The Original Zero Carb Pizza Crust
Your dreams are now reality with this amazing No-Carb Pizza Crust recipe. It sounds too good to be true, but believe us when we say this is the best keto pizza crust we have ever created. All you need is three ingredients, 15 minutes, and all of your favorite low-carb toppings.
Reading isn’t for everyone, so we put together a quick keto pizza crust recipe video here to show you exactly how to make this.
This is not a Fathead Pizza Crust
Whether you’re new to the keto diet, or a long-time veteran, you’ve most likely heard of fathead dough, which is a blend of almond flour, cream cheese, shredded cheese and egg. What is the No-Carb crust made with? Chicken. Yep, you read that right.
Fathead “dough” mimics traditional bread dough in some recipes pretty well like in our Sausage Balls, but not all the time. Here are a few reasons why we prefer chicken crust pizza to the classic fathead dough.
Why Chicken Crust Pizza is Better than Fathead Crust
1. Chicken crust pizza is lower carb – in fact it is nearly zero carbs.
There are a couple carbs from the egg and cheese, but other than that this crust is essentially zero-carb. Fathead dough is made from almond flour, cream cheese, egg, and shredded cheese which can add up to quite a few carbs, especially when you’re topping it with lots of veggies and tomato sauce.
2. There is too much cheese on Fathead pizza.
Everyone loves cheese on top of their pizza, but then you’re essentially eating a cheese crust topped with MORE cheese. If you have dairy sensitivities, fathead dough is a no-go.
3. Fathead is higher in calories
Not everyone counts calories when on a keto diet, but if you are, then the chicken crust is a far better option than the fathead dough. Almond flour is very calorie-dense and cheese is one of those foods that you can eat a lot of without realizing it.
4. Chicken Crust is more filling
The crust of this pizza is essentially pure protein, making it extremely filling in comparison to the cheese and almond flour fathead dough. Top it with some fat of your choice like pesto, cheese, or sausage and you have a great keto meal that satisfies for hours.
How to Make the Chicken Crust
1. Choose your chicken
When you’re looking for canned chicken it’s important to read the label. A lot of them will be full of starches, maltodextrin and other preservatives. It is possible to find some that are only chicken, water and salt though! If you can score one of those, definitely pick it up!
- Here is an example of a good canned chicken option.
- Here is an example of a not so good canned chicken option.(It’s still ok if you can’t find anything better though)
2. Pick your Parmesan cheese
We’ve found freshly grated parmesan cheese adds to the overall flavor and texture of this crust, but it’s not required. If all you can get is the can of grated parmesan, that’s fine. This can even work with shredded or shaved parmesan, but grated is preferred.
3. Bind with a beaten egg
Egg is the third and final ingredient of this no-carb pizza crust. Just one egg goes a long way in making sure this crust stays together.
4. Add seasonings, if you want
You can add whatever seasonings you like to your crust, but we recommend an Italian blend or even some basil to give it that Italian touch every pizza should have.
Keto Pizza Toppings
We hate to break it to you, but if you like pineapple on pizza, you’re going to have to cut it out or at least cut back when you’re making a keto pizza. Don’t worry, there are plenty of low-carb toppings you are going to love.
Low-Carb Pizza Sauce Options
1. Buy No Sugar Added Pizza Sauce
All pizza sauce is going to have some amount of sugar just because tomatoes have naturally occurring sugars in them. The best you can do is find an option with no added sugar. The brands that are widely available, and that we usually opt for are as follows:
You’re usually looking at 3-4 grams of carbs per 1/4 cup of pizza sauce, which isn’t too bad if you use less than 1 cup per pizza.
2. Pesto Sauce
Pesto sauce is actually going to be your best option when it comes to keto pizza sauce. It’s typically made with a combination of oil, nuts, cheese, herbs and spices. Pesto sauce packs more flavor than traditional pizza sauce – so a little will go a long way.
The carb count on pesto will always be lower than normal pizza sauce. You just want to check and make sure the pesto is made with good fats (typically olive oil) and not with harmful vegetable oils (like canola or soybean oil). Here is some of our favorites:
3. No Sauce
You can always opt to skip the sauce. When we don’t have sauce at home and don’t feel like taking the time to make some from scratch, we will often just drizzle some olive oil on the crust and fill it up with toppings.
Low-Carb Pizza Toppings
- Bell Pepper
- Jalapeno Pepper
Our Favorite Keto Pizza Toppings
Toppings mostly come down to personal preference, but you’ll be happy to know that just about every traditional pizza topping is keto friendly. Some of our favorite keto pizza toppings are:
- Pesto sauce with fresh mozzarella cheese.
- Classic cheese and pepperoni.
- Prosciutto, olive oil and walnuts (when we’re feeling fancy).
The topping combinations are truly endless. We hope you take this chicken crust pizza recipe and make it your own. Experiment with different flavors and toppings. Make mini crusts and let the whole family choose their own toppings.
Keto Pizzas for Everyone
At KetoConnect, we pride ourselves on making the most delicious keto recipes we possibly can. We are strong believers that by creating tasty recipes, such as this No-Carb Pizza Crust, and making them simple and straightforward, we make a ketogenic diet easier to follow. That is our mission. This No-Carb Pizza crust is one of our strongest contributions toward that mission so far.
The ingredients are as simple as can be, the steps are easy to follow, and the end product is truly sensational. With that being said, you might be looking for a different keto crust recipe. We’ve told you our favorite recipe, now it’s time to let you decide on your favorite. Here are the other contenders for best keto pizza.
- Deep Dish Low Carb Pizza
- Fathead Pizza Crust
- Keto Cauliflower Pizza
- Coconut Flour Pizza Crust
- Blaze Keto Pizza Guide
Buy Keto Pizza at the Grocery Store
We contacted Real Good Pizza to do a review of their low-carb pizzas. We did the review which can be found here (YouTube Review, Blog Post Review), and we loved them. Real Good Pizzas are great if you’re in a time crunch, but the downside is that they are quite costly.
- No-carb crust is more filling than fathead dough.
- Chicken crust is lower in calories and carbs than other keto pizza crusts.
- Certain brands of tomato sauce offer no-sugar added which is great for pizza sauce.
- Pesto makes for a delicious high fat keto pizza sauce and balances out the protein to fat ratio in this keto recipe.
- Most veggies are fair game when making a keto pizza, except for pineapple.
- There are several keto recipes on our blog that you are sure to love.
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No Carb Pizza Crust
- Thoroughly drain the canned chicken, getting as much moisture out as possible.
- Spread chicken on a baking sheet lined with a silicon mat. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes to dry out the chicken.
- Once chicken is done baking for 10 minutes remove and place in a mixing bowl. Increase heat of oven to 500 degrees.
- Add cheese and egg to the bowl with chicken and mix.
- Pour mixture onto baking sheet lined with a silicon mat and spread thin. Placing parchment paper on top and using a rolling pin makes this easier.
- Optional: With a spatula press the edges of the crust in to for a ridge for the crust. This is beneficial is you're using topping that may slide off(i.e. eggs).
- Bake the crust for 8-10 minutes at 500 degrees.
- Remove crust from oven. Add desired toppings and bake for another 6-10 minutes at 500 degrees. Toppings will dictate final cook time.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes. Your life is now changed. Enjoy!