Grilled chicken breast topped with ham and melted provolone cheese and served over cauliflower rice pilaf makes for a simple, low carb meal that the entire family will love!
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If you spent much time in Louisville Kentucky in the ’90s or ’00s then you likely enjoyed a meal or two at KT’s restaurant. It was a local staple and one of my personal favorites.
When I was growing up, we ate there at least once a week. It was where we celebrated birthdays with ginormous brownie fudge Sundae’s, where I lost my first tooth while biting into a cheeseburger, and where I learned the trick to effortlessly getting ketchup out of a glass bottle.
I don’t have many memories from my childhood but some of my happiest times were spent at KT’s. When I was a kid I always got Freddy’s noodles from the kid’s menu which was just a cute name for Alfredo. But, once I got too old for the kid’s menu, I moved on to the Chicken Lexington.
I have no idea where the name came from, or how the dish originated. It was basically a spin on chicken cordon bleu and it was delish in its simplicity.
Sadly, KT’s closed in 2015. So as soon as I came up with my cauliflower rice pilaf recipe, I knew that I had to try and recreate the Chicken Lexington that I remembered.
Since the dish is so simple, it was really easy to replicate and the end result is fantastic. It’s so easy and simple, but so delicious!
- Grilled chicken breast – I like to use pregrilled chicken breast from Sam’s Club but any grilled chicken will do. You don’t absolutely have to grill it, but it does add a ton of flavor. In the summer I grill a bunch of chicken breast as part of my meal prep and usually use THIS recipe which would work perfectly in this recipe.
- Ham – If you are counting carbs, then be mindful of the labels when you are buying the ham for this recipe. Many varieties can have a bunch of carbs. Try to avoid anything with honey or maple in the label. I usually stick with a black forest ham which is generally pretty low in carbs and sugar.
- Provolone Cheese – I prefer not to use smoked provolone, but that is a matter of personal preference. You could also substitute the provolone for any mild flavored cheese, such as mozzarella or fontina cheese.
- Cauliflower Rice Pilaf – The recipe for this can be found HERE. I don’t recommend leaving this out or making substitutions. Since the chicken itself is so mildly flavored the dish would be really bland if you used plain or underseasoned cauliflower rice.
Be sure to check out these other great keto Baked Chicken Recipes:
- Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli, and Cauliflower Rice Casserole
- Keto Chicken Parmesan Casserole
- Maple Dijon Chicken | Keto
- Keto Bacon Crusted Chicken from Wholesome Yum
- Pepperoni Chicken with Mozzarella and Basil Pesto Tomato Sauce from Julia’s Album
- Cheesy Bacon Chicken from My Montana Kitchen
Keto Chicken Lexington Bake
- 1/2 Batch Cauliflower Rice Pilaf
- 4 Grilled Chicken Breasts about 1 lb
- 8 Slices Ham
- 8 Slices Provolone Cheese
- Grease a 7×11" casserole dish with butter or non-stick cooking spray and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Place the cauliflower rice pilaf in the bottom of the prepared casserole dish and spread into an even layer.
- Place the chicken breasts on top of the cauliflower rice, then top each chicken breast with 2 slices of ham followed by 2 slices of cheese.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is melted and slightly browned on top.