I remember eating coleslaw at cookouts growing up. It was always heavy with way too much mayo and not enough flavor. If that was our experience too, I don’t blame you for being wary of anything to do with coleslaw, but this Keto chicken coleslaw is worth giving coleslaw a second look. For starters, it doesn’t go overboard on the mayonnaise. Instead, the cabbage (a mix of red and white for color and crunch) is tossed with a light and tangy dressing made from Keto mayo and fruity white balsamic vinegar. This combo creates the perfect combination of richness, tanginess, and sweetness, without relying on sugar or artificial sweeteners. Then the whole thing is topped with a juicy pan-fried chicken breast. What’s not to love?
A Short History of Coleslaw
Did you know that the first coleslaw recipe didn’t contain any mayo? Coleslaw is believed to have been invented in the Netherlands in the early to mid-18th century. In fact, the word “coleslaw” comes from a Dutch word meaning “cabbage salad.”
The first recorded recipe for coleslaw is from 1770 and it contains shredded cabbage, melted butter, oil, and vinegar. Shredded cabbage is the one consistent ingredient in coleslaw recipes which can contain ingredients as diverse as bacon and pineapple.
Though coleslaw is fairly young as a food, its close relative sauerkraut has been around for centuries. In fact, there are historical references to a pickled cabbage condiment that date as far back as the Roman empire.
What is White Balsamic Vinegar?
When most people think of balsamic vinegar, what comes to mind is the dark brown slightly sweet vinegar most often served with tomatoes and basil. But that is not the only type of balsamic vinegar! Just like wine, vinegars come in different colors with different flavors.
Unlike white wine and red wine, white balsamic is made from the same grapes as regular balsamic. However, where balsamic is caramelized during cooking and aged for a minimum of 12 years, white balsamic is intentionally not caramelized and aged for less than one year. This produces the trademark pale golden color and light tart sweetness.
White balsamic has a lot of the same notes as traditional balsamic vinegar but it isn’t as intense or deep. It is a good choice for light summary dishes or any applications where regular balsamic vinegar would overwhelm the other flavors of the dish.
More Low-Carb Cabbage Recipes for Every Occasion
This is a great hot or cold salad to have on-the-go.
- 2 chicken breasts (400 g)
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) of olive oil
- 2/3 cup of white cabbage (100g), finely sliced
- 1/3 cup of red cabbage (50g), finely sliced
- 1 small red onion (15g), finely sliced
- 2 1/2 Tablespoons (35 g) of Keto Mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of white balsamic vinegar
- chopped parsley, to garnish
- Preheat the oven to 355°F (180°C).
- Pat the chicken breasts dry and season with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a pan and grill the chicken on both sides until golden. Transfer the chicken onto a roasting tray and place in the oven for 10-12 minutes.
- In the meantime, combine red and white cabbage with the red onion in a bowl.
- Mix the Keto mayo with the white balsamic vinegar and add to the bowl of cabbage. Mix well to evenly coat. Season the mixture with salt, if needed.
- Slice the cooked chicken and add to the coleslaw. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
Net Carbs: 3 g
- Calories: 590
- Sugar: 4 g
- Fat: 41 g
- Carbohydrates: 6 g
- Fiber: 3 g
- Protein: 48 g