian Chicken

Low Carb Syrian Chicken is a delicious aromatic dish that is quick to prepare with simple ingredients. It’s ideal for a family meal but equally at home served at a dinner party.  I often make this when guests come over and everyone loves this recipe. It is probably my most shared recipe amongst friends.

This recipe was inspired by one of my favorite recipes by Karen Martini’s classic, ‘Syrian Chicken.’ All forms of sugar, including the fruit,have been removed from the recipe. I have replaced it with eggplant, which takes up sweetness from the other ingredients. As a substitute for the sugar, I also add about 1 tablespoon of low carb sweetener, either Lokanto Monkfruit or Stevia with Erythritol (I also like to use ‘Sugarless’ brand Stevia Organic.) You can use any alternative sweetener or omit it all together, although I would recommend adding a small amount if you can. The eggplant soaks up the sweetness and imparts such a delicious flavor to this dish.

How To Serve Low Carb Syrian Chicken

Try serving Low Carb Syrian Chicken with Cous Cous or Caulicous Low Carb Cous Cous made from Cauliflower, and a simple salad. It would also be delicious served with some of the Moroccan style vegetable dishes I have shared recently such as Oven Roasted Moroccan Cauliflower, Oven Roasted Harissa Green Beans and Oven Roasted Moroccan Pumpkin. I also love to serve this with pickled lemons if I have any on hand.


Ingredients used in this recipe are fairly simple, and most of you will probably have the spice ingredients in your pantry already. If you don’t have any saffron threads, you can simply omit them. I have run out and am waiting on delivery of some at the moment so I didn’t use any in the recipe displayed this time. I do suggest that you try to add it if you can though. There is a reason that saffron is so expensive, and that’s because it does impart a beautiful flavor to dishes.

Perfect For Freezing

Thus recipe is perfect for freezing, so I often make double the recipe. I then get to use a whole tin of tomatoes in the recipe as well which is convenient. I like to use a mix of boned chicken and thigh fillets for this dish. If you are only using thigh fillets, use about 10 large thigh fillets but there is no need to adjust any other part of the recipe.

I would love to hear your feedback on this recipe as it is one of my favorites.
Enjoy Kxx

Low Carb Syrian Chicken

Low Carb Syrian Chicken

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Diabetic Recipe, Gluten Free, Keto, LCHF, Low Carb, Moroccan, Sugar Free
Keywords: chicken, chicken tagine, eggplant, middle eastern dish
Servings: 6


  • 1 kg /2lb.2oz mixed chicken pieces, thighs, drumsticks, thigh fillets or a whole chicken cut into 8 pieces
  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 2-3 tablespoons EVOO- extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 brown onions thinly sliced
  • 4 teaspoons fresh minced ginger
  • 4 teaspoons crushed garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne powder *spice warning-adjust for level of spice
  • 200 gms /7 oz tinned diced tomatoes sugar free
  • 1 large eggplant chopped into chunky cubes
  • 2 pinches saffron threads pounded in a mortar and pestle and soaked in a tablespoon of hot water- optional
  • The juice and zest of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon Monkfruit Lakanto /Erythritol or sweetener of choice
  • ¼ cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • Chopped coriander leaves to serve-optional


  • Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onions and saute till translucent.
  • Add the ginger and garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes taking care not to brown.
  • Add the chicken pieces and sprinkle the cumin, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and turmeric over the chicken, tossing the chicken so that the pieces are evenly covered with spices. Turn the heat up and saute the chicken for about 3-5 minutes. There is no need to brown the chicken, just partially cook it. Add more oil if required and turn down the heat if it starts to burn the spices.
  • Add the salt and pepper, sweetener, tinned tomatoes and egg plant and mix through thoroughly. Add the stock and allow the dish to slowly simmer for approximately 40 minutes.
  • Add the lemon juice and zest, and the steeped saffron and allow to simmer for a further 10 minutes or until the chicken is tender and cooked through.
  • Just prior to serving, sprinkle with chopped coriander.

Serving Suggestion

  • Delicious served with Cous Cous ( Cauliflower Cous Cous for low carbers) and also goes really well with the Moroccan vegetable recipes you will find on my blog such as Oven Roasted Pumpkin, Green Beans with Harissa and Oven Roasted Cauliflower.

Nutritional Information

Serving: 1serve | Calories: 426kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 28g | Fiber: 2g
Note that we calculate our own nutritional values so they may not be precise. Calculate your own if desired. Carb values exclude sugar alcohols such as Erythritol, as they generally have no impact on blood sugar levels. 50% of the carbs from Xylitol is added to nutritional values. This is consistent with industry practice.
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